The Rebels is a science fiction adventure with a dash of romance and humour. It's about a Adrian Stannis, a scientist who has just escaped a tyrannical regime only to be kidnapped by a bounty hunter intent on selling him back to the Empire. But nothing is ever that straight-forward with Adrian and he finds himself embroiled in an adventure--which is the last thing he wants.
Meanwhile, his consort, a psi-enhanced female named Kali, sets out to rescue him, but she runs into a band of rebels,--on a space cruise ship of all things--who have their own agenda. Then all hell breaks loose...
The book explores themes of humanity in the face of adversity and the choices people make.
The Rebels by Elizabeth Lang
“Let’s get out of this hell hole!” Bryce bellowed. Fear bubbled in his stomach, flooding his mouth with the rank taste of yesterday’s vomit. He imagined faceless soldiers charging through the hallways like dark specters of death. One of them had a phaser burst with his name on it—he just knew it.
The jump gate flared, beckoning from the top of the platform, its undulating waves of energy like a temptress luring him closer. He took a step, wincing at the traitorous clank when his feet hit the metal ramp. He felt like one of those legendary rats trampling each other as they abandoned a sinking ship, except that he was the only one running.
Banks of instrument panels winked red, signaling some dark secret. He hoped it wasn’t his obituary.
Cupping his hands to his mouth and bellowing above the intermittent whoosh of the energy coils, he cried, “The Admiral is coming! What are we waiting for? Let’s get out of here!”
The object of his warnings finally raised his head, tearing his attention from the small, wafer-thin device in his hands. Lieutenant Adrian Stannis looked at him blankly, a pale-faced ghost with hazel eyes that pierced right through him. The man might be his boss and a genius, but sometimes, he didn’t have much sense.
The woman beside him wasn’t any better. Kali Mirren seemed frozen, her smoky gray eyes filled with concern and her forehead etched like crushed velvet. With raven hair that cascaded past her shoulders and wine-red lips, she made her black uniform look sensual instead of intimidating.
Now, if only she would have better taste in men.