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BIRTH OF A NEW BREED: ATTAINMENT By Mary Ann Steele
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Volume Two At the headquarters of the Interworld Corps, the matching of couples continues. Theo instantly warms to his prospective bride, until she frankly makes a confession that scandalizes the... More > morally upright Gaean. Managing to control the violent emotions unleashed by her candid admission, the Captain narrowly avoids disaster. Jassy falls in love at his first sight of his prospective wife, but fails to realize that she endures bitter disappointment owing to his inability to rouse her to passion. Arlen gives Dahl crucial insight into the thinking of the woman matched with him. Dahl makes an astoundingly gallant gesture that profoundly reassures the lonely widow he marries. Having docked in Columbia on routine business, Evan, accompanied by Talley and two experienced spacer-fighters, negotiates with a demented hostage-taker levying demands the Interworld Corpsman knows he cannot grant. Utilizing techniques learned from Arlen, Evan resolves an incendiary crisis.< Less
TRIAL BY FIRE - SURVIVAL By Mary Ann Steele
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In this first volume of the two-volume fifth novel of the series, Merline, a Gaean spacer-fighter, crash-docks a lifeboat in Columbia, and gets captured, after learning that Slade, a Second Corps... More > captain, deals in illicit drugs. Callously and secretly, Slade confines the prisoner of war in a military penal work force, figuring that she won’t survive incarceration with fifteen hardened male criminals. Hogar, a former Second Corps captain serving a twenty-Earthyear sentence for a murder committed in a red haze of rage, fights the other inmates, and prevents gang rape. Unable to protect Merline from assault by lecherous guards, he nonetheless teaches her how to survive a ghastly situation. Hogar deals cannily with a guard, so as to tip the Commander of Second Corps that a potentially explosive political problem exists. The investigators arrive too late to save Merline from suffering a heinous assault by a sadistic officer.< Less
TRIAL BY FIRE - FINAL RECKONING By Mary Ann Steele
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In this second volume of the two-volume fifth novel of the series, Hogar’s friend Wolf, who went renegade so as to keep his ship from being confiscated by unscrupulous financial manipulators,... More > runs out of parts to sell to rock-hopper captains. In desperation, Wolf raids Barton, a grasping Gaean supplier. Having discovered that Barton possesses a supply of Gaeanite, Wolf abducts Lesley, Barton’s niece, intending to trade his hostage for the priceless mineral. To Wolf’s intense chagrin, Barton refuses to pay the ransom.< Less
TO FIND, AND NOT TO YIELD - CALCULATED RISK By Mary Ann Steele
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Lacey, formerly a captain in Arlen’s Special Force, finds the idle life of a wealthy ship-owner boring. When he seeks information regarding the issuance of government shipping contracts from... More > Darley, an official, Darley offers to introduce him to Adrienne. Lacey’s preconceived notions having shattered when he attends Adrienne’s nightly gathering, he becomes her lover, displacing Marcus, the corrupt Minister of Internal Resources, thereby making a dangerous enemy. Lacey grows to love the legendary courtesan.< Less
TO FIND, AND NOT TO YIELD - DARING REWARDED By Mary Ann Steele
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Having purchased a second ship, Lacey hires Gaean women. Rafael, now Captain, appoints as second officer Matesi, a Gaean ex-rockhopper spacer. Lacey hires four Gaean women and two Gaean men. Adrienne... More > fears that if these likeable new shipmates find out that she was once a courtesan, they will withdraw their friendship. When a misunderstanding arises between Liam and Hilary, a Gaean crewmember, Adrienne reconciles the pair. When Liam marries Hilary, Rafael weds Matesi, and Ian marries Norah, Lacey throws a party ashore.< Less
DANGEROUS ADVERSARIES - BATTLE JOINED By Mary Ann Steele
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In this first volume of the two-volume sixth novel of the series, Sebastian, Chief of Internal Security of the Military Complex, captures and interrogates Marianne, a Gaean spy who accessed secret... More > data. Knowing that if Milhauss discovers that she entered the Arsenal, he’ll confine her in a military penal work force, Sebastian conceals evidence. He offers to confine her in his aunt’s home, but demands that she engage in sexual exchanges in which he’ll indulge his penchant for inflicting pain. Marianne agrees only after he lets her see her wounded brother Merrill.< Less
Dark Bargain By Mary Ann Steele
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Aubrey, brother of Islara, a female broker, unwittingly causes Regan, a former Second Corps Captain turned broker, a huge financial loss. To prevent Regan’s pressing charges, Islara offers to... More > work for Regan for a mere pittance. The irate broker offers a counter-proposal: if she’ll marry him, and accept his unorthodox means of gaining sensual satisfaction, he’ll hire her, and prove a generous, considerate employer/husband. Appalled, Islara yet agrees, to protect Aubrey. Finding that Regan does treat her as his intellectual equal, and does prove a pleasant companion, Islara comes to enjoy a new life spiced with exciting professional challenges.< Less
DANGEROUS ADVERSARIES - NO TURNING BACK By Mary Ann Steele
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In this second volume of the two-volume sixth novel of the series, Marianne marries Sebastian, despite harboring troubling misgivings about doing so. Sebastian, now a teaching fellow at the... More > University and a consultant to the Ministry of Internal Security, and Marianne, a full-time student, begin an arduous regimen of work and study. Marianne observes with dismay that Gavin, a swordsman capable of besting Sebastian in a duel, lusts after her.< Less
MASTER OF MY FATE-A SHIP TAKES SHAPE - Volume 2 By Mary Ann Steele
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Having fallen deeply in love with Cleo, his Gaean prisoner of war, Michael, Captain of a Columbian crew stranded on an abandoned space station, worries constantly about what he knows will happen to... More > Cleo, when their improvised escape vehicle arrives in Columbia. Michael secretly weighs implementing a wild, fanciful plan that could solve his problems as well as Cleo’s. He hones his plan, frets over it, and refines it in the inner reaches of his mind. < Less
MASTER OF FATE-ASHES OF WRATH By Mary Ann Steele
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Four Earthyears before Signe drives Norman’s force of invaders off Gaea, Michael, Captain of a six-man Columbian military scientific team, docks a crippled ship on an isolated Gaean space... More > station occupied by a team of civilian researchers. The Columbians capture a female Gaean life-support engineer, but fail to force her to reveal the location of the sole escape vehicle, before her comrades lift. Cleo’s feat provokes bitter anger in three of the six men now marooned on the isolated outpost, but most of all in Nigel, the dangerous and sometimes cruel second officer. < Less