High Orbit Hero
A Blackmailed Teen’s Struggle to Protect His Sister
by J. M. Krause
Station One is the first space station built for civilian habitation, orbiting Earth and housing its inhabitants in safety. Sixteen-year-old Geoff Anders lives among the many occupants; in order to fit in, he makes the mistake of joining a gang known as the Taurids. He builds a circle of friends, and together they have fun wreaking havoc wherever they can. But when Geoff decides he wants out, his leader finds a way to keep him in line.
Chin Ho sets his sights on Geoff’s little sister, Barbara, threatening to set her up as a prostitute if Geoff doesn’t toe the line. In order to keep this from happening, Geoff finds himself the victim of blackmail. To save his sister, he must participate in a dance competition that could save Barbara’s life and his own—but will he be able to keep up with Chin and his other opponents?
Torn by loyalty to his friends and a need to be free of Chin’s threats and tyranny, Geoff works hard to prepare for the competition. Barbara is not yet in the clear, but he would do anything to keep his sister safe. Soon, a simple gang shoplifting goes terribly wrong, and murder is mentioned. Geoff knows he should go to the police, but if he isn’t careful, he may end up leaving the gang—in a body bag.
- iUniverse, October 2012
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