Margaret Fortune wrote her first story at the age of six and has been writing ever since. She lives in Wisconsin. Nova is her first novel.
Archangel is the second installment of the explosive, pulse-pounding Spectre War science fiction series.
It's been over a year since New Sol Station went up in a blaze of light to reveal the Spectres, an incorporeal alien race bent on humanity's destruction. As a soldier in the Celestial Guard, Michael Sorenson is on the frontlines of the war, evacuating hot zones and quarantining infected colonies. When he distinguishes himself during a mission, he is recruited into Division 7, a top secret R&D base run by the enigmatic Dr. Daedalus Angelou. Here Michael joins the Testing Division, where he and his team must make dangerous runs into enemy-held territory in order to test out new weapons prototypes on their incorporeal enemy.
Not all enemies are invisible though. A