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Overdraft: The Orion Offensive [Kindle Edition]

John Jackson Miller
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Book Description

After an egotistical stock trader for one of the twenty-second century’s biggest corporations gets greedy and loses his employer a fortune, he has two options: go to jail or make the money back before anyone notices. Unfortunately, the only place such profits can be found is the galactic frontier, a region so dangerous it’ll take an uneasy alliance with a crew of rugged mercenaries to keep him alive and in the black.

You’d have to be insane to trade with the violent denizens of the Orion Arm, but with just one hundred days to recoup $100 billion, Jamie Sturm is feeling a little crazy. Standing between Jamie and a variety of agonizing deaths is Surge Team Sigma, the squad of power-armored mercenaries tasked with protecting him. Their last job ended in disaster thanks to Jamie’s scheming, and, led by the implacable Bridget Yang, the team is determined to keep the hapless Jamie alive long enough to fix their reputation. That is, assuming they can ignore their own growing desire to flush the annoying tagalong out of the nearest airlock.

A space opera fueled by today’s financial bravado, Overdraft: The Orion Offensive strikes a thrilling balance between desperate firefights and trenchant dark humor.

This book was initially released in episodes as a Kindle Serial. All episodes are now available for immediate download as a complete book. Learn more about Kindle Serials

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From the Author

Having spent most of my career writing comics and prose fiction in the licensed universes of Star Wars, Mass Effect, and Iron Man, the new Overdraft series represents my first prose journey into one of my own science fiction worlds. And so, naturally, Overdraft: The Orion Offensive has a lot of the elements that I really enjoy writing. It's space-trading space opera with a military SF bent -- and quite a bit of humor.

The sandbox is a lot of fun to play in. There's no instantaneous communication in the "Whirliverse," so commerce is very much more like it was during the time of the East India Company, which was my inspiration. And there's a size limit to interstellar transportation, which literally changes the shape of once-familiar starships: everything's modular. It's stellar travel in the Age of Rail!

It's all the backdrop for a fun and frenetic race, as Jamie Sturm desperately tries to earn back the money to save his expedition -- and his own skin -- one interstellar sales trip at a time.

About the Author

John Jackson Miller is the New York Times bestselling author of Star Wars: Kenobi, Star Wars: Knight Errant, Star Wars: Lost Tribe of the Sith - The Collected Stories, and fifteen Star Wars graphic novels, as well as Overdraft: The Orion Offensive. A comics industry historian and analyst, he has written for franchises including Conan, Iron Man, Indiana Jones, Mass Effect, and The Simpsons. He lives in Wisconsin with his wife, two children, and far too many comic books.

Product Details

  • File Size: 5093 KB
  • Print Length: 421 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1477807527
  • Publisher: 47North (April 2, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #115,561 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Saturday Matinee Style Sci-fi June 7, 2013
By Joel F.
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Overdraft: The Orion Offensive is a solid effort for JJM. I'll admit I wasn't a huge fan of the first two episodes; however, the serial has gotten better as it's gone on (primarily due to the characters being fleshed out more - they become a lot more likeable as the serial goes on). I'm not a huge fan of the serial format, but JJM makes it work (mostly), due to his experience writing comics and connected short stories (LTotS). This is definitely more of a humorous take on sci-fi although it has enough weight to it to keep it enjoyable. Overall I'll give it 4/5 for now (through episode 5) and may bump this up to 5/5 if the serial continues its upwards trajectory. I'd definitely recommend this to anyone who likes light-hearted, Saturday matinee type sci-fi or anyone who is a fan of JJM's other work.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Start For A Really Fun Series April 3, 2013
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"Greenmail", the title for Episode 1 of Overdraft: The Orion Offensive, is a great start to a series that promises to be fun, humorous and entertaining. John Jackson Miller takes readers on a journey across the stars with a colorful cast of characters. The galaxy he explores is closer to The Hitcherhiker's Guide to the Galaxy than Star Wars or Star Trek, one filled with strange aliens, offbeat humor, off-the-cuff wit and genuine laughs. It's fun in a galaxy not so far away.

"There was life in outer space, but you didn't want to get it on you."

The story picks up four days after the events of "Human Error" (Armored anthology by Baen Books), John's first foray into this universe (though you won't have to read that story to understand this one). Chief Bridget Young, leading her Surgical Strike Team, battles the relentless threat of Spore in close quarters combat with lasers and power-armor. But the Spore is just the opening salvo of the story. Elsewhere in the galaxy is Kalvox, the Black Priest of The Severed. Kalvox is a spiritual leader whose power is fading and his converts are now turning on him with lethal force. Meanwhile on Venus, investment broker Jamie Sturm is doing some insider trading with interstellar commodities in a lucrative plan to get rich quick. Like most get rich quick schemes, it fails, and the impetus of that failure leads to all three character threads crashing together.

