Petrina — a near future SF novel of pirates, Monks, bounty hunters and a kidnapped hamster — is free on Amazon until Sunday night. Currently it seems to be #16 in the Hard SF free list on Amazon UK.
Grab it while you can:
“Hello? Hello?” Sameer muttered into the suit mike. He’d tied the drone securely to the Big Momma with more ropes. It was d*mn cool, and if they survived, he was going to keep it as his personal toy.
He looked around the outside of the ship, and noticed the outer airlock hatch unlatch and begin to open. They clearly hadn’t fully depressurized it first, because a thin spray of air and water vapour spewed out into space.
Followed by three bodies.
It’s New Year’s Eve, 2091. Party time at the Heavenly Retreat habitat, The Sleaziest Place In The Solar SystemTM.
Although his instincts tell him it’s a scam, Brother Thomas hopes he has an easy job, collecting an exotic experience recording for the Abbot. But when he steps out of the monastery into the World, his blood-soaked past returns to haunt him.
Peter Kaine thinks he’s found an easy job, tidying up after a messy divorce. But the unwritten rule of bounty hunting is that your second client is never as easy as the first.
The crew of the space freighter Big Momma think they’ve found an easy job, carrying cargo from the Heavenly Retreat to the backwater asteroid of Petrina. But life is never easy around the kind of passengers willing to pay for a cabin on their ship.