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Only Owen Deathstalker—outlawed, with a price on his head and a mighty warrior lineage in his veins—had the courage to take up sword and energy gun against Queen Lionstone XIV. Now as he gathers his unlikely force—the legendary washed-up hero Jack Random, the beautiful pirate Hazel d'Arc, the original Deathstalker long since presumed dead, and the alien Hadenmen—the eyes of the downtrodden are upon him…while the freedom of a galaxy awaits!
Silence’s troops? They couldn’t touch us with anything they had. I don’t think any of us could do that separately. There might be other things we could learn to do together. Powerful things. Don’t we have a responsibility to the rebellion to become as powerful as possible? We’re the rebellion’s secret weapon, the ace in the hole; we’re the one thing that might tip the coming war in our favor. Are we being selfish in valuing our own individuality over the rebellion’s needs?” “Perhaps some of what
censors will also examine all footage,” Kassar said quickly. “To check for blasphemies or disrespect. Standards must be maintained.” Toby kept smiling, though his cheeks were beginning to ache from the strain. “Of course. Whatever you wish. Don’t worry about inconveniencing me. I’m used to working with people looking over my shoulder.” He fussed the three of them about some more, partly to get the best grouping for the camera and partly just because he could. He’d expected some kind of
said Ruby, trying hard to be tactful for once. “We don’t know,” said Storm. “They wouldn’t tell us. Just gave us landing coordinates and told us we’d be contacted. I hate going into situations blind. I just hope the paranoid bastards find us before the Empire forces do. We were promised a distraction to keep them occupied somewhere else, but I’m growing less trusting by the second. I would also like to point out that I am losing all feeling in my extremities.” “Don’t worry,” said Random. “At
are very keen that you should cooperate,” said Toby. “Trust me, just lie back and relax, and it’ll be over before you know it.” “Get out,” said Lily. “Honestly,” said Toby, smiling till his cheeks ached, “you’ll enjoy it, once we get started. Haven’t you ever wanted to have your face on the holoscreen, broadcast across the entire Empire, in front of a guaranteed audience of practically everyone with a set? The stardrive ceremony is big news. There’s bound to be a massive audience. Your names
deck. Standard sword, heavy enough to do real damage, without being so long it became unwieldy. Scattered across the desk before her were the component parts of her projectile weapon. Actually, there looked to be enough parts to make several weapons. Owen had no idea the things were so damn complicated. He had ambivalent feelings about the antiquated projectile weapons his ancestor Giles had provided from the Last Standing’s armory. They weren’t nearly as powerful or as accurate as energy