Fans of John Jackson Miller's Knights of the Old Republic comics will certainly enjoy this story. They both have the same kind of tone. Even when there's more serious things going on, humor isn't too far away. It makes for great storytelling that's equally fun and entertaining. One of my favorite characters in the story is Kalvox.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Overdraft, book 1 April 7, 2013
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Fast paced, interesting take on future space through hub s and container as mode of travel. Looking forward next installment.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fun, good read January 11, 2014
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Real good read, with a good dose of excitement and plenty of humor. Manages this without resorting to too much violence, profanity, or lechery.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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If you are looking for a great couple-hour space romp with a dash of humor, this is it. It has action and surprising plotting in spades, a dash of possible romance and some really crazy alien trading. Any of this sound interesting to you? Then give Overdraft a try.
As for my review, why the three stars? Overdraft was originally published as a Kindle serial. I read it in complete form, as a Kindle Daily Deal. I still kept in mind, however, that it was created with an episodic format, and that each episode should probably have a cliffhanger ending. The plot and progression really shine here, as a novel about a trading expedition to alien planets can be episodic quite naturally. The author's ideas about interstellar travel and alien biology were also engaging and new to me. I've read a lot of sci fi and he managed to surprise me enough that I kept reading.
The pacing was also fantastic, right down to later surprises. I loved watching the author skillfully tangle his characters in problems (especially toward the end) and then work everything out in a believable way.
So why did it miss two stars? This may be minor to some, but the characters gave me some problems. I was halfway through the book and constantly getting characters other than Bridget, Jamie and Hiro confused (as an aside, what happened to Hiro?). Granted, I know there were a lot of members on the guard teams, but I really had nothing to attach most of the names to. The last half of the book developed some of the characters, and this is an action-oriented adventure, so maybe the above is really more minor than I think. Still, as a serial I would have been confused for quite some time, so I thought it worth mentioning.
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4.0 out of 5 stars One of the best books I have read all year! July 16, 2013
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I really enjoyed the sci-fi tale. Miller has added a whole new aspect to space travel, that you have to read, I'm not giving it away. The characters are well developed, the plot and action will keep you intrigued all through the book. I also enjoyed Miller's subtle use of humor. Enjoy.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Yankee Traders May 17, 2013
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Nice concep[t that the first contact with aliens would be in free commerce. Wonder what Adam Smith would say about this story line.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Starts off with a (Whirli)bang! April 5, 2013
By Traci
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I absolutely enjoyed the first installment of Overdraft: The Orion Offensive. The action takes off with the first sentence and plunges straight into what rapidly becomes a bumpy and entertaining ride. The ensemble cast of characters is immediately engaging and likable with Miller's smart dialogue and trademark humor. I cannot wait for more!
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not for adults
The plot twists and characters would fit perfectly as a pre-teen novel, but the rest is fairly complex for pre-teens. In any case, as an adult novel, it falls short.
Published 12 days ago by Gangrene
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 2 months ago by Michael B. Powers
4.0 out of 5 stars Sci-Fi not to be taken seriously - and in the BEST way possible!
Such a fun read! John Jackson Miller has a great writing style which really shines in this book. Being originally written as a Kindle serial, it is a quick read with a fast pace. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Timothy Riecker
5.0 out of 5 stars loved it.
read it as a series, loved it.
Published 5 months ago by schroedingercat
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Interesting business angle
Published 8 months ago by Un Dominicano
3.0 out of 5 stars On knife edge about this one
I liked it because of it's unusual "trader" plot. Refreshing sci-fi. However, The characters are pretty one dimensional and cartoonish. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Larry Voyer
4.0 out of 5 stars Stock traders in space
In order to fend off a interstellar margin call Jamie must earn a billion credits in a hurry. But it's not just the police after him, it's also an alien race with secrets to hide. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Andrew Rose
4.0 out of 5 stars Science fiction with a sense of humor
Great fast-moving story with a lot of humor and an interesting scenario. I loved the imaginative portrayal of a galactic economic system in which you never know who or what you'll... Read more
Published 9 months ago by A. Roy King
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved it! Overdraft
I loved it! Overdraft: The Orion Offensive has original characters, an exciting plot, and loads of humor.I highly recommend it.
Published 10 months ago by Brian Zielinski
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining
while it has some slow spots this book is very entertaining to read. the story line jerks around a little but the characters and the base story are fun
Published 10 months ago by Dave R
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More About the Author

Author John Jackson Miller has spent a lifetime immersed in the worlds of fantasy and science fiction. He's best known for his Star Wars work, including Star Wars: Knight Errant, his national bestselling novel from Del Rey; Star Wars: Lost Tribe of the Sith; and his long-running Knights of the Old Republic comics series from Dark Horse. His Star Wars: Kenobi hardcover releases in August 2013, and his own SF work Overdraft: The Orion Offensive is now available.

He's written comics for Mass Effect, Iron Man, The Simpsons, and Indiana Jones, and has written for the Star Wars Roleplaying Game. Production notes on all his works can be found at his fiction site (

Miller is also a noted comics industry historian, specializing in studying comic-book circulation as presented on his website, The Comics Chronicles ( He also coauthored the Standard Catalog of Comic Books series.

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As things begin to wrap up in Overdraft: The Orion Offensive, John Jackson Miller raises the stakes. Episode 7 "Strike Price" is a plot driven story that launches the characters toward the climax. Bridget finds herself up against the Walled Garden... Read More
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And I have more background notes up, covering Episode 2 now at the above link; there are also updates to the other resource pages, bringing them up to Episode 6.
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I liked how the final episode ended the series on an enjoyable, lighthearted note. I think it worked best for the overall story. Jamie meets his ultimate fate, Bridget brings war to the Xylanx, and Kolvax's nefarious plan to destroy Earth reaches its conclusion. There was a good mix of action and... Read More
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Good episode. I liked the continuing allusions to the idea that most of the aliens in this fictional universe are very, well, alien from a human perspective. It's a refreshing deviation from the common sf trope of aliens simply being humans with bumpy foreheads or slightly different cultural... Read More
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