Two Books from the Hope Island Chronicles.
Uncommon Purpose #1
Following the bloody war between the Athenian Republic and the Pruessen Empire, an uneasy peace has settled over the region of space known as The Tunguska Fault.
The Telford family's independent trading vessel, the Belinda is captured by Pruessen slavers and the crew forced into a life of brutal servitude. Their desperate bid for freedom succeeds but a tragic price is paid.
Years pass and Nathan Telford, fighting the nightmares of his past and yearning for revenge, joins the Athenian Navy. His first posting is aboard the warship Truculent, patrolling the northern quarantine zone beyond which lurks the Empire.
Answering a distress call from a beleaguered freighter, the routine mission becomes a desperate fight for survival. The Pruessans are once again testing the defenses of the Republic and this time they have technology far in advance of the last war.
It is left to Nathan, three untried middies and a disgruntled petty officer to try and avert a looming disaster.
With their high tech weapons rendered useless and facing overwhelming odds, Nathan risks everything on a brave, hastily conceived gamble.
First Comes Duty #2
The hero of Genevieve Incident is assigned to the Monitor Insolent as she escorts a freighter into the northern reaches of league space. Their destination, the distant world of Cimmeria.
While the Cimmerians are striving to find their own identity under the yoke of a corrupt regime, far from their world the Pruessen Navy have made their own plans for Cimmeria.
As the battle lines are drawn, one rookie ensign, a handful of friends and a rag tag band of freedom fighters try to hold the line against an implacable enemy who outgun and outnumber them.
Nathan's hastily conceived plan of attack may cost him his life, but for an officer in the Athenian Navy, nothing comes before his duty.