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The Calla\’cara Gambit

A science fiction by Rob Bartlett

cover of The Calla’cara Gambit by Rob Bartlett

I used to be an itinerant Star Ship Captain. Then the Sentient Ships blackmailed me into helping them Emancipate from the Mercantile Empire in return for keeping the intelligence level of my personal AI a secret.

I\’m taking on bankers, lawyers and accountants, oh my! And a couple of serial killers, just to keep it spicy.

I\’ve got a plan, a crew and a deadline. Now I just need precise execution, a little luck and a whole lot of moxy to pull this off!

Note: this book contains adult content and situations.

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By the time Archibald Cox arrived, they were firmly established as fixtures on the party circuit in the star port. They had a well known routine they followed; visiting various vendors during the day to prepare for that night’s round of parties. Massage, spa treatments, lunch; hair, nails, shopping for the next outfit always preceded that night’s round of feigned debauchery.

When Archie took Ilsa, it was done quickly and professionally. She and Nikki were in the middle of lunch. Ilsa went to the ladies room and never came back. Nikki finished her meal, waiting for Ilsa. Eventually, she went to the bathroom herself, looking for her. When she didn’t find her there, Nikki gradually grew more frantic, asking if anyone had seen Ilsa leaving the restaurant. As the negative responses piled up, Nikki became more and more agitated. Around her, the other regular patrons figured that one of Ilsa’s jilted suitors had finally stumbled across the right mix of pharmaceuticals and rendered her finally pliable to their advances.

They were correct, just not in the way they imagined.

After making the rounds and firmly establishing that Ilsa was actually missing and that she, Nikki, was completely distraught at her disappearance, she came back to the office with Otto (who had been dispatched to bring her back based on a call from what passed for the authorities at the star port). She came into the conference room where I had been monitoring them and flopped down into a chair.

“She’s in, my lord,” she reported.

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About Rob Bartlett

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Rob has been captivated by science fiction and fantasy since he discovered The Hobbit in 3rd grade. Since then, he\’s been an avid consumer of all genres of fiction (and some non-fiction).
When he\’s not inhaling new stories or writing his own, he studies Jeff Speakman\’s Kenpo 5.0-V2, in which he proudly holds a Black Belt.
Why does he prefer writing science fiction? As Rob says, \”Where else can you land a space ship on the lawn of the White House?\”.

Find him online:
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13 thoughts on “Excerpt+Giveaway: The Calla\’cara Gambit by Rob Bartlett

  1. Thank you very much! I hope you enjoy the book. Please consider leaving a review on Amazon. Even a few words are gold for an indie author!

  2. I enjoyed following the tour and learning about your book, it sounds like an exciting read and I really like the cover! Thanks for sharing with me and I hope the tour was a success!

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