By John B. Rosenman
Alien invaders have all yet destroyed humanity. Stella McMasters, a retired naval officer, yearns to get within the struggle yet is aware she'll by no means get an opportunity. Then impressive issues begin to occur. After saving a comrade's existence in the course of a meltdown that just about kills her, physicians get rid of her radioactive flesh and switch her right into a superhuman cyborg. She is then given command of her first send and, opposed to her larger judgment, falls in love with its charismatic pilot. On their technique to subscribe to the Empire's final defensive line, Stella runs correct into an enemy vessel. For the 1st time ever, the mysterious invaders invite people aboard. may still Stella settle for, or run? Can she steer clear of a crushing defeat and keep humanity within the strategy?
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Device? " "There's no time to explain. " "Good. Report back in ten minutes. " Pressing the button with her chin again, she heard Nick's dazed voice on the other channel as the soldier helped him up. Taking Stella's arm, he steered them both toward the bow. And not a moment too soon, for the floor was vibrating. Footsteps coming their way! She searched for a place to hide, but there was nothing, only clear, featureless walls and a floor that resonated with the enemy's approach. She and the man who had rescued them saw it at the same time: an oval portal the same color as the wall, so easy to miss.
His words ripped through her. She gazed blankly through the transparent door of the tube as deck after deck passed by. ” She shut her eyes, thinking of the brave crew she had sent to their deaths. In her mind she saw the punctured suits, the screaming faces. A metal hand took hers. ” He sucked in his breath, glanced at the panel. “Only two more decks. I've got to say this. " But they had reached the docking bay, and the door opened. Stella exited first, followed by George. “Stella,” he shouted, “I've got to tell you something!
Then he started to remove his armor. Along with the others, Stella moved forward to help him. They solved the sealing apparatus and pulled the already softening corpse from the suit. A minute more passed as they maneuvered George back and forth so he could squirm and force himself inside. Another thirty seconds. The red numbers changed swiftly on Stella's inside helmet cronex as she worked, knowing that they had to hurry, that they must move. Two minutes, ten seconds ... two minutes, twenty... At two and a half minutes, they hauled George upright and put on the helmet.