SFR Brigade Presents: STARRIE 3.1


Enjoy some Science Fiction Adventure from the Ambasadora-verse! I'm posting excerpts of my novel Starrie in order starting from chapter one. This is the twelfth post and we just started chapter three. It has been edited for content and space per the SFR Brigade Presents guidelines. Read the rest of the story so far on the Starrie page.

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Ben slapped an adhesive grenade onto the electronic lock and stepped back as the incendiary device blew the door from its frame with a loud boom.

He slipped through the caustic residual smoke and into Stavros's bedroom. The ringing in his ears complemented the frantic squeals and unintelligible screams blasting from the mind minstrel.

What Ben witnessed beyond the fog of smoke and adrenaline stopped him in his tracks, stopped the shriek of the mind minstrel, stopped time, in fact.

Stavros—pieces of Stavros—littered the stone floor.

No one moved, except the woman standing half-naked atop the burning bed. With one fluid motion she snapped a retractable electric whip in an arc over her body. The thin wire, burning blue-white with the voltage streaming through its coil, snaked around Stavros's head, severing it from his dismembered torso and sending it rolling along the polished stone to rest at Ben's feet.

She stared back at Ben with Mari's familiar coral irises…until they blinked to an icy blue at the same moment her sugary blonde hair darkened to midnight black.

He recognized her then with a little jolt of fear—Naela Starrie, the Embassy's most elusive assassin.


Starrie is a direct sequel to Greenshift. It follows the story of Ben Anlow (David's younger brother) and his team as they embark on a revenge mission to bring down serial murderer and rapist, Liu Stavros, at his fortress in the inhospitable mountains of Tampa Three. But contractor Naela Starrie already has her own kind of vengeance planned for Stavros. Even as a battle-hardened soldier, Ben's not prepared for the darkness he sees in the female assassin, nor the way she challenges his prejudices about contractors when she makes a sacrifice to save to his life.

This novel runs concurrent with Ambasadora Book 1: Marked by Light, the first book of the main space opera series. And we follow a thread of Starrie into Book 2: Scarred by Light.

Look for Starrie from Dog Star Books in July 2014 and Ambasadora Book 2: Scarred by Light in late 2014.


  1. Love all the great descriptive details--and also that you didn't include too many details about Stavros's remains, but cut right to the assassin. Nice pacing!

  2. Tense moment indeed. I was riveted. Excellent excerpt!

  3. Love the descriptions. Yet again I feel like I'm holding my breath waiting to see what she'll do next.


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