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Gone (A Science Fiction Mystery) (The Tangle Saga Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

T. T. Hilton , Indie Editing , Andrew Rothery
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Book Description

From best selling mystery author Traci Tyne Hilton comes Gone, the first novel in The Tangle Saga series.

One woman, heir to a throne back on Earth, found life on a remote space station a comfortable way to avoid responsibilities waiting back on her home planet.

But when her rebellious teenaged brother and sister disappear her responsibilities catch up with her.

Thousands of lives hang in the balance--including her own--as she digs into the darkest corners in space. Can she find the missing kids before their rebellion sets off a chain of violence no one can stop?
 
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"Thomas?" Verity knocked on the screen of his sleeping compartment. Her efforts were rewarded with a groan. She popped the steel blade of her defender and jimmied the door to the compartment open. Thomas lay on his side, moaning, his sandy hair hanging over his ashen face. His hands were bound together with shoelaces.

Verity reached in and shook his shoulder, "Thomas? What happened?"

The tutor's eyelids flickered. His mouth was slack but he groaned something that sounded like Tamsin.

Had Tamsin slipped Thomas a mickey and then tied him up in his sleeping compartment? The idea beggared belief. "Where did they go, Thomas?" Verity stood on her toes and reached inside to untie the laces.

He groaned again then said, "coffee" or something similar.

"They went to the coffee shop?" Verity gave Thomas another shake. His eyes fluttered shut again.

Verity pressed the palm of her hand to Thomas' forehead. He was clammy and cold. " Oh,Thomas, what happened?"  She let her hand rest on his forehead for a moment. Could she really find them without Thomas? Her heart fluttered in her chest. She wouldn't think about without Thomas right now. She'd check the coffee instead.

There was a coffee cup in the drinks holder of his sleeping compartment. Verity dipped her pointer finger in it, letting her embed-comm soak in a sample. She tapped the wall of the compartment and said, "Send sample data to chem-lab 52."

Her comm crackled a little. The voice of the lab tech came through, "Is this Verity?"

"It is. Could you run a scan on the data I just sent?"

"Absolutely. Does this have something to do with your brother and sister?" The tech had a high-pitched note of panic in her voice.

"Yes, probably. And they are going to be in serious trouble when I lay my hands on them."

"Got it. Where do you want the results sent?"

"To my data center and the nurse. Tell her to come to the tutors' lodging, district 9, Thomas Montcrief's pod if it looks like she'll be needed. Tell her I'm administering some charcoal, just in case."

"Will do." The comm crackled again and the call ended.

Verity stored the steel blade and dispensed a charcoal tablet from her all-in-one defense unit. Almost the last one. She'd have to remember to refill when she made it back home. Thomas didn't look like he'd be able to swallow the pill so she popped the capsule into the ejector, stuck the barrel in his slack mouth and sent the charcoal on its way to absorb whatever poison was still lurking in his stomach.


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Product Details

  • File Size: 373 KB
  • Print Length: 230 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Proverbs 31 House LLC (December 10, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008IG6FGG
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #448,714 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing Science Fiction Adventure July 7, 2012
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I'm picky when it comes to science fiction. I have to say, this is a keeper. I liked Verity. She was tough without having that over-the-top persona that some heroines have and fun to read. The story was very fast-paced (I read it all in one sitting) and well-written. I'm hoping there are plans for a sequel. I look forward to reading the next installment.
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4.0 out of 5 stars As much mystery as Sci-Fi October 15, 2012
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I'm a mystery fan, and this book was my first venture into science fiction. I'm thrilled to report that "Gone" held its own as a mystery. I don't want to be a spoiler, so I'll just say that the ending was very satisfying and a good set-up for future books in this new series. The young adventurers, Tamsin and Leif, are beautifully drawn, and you'll love Verity, too. I recommend this book, even if you aren't a typical Sci-Fi fan!
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Sci Fi Winner July 28, 2012
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Verity Drummer is a progressive, intelligent, and royal young woman living on a space station called the Tangle. Her assignment (and she really couldn't choose not to accept it) is to locate her AWOL younger siblings before they cause an international incident, or worse. This quest pushes her in a number of dangerous situations and disreputable areas of the space station.

Meanwhile Tamsin and Leif, the runaway siblings, are getting themselves deeper and deeper into trouble until ... I'd better not give any more away.

As fun as the plot and descriptions of the space station are, the characters are the best part of this book. Verity is an unselfish and admirable woman, but she can be a bit of a snob. Tamsin is in that stage between childhood and teen, and although she usually follows her brother's lead, she is starting to think for herself. Leif is reckless and inconsiderate, but you can't help enjoying his exploits. Their tutor, Thomas, has hidden depths to his personality. This is a fun first story in what promises to be a fine series.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Well written... December 28, 2012
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I liked the characters and the ambiance of GONE, it felt well thought-out and nicely constructed as a time and place. It was well written with a few minor typos but nothing to distract from the story or the flow. It would have been nice to have a little more history to the story, maybe a little more visual detail in some areas to paint a clearer picture, but all-in-all it moved along nicely and kept me turning pages to find out what would happen next. The story is more character driven than technological, but that's ok as long as it works. And it does.

This was my first read of this author's work but I'll be watching for more of her science fiction, it was very enjoyable.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Captured Me Right Away August 1, 2012
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The story sucked me right in and kept me reading, moving along at a quick pace. Verity and her siblings are intriguing as they traipse across the universe. There is enough mystery to keep you wondering and guessing through out the story. Were the kids truly kidnapped? Or did they run away again? I read the entire book in one sitting, wanting to know all the details and how it would end. I look forward to a sequel!
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More About the Author

When not writing, Traci knits socks, and accompanies her mandolin playing husband on the spoons.

She's the author of the Tillgiven Romantic Mysteries, the Plain Jane Mysteries, and the Mitzy Neuhaus Mysteries. She was the Mystery/Suspense Category winner for the 2012 Christian Writers of the West Phoenix Rattler Contest, and has a Drammy from the Portland Civic Theatre Guild. She served as the Vice President of the Portland chapter of the American Christian Fiction Writers Association for two terms.

She has a degree in history from Portland State University and still lives in the rainiest part of the Pacific Northwest with her goofy family and two small dogs.

More of Traci's work can be found at http://www.tracihilton.com

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Traci's photo by Jessie Kirk Photography

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