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The Pirates Cycle Series Book Blast – Win books!


We are happy to be hosting Chris Gerrib’s The Pirates Cycle Series Book Blast today! Leave a comment and you could win a complete set of his books!

About the Series:

The Pirates Cycle SeriesAuthor: Chris Gerrib

Publisher: Cincinnatus Press

Genre: Science Fiction

When eighteen-year-old Janet
Pilgrim’s boyfriend was killed in a training accident at the space academy, she
thought she was going to be thrown out. Instead, she soon found herself
shipping out as a junior astronaut on the forty-year old spacecraft
WindyCity bound for Mars.
But freighters and passenger ships aren’t the only craft
plying the spaceways. When the Windy City
is attacked by pirates on the way to Mars, Janet finds herself in more danger
than she could ever have imagined.
The Pirates Cycle series is available at Amazon.
Book Excerpt:
A very solid clunk on the outer bulkhead awoke me from my
after-watch nap.  This was immediately
followed by the general alarm.  The
ship’s Voice was reporting all sorts of problems, and as I rolled out of my
rack the lights flickered off, and a second later about half of them came on
again.  As I listened to the Voice, I
heard three alarms, any one of which was serious.  First I heard a “loss of communication”
alarm, then a “ reactor coolant leak #2 radiator” and finally a loss of
pressure alarm for the #3 greenhouse.
The reactor coolant leak scared me the most.   Our reactor was a pebble-bed unit, so it
couldn’t melt.  But if it got too hot, it
would automatically shut down.  No
reactor meant no propulsion which meant we’d sail past Mars and out of the
Solar System.  Some uncounted tens of
thousands of years later some unknown alien would find our bones.  Maybe.
I jumped into a pair of coveralls and raced to the
greenhouse.  Everything seemed to be in
slow motion, but it was really only a few seconds before I was at the pressure
door to the greenhouse.  As I looked in
through the observation port, still struggling though sleep and shock, I
couldn’t understand at first what I was seeing.
Maybe I didn’t want to understand.
Practically all the plants had been sucked out of the
compartment, and what few remained had been sucked clean of leaves.  A couple of the water sprays were running, and
the water coming out was boiling and freezing at the same time.  I looked shipdown towards the outer
hull.  Something had cut a gouge almost
the entire length of the compartment, slicing through the twin hulls like a hot
knife through butter.  There were scorch
marks along the edges of the gash, which must have immediately vented the
compartment to space.
A flash of red caught my eye.
I blinked and saw Kate, drifting lifelessly against the far
bulkhead.  I stared at her in
disbelief.  There was a red streak of
blood down her face from her nose, and her hair was matted with blood, whether
from her ears or a skull wound I couldn’t tell.
There was nothing I could do.  I
only hoped that she had passed out quickly from the loss of pressure.  I pounded on the hatch for a minute, out of
frustration more then anything else. 
“Kate, where are you?”
Alex said, his voice booming out of the announcing system.
I picked up the nearest ship’s phone and dialed the
pilothouse.  Ken answered.  “Kate was trapped in #3 greenhouse.  The aft bulkhead and hatch holding.”  It took me a minute to notice that there was
no answer.  “Ken, status?”
“You’d better get up to the pilothouse fast, Janet.”


About the Author
Chris Gerrib admits to being a bit
obsessed with Mars, but in a healthy way.  Chris still has a day job as
the IT director at a Chicago-area bank, and holds degrees in history and
business from the
University of Illinois and Southern Illinois University.  He also served in
the US Navy during the First Gulf War, and can proudly report that not one
Iraqi MiG bombed
Jacksonville, Florida while he was in the service.  In his copious free
time, Chris is a past President of and currently active in his local Rotary
club.  His three-novel series set on Mars, The Pirate Cycle, is being
reissued by Cincinnatus Press.
You can visit Chris Gerrib’s website at http://privatemarsrocket.net/


Chris Gerrib is giving away one
complete paperback set of The Pirates Cycle (3 books) and two complete ebook

Terms & Conditions:
  • By entering
    the giveaway, you are confirming you are at least 18 years old.
  • One winner
    will be chosen via Rafflecopter to receive one paperback set and two
    winners will be chosen to receive one of two ebook sets.
  • This
    giveaway begins July 5 and ends on July 29.
  • Winners
    will be contacted via email on July 30.
  • Winner has
    48 hours to reply.
Good luck everyone!


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