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First Strike Blitz

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First Strike Blitz

First Strike

Author: Angela Haas
Series: Keepers of the Universe, #1
Publication date: June 12th 2022
Genres: Adult, Science Fiction

A Universe Torn Between Control and Chaos

Stella Jayne Walsh, New York City’s top-rated trauma surgeon, holds an astounding record. She’s never lost a patient—until the day she does. In that moment, her world shatters, and she’s swept into an adventure that launches her from Manhattan into alien worlds in the far reaches of space.

John Ryder Alexander is a handsome rogue and one of the most decorated soldiers in the galaxy—until he turns unwilling mercenary, blackmailed into committing heinous crimes.

Stella is targeted by a woman hell bent on creating a universe where other women don’t exist and all men bend to her will. Stella and her crew of misfits must stop this villain before she helps to awaken a long dead force of evil.

Can Stella let go of the life she knew and learn to trust her new team in order to save everyone — and everything — she loves?

an excerpt


THE SOFA HAD ALL BUT DISINTEGRATED. They needed to get further away from the door. Stella motioned to Elliot and pointed to the other side of the room. He nodded, and just as they slid flat on their stomachs, the mob stopped shooting into the room and seemed to focus on something in the hallway.

 Stella was about to push herself up to her feet when a larger blast blew the doors to the room wide open. She and Elliot crawled to the other side of the bed and Stella pulled her legs out from view.

Stella made a “shhh” gesture to Elliot, who wriggled onto his back as loud voices entered the room.

  “They are in here. I know I hit one of them,” said a voice.

 There was more than one man in the room looking around, but not with much urgency. One of them guzzled the champagne, burped, and then threw the empty bottle against the wall. She tried to hold her breath, but her nose began the familiar tickle from all the falling debris. She buried her face in the floor, which helped the sneeze subside. Elliot could not stop himself in time, and he sneezed into his sleeve.

   “Hello there,” said a voice. “Found them.”

A garish looking man grinned with an almost toothless smile as he pointed a rifle at Stella and Elliot. Another man with a shaved head and an eye patch stood over them with a smaller gun.

“What do we do wit’ dem?” asked the man with the eye patch.

The man pointing the rifle at them answered. “Kill the man. The woman will bring some bounty.”

Stella’s pulse raced as the man focused his weapon on Elliot. The man’s finger pulled back on the trigger. Elliot rolled to protect Stella, but she screamed and threw up her hands. The men’s eyes widened as lime green sparks flew out of her hands. They burst out like mini fireworks, then fizzled like a motor that couldn’t quite get started.

“What are you?” The man holding the rifle asked. Before anyone could answer, something tore through the back of him, blowing a hole in his chest. Blood sprayed out, and he fell on top of Elliot, who winced and pushed him off to the side. The man with the eye patch returned fire, but another shot blew him back. Another man in the room charged at something Stella couldn’t see.  He yelled, but a shot silenced him. Stella and Elliot pushed themselves up to see a giant silver robot grab a fourth man and slam him to the ground. A woman dressed in a black leather catsuit shot two more men who tried to enter the room.

“Are you hurt?” The woman asked, reaching to help Stella up.

“Who are you?”

   “We’re Sentinels, here to help. Rovers have seized the ship. We need to get you both to safety.”

She pulled Elliot up, whipped around, and fired at another Rover entering the room.

The woman shouted for Stella and Elliot to follow the robot who was waving them into the corridor. As they ran behind him in the hallway, the robot’s body absorbed blasts from other Rovers that popped out from hidden spots along the way. The woman dashed behind them, blasting away at anyone who tried to follow. Stella ducked stray beams of light and pulled Elliot down as one just missed his head. They hustled down a small ramp and into an extensive airplane hangar. The ramp to another aircraft was down, and people, including Shamus Stallworth, ran up it while others in white military uniforms returned fire on the Rovers shooting from what was left of The Inspirion.

    “Get on board!” shouted the woman. She fired into the crowd of Rovers, picking them off one by one. The robot turned and shielded Stella and Elliot as they scurried up the ramp.

about the author

Angela Haas was born in Colorado Springs, Colorado. A professor of communication, she writes novels about superheroes and spaceships. She loves not camping, salty snacks, and soft blankets. She has been writing since she was a kid and still has all the spiral-bound notebooks she filled with her early stories. Her series Keepers of the Universe features older women as the superheroes because she was tired of the standard entertainment tropes of older women being the evil queen, jilted first wife, or wise grandmother. She and her husband live with an English bulldog, French bulldog, pit bull mix, Rhodesian ridgeback, and Maine Coon cat that thinks he’s a dog.

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