Pico's Crush

Central Galactic Concordance

Book 3
Chavanch Press, LLC
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Trouble comes to paradise when a serial killer chooses a galaxy-famous college campus for his hunting ground.

A galactic security specialist expects a quiet vacation visit to his daughter's college campus. Instead he finds himself in battling for the safety of the students, with old friends and an ex-military squad-mate fighting at his side. Can they find a cunning serial killer before he finds his next target?

 When ex-military sniper and current personal security specialist Jerzi Adams visits his daughter Pico's quiet college on the paradise-like planet of Nila Marbela, he doesn’t expect emergency evacuations and rogue robots. Nor does he expect to renew a friendship with former squad-mate.

 Explosions, sabotage, and assaults used to be Andra De Luna's daily routine, but she gave it up for a professorship at a prestigious university. Now she's flung back into that world, with an entire floating campus of students to protect.

 When the hunt for a cunning serial killer leads Jerzi's old friends Luka and Mairwen (Overload Flux) to town, there's trouble in paradise as the body count starts to rise. Either the world of academia has gone from merely cutthroat to downright deadly, or more sinister forces are in conflict, with the campus as a battleground. Without an improvised miracle or two, no one’s going to make it out alive.

Come along for the next wild ride in the Central Galactic Concordance series—get your copy of Pico's Crush today!

 NOTE: Pico's Crush is a complete story. It can be enjoyed without having read the series, but your experience will be enhanced if you've read the previous books.

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The Central Galactic Concordance series:

• Overload Flux (Book 1)

• Minder Rising (Book 2)

• Zero Flux (Novella 2.5) – sequel to Overload Flux

• Pico's Crush (Book 3)

• Jumper’s Hope (Book 4)

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Carol Van Natta is a USA TODAY bestselling science fiction and fantasy author. Works include the Central Galactic Concordance space opera series, paranormal romance, and retro science fiction comedy. She shares her Fort Collins, CO home with a sometime mad scientist and various cats. Find her on the web at Author.CarolVanNatta.com or facebook.com/CarolVanNattaAuthor. Sign up for her author newsletter at http://bit.ly/CVN-news.

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Chavanch Press, LLC
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Jan 28, 2016
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Pages
289
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ISBN
9780983174134
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Language
English
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Fiction / Romance / Action & Adventure
Fiction / Romance / Fantasy
Fiction / Romance / Multicultural & Interracial
Fiction / Romance / Paranormal
Fiction / Romance / Science Fiction
Fiction / Romance / Suspense
Fiction / Science Fiction / Action & Adventure
Fiction / Science Fiction / General
Fiction / Science Fiction / Genetic Engineering
Fiction / Science Fiction / Hard Science Fiction
Fiction / Science Fiction / Military
Fiction / Science Fiction / Space Opera
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Reunited lovers must outwit a ruthless government agent, or their rumored deaths will be real this time.
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But now, Kerzanna is being hunted for reasons she can’t guess, and even more stunning, the man who helps her escape is Jess, her supposedly dead lover. For Jess, discovering Kerzanna is still alive is only the first of the lies and betrayal he uncovers.

Worst of all, their hunter is someone with CPS intel and lethal resources. Someone who believes the only obstacles standing in the way of success are one broken-down ex-Jumper and a fractured Kameleon.

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Hang on for a desperate race for survival in the far reaches of deep space—get your copy of Jumper's Hope today!

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The Central Galactic Concordance series:
• Overload Flux (Book 1)
• Minder Rising (Book 2)
• Zero Flux (Novella 2.5)
• Pico's Crush (Book 3)
• Jumper's Hope (Book 4)

A covert agent asked to train a prodigy telepath discovers he must first keep the boy and his mother alive in a gleaming city full of danger.

 A millennium into the future, the Citizen Protection Service tests all children for minder talents, and recruits the best.

 Injured agent Lièrén Sòng is recovering from a near-fatal crash in Spires, the gleaming capital city of the galaxy. He should be preparing to return to interrogating criminals for the Citizen Protection Service, but he's made unexpected friends with a woman and her son. The boy has strong telepathic talents similar to Lièrén's, and his attractive mother makes Lièrén long for the stability of family.

Imara Sesay works hard as a road crew chief in Spires and part-time bartender to provide for her son Derrit. For him, she even breaks her ironclad rule never to get close to a customer, when she trusts Lièrén to teach her son how to control his growing telepathic talents.

However, new fatalities in his covert unit make Lièrén suspect he isn't a lucky survivor, he's a loose end. He should pull away from Imara and Derrit to keep them safe. But when the local CPS Testing Center shows a more than usual interest in the boy, Lièrén must make an impossible choice—protect the boy, or run for his own life. Can he stay alive long enough to save Imara and her prodigy son?

** 2015 SFR Galaxy Award winner **



Hang on for another action-packed ride through a futuristic galaxy—get your copy of Minder Rising today!

The Central Galactic Concordance series:

 • Overload Flux (Book 1)

 • Minder Rising (Book 2)

 • Zero Flux (Novella 2.5)

 • Pico's Crush (Book 3)

 • Jumper’s Hope (Book 4)

 

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