Star Marque Rising

Star Marque Rising by Shami StovallThe future is governed through a genetic hierarchy—superhumans at the top, humans and defects at the bottom. Welcome to an all-new military science fiction novel from critically-acclaimed author Shami Stovall.

Clevon Demarco, a genetically modified human, has a cocksure attitude and the combat skills to back it up. With his unparalleled skills, he makes his living as a ruthless gunrunner on a shady space station near the edges of the quadrant. Stronger, faster, and wittier than most sad sacks, no one even comes close to Demarco’s abilities—until he crosses paths with the captain of the notorious Star Marque, Endellion Voight.

Captain Voight arrests Demarco and offers him a choice: go to a prison planet for his crimes, or join her starship, the Star Marque, working as mercenaries for the superhumans. But she didn’t pick him at random. She has a plan to become a planet governor; a title no human has held since the superhumans won the war. It doesn’t matter the cost—assassinations, extortion, blackmail—she’s determined to claw her way to the top.

All Captain Voight needs is Demarco’s help to carry out her machinations, and she’ll give him everything he’s ever wanted in return.

A fast-paced space opera for those who enjoy Old Man’s War by John Scalzi, Revelation Space by Alastair Reynolds, or anything by Robert A. Heinlein.

Amazon Reviews:

I absolutely loved this book. It was an exciting adventure with some great characters. As I read it, I kept being reminded of Pitch Black. If you enjoy a science fiction book with an anti-hero, this may be the book for you to check out. – Kendra

Ever since the war the superhumans have ruled. Normals and those deemed defective are at the bottom and little better than slaves. Now a normal mercenary has a plan. She’s determined to claw her way up no matter the cost to get power no normal human has possessed since before the war. – James Haydon

My favorite kind of story. A tough guy with a good heart. You can’t help routing for Clevon Demarco from the very beginning. He’s lived a hard life, depending on his super strength to survive. When he’s picked up to be trained as an Enforcer on the notorious Star Marque with Endellion Voight, a driven Captain, his world changes in a way he never imagined. A refreshing science fiction story with a fantastic ending. You won’t be able to put it down. – Mary E. Merrell

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