Environmental Hazard Enforcement officer Shan Frankland agreed to lead a mission to Cavanagh's Star, knowing that 150 years would elapse before she could finally return home. But her landing, with a small group of scientists and Marines, has not gone unnoticed by Aras, the planet's designated guardian. An eternally evolving world himself, this sad, powerful being has already obliterated millions of alien interlopers and their great cities to protect the fragile native population. Now Shan and her party -- plus the small colony of fundamentalist humans who preceded them -- could face a similar annihilation . . . or a fate far worse. Because Aras possesses a secret of the blood that would be disastrous if it fell into human hands -- if the gethes survive the impending war their coming has inadvertently hastened.
Cabot Layne has become the owner of someone else's problem. In order to get free of it, he'll need to use every bit of his trader cunning. If he does it just right, he might stay out of prison. With a little luck, he'll even manage to turn a profit.
He's given up his old ways--mostly--thanks to his cushy life on a PAC space station. But behind his mild-mannered shopkeeper's facade, he's hiding a whole lot more.
Sometimes you have to break the rules to do the right thing.
The Cost of Business is a quiet story of cleverness and empathy. For some heroes, wits are much stronger than firepower.
Books in the Dragonfire Station universe in written order:
(each series is self-contained and need not be read in order)
Dragonfire Station Book 1: Translucid
Dragonfire Station Book 2: Fragments
Dragonfire Station Book 3: Coalescence
Intersections: Dragonfire Station Short Stories
Mercenary Warfare Book 1: Selling Out
Mercenary Warfare Book 2: Blood Money
Mercenary Warfare Book 3: Hell to Pay
Mercenary Warfare Book 4: Calculated Risk
Mercenary Warfare Book 5: Going for Broke
Chains of Command Book 1: New Blood
Chains of Command Book 2: Blood and Bone
Chains of Command Book 3: Cut to the Bone
Chains of Command Book 4: Out for Blood
-- VIZ Media