Prime directive

by Bunn, T. Davis, 1952-

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Lieutenant Amanda Bostick is ordered to investigate why scientists on a distant outpost on the planet of Lorian are being murdered with no alarm raised.

"In the past ninety days, sixteen colonists have been murdered, and nobody thought to report it until now?"

When a number of scientists are mysteriously killed on an insignificant scientific outpost on the planet of Loria and no alarm is raised, Commander Rickets of the Galactic Space Arm (GSA) is angered that no one can explain why. Rickets orders Lieutenant Amanda Bostick along with two armed Guardians, Sergeant Hamoud and Corporal Nasim, to investigate.

All three have faced setbacks in their careers and time is against them: the GSA is demanding answers within ten days. But they have no idea what to expect as there are few reports on the planet.

Why are the scientists being killed? Is there more to the mission than first appears? Are the sentient Lorians who inhabit the planet more of a threat than the GSA realize?
Published Reviews
Publisher's Weekly Review: "An obscure intergalactic outpost becomes a concern to the Human Empire in this fast-paced, retro-feeling sci-fi mystery from Bunn (The Fragment). After 16 scientists die on the planet Loria within 90 days of each other, aspiring diplomat Lt. Amanda Bostick is tasked by her no-nonsense sector commandant to investigate and prevent any more human fatalities--all in just 10 days. Amanda is anxious to prove herself, but finds Loria's human scientists evasive and their telepathic alien subjects of study baffling. The plot thickens as the pirates who raid the neighboring systems work to claim Loria for their new base. Now Amanda must find a way to placate a pirate king, rescue a princess, unite the Empire with its distrusting allies, and discover how primitive aliens could be capable of shredding a star cruiser. Bunn offers readers a sure guide through his far-future setting in his stalwart main character, and though old-school sci-fi fans will likely figure out the alien answer to all the intrigue a bit too soon, it's still a pleasure to watch Amanda solve the mystery herself. This is good fun. Agent: Chip MacGregor, MacGregor and Luedeke Literary. (July)"
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Additional Information
Subjects Women soldiers -- Fiction.
Space colonies -- Fiction.
Scientists -- Crimes against -- Fiction.
Human-alien encounters -- Fiction.
Telepathy -- Fiction.
Space pirates -- Fiction.
Science fiction.
Space operas (Fiction)
Publisher Edinburgh :2021
Edition First world edition.
Language English
Description 188 pages ; 22 cm
ISBN 9780727850263
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