Lost With Nothing to Lose

Not-Quite Human

Book 2

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Unable to find a home and acceptance on Earth, an intrepid band of misplaced youth seek their ancestral home among the stars. Unfortunately, their reception is not quite what they hoped for.

The home they discover is a hostile environment, involved in a huge interstellar war with a hostile alien species. Everyone is on guard, and the newcomers are viewed as untrusted interlopers. They search for a place in a world with no use for them, with no place to turn for assistance.

Faced with an unwinnable situation, they seek to change the rules, risking arrest, trial and even death in hopes of fixing a world they know little about.



1) Homeport Issues

Our crew doesn’t find the welcoming they expected.

I: Home, Unwelcoming Home

2) Immigrant Processing

The team gets their first taste of their welcome in their new home.

3) Under Guard and Under Suspicion

The team’s reception goes horribly wrong.

4) Al’s Bluff Pans Out

Al bets everything on a hunch.

II: Arrival at Tandor

5) Exploring an Alien World

Humans view their first inhabited alien world.

6) Testing Their Limits

The team leans that interstellar empires aren’t all they’re cracked up to be.

7) Preparing for War

Preparing for deployment.

8) Shipping Out

Having made plenty of enemies at home, the team heads for Tandor’s sworn enemies.

III: Heading to the Front

9) Sabotage

The team’s plan for survival—active treason!

10) Unexpected Allies

Facing Exposure, our team discovers someone who’ll offer cover.

11) More Machinations

Al’s team makes unauthorized shipwide adjustments, as well as making a few social adjustments too.

12) Setting a Conspiracy in Motion

Al’s team, plus one, prepare for their encounter with hostile forces.

IV: Engaging the Enemy

13) Contact With the Enemy

Al’s team makes contact with the Zssizliq, independently of the Tandorians.

14) Sneaking Out to Meet a Paramour

Al finally meets with the mysterious Zssizliq.

15) Crushing the Enemy

The humans engage in their first combat with the aliens.

V: Delicate Negotiations

16: Returning Victors

The crew discovers victory isn’t as sweet as advertised.

17: Retribution

The regional Tandorian military authorities decide to crush their buggy enemies.

18: Repairing a Broken Truce

Al’s team is sent to salvage a mess not of their making.

VI: Visiting Tandora

19: Hiding an Army

Hiding an invading fleet in plain sight.

20: Showdown With a Galactic Emperor

Eliminating the root of the problem.

21: And the Cycle Begins Anew

Al and his team consider their future once again.


Note: I’m testing out a new feature. You’ll notice that each chapter’s epigraph now has an active link. That’s so, if you ever want to use the quote yourself, you can click on the link, it’ll take you to my new Bibliography page, and when you click the chapter you just came from, it’ll return you. Easy peasy!

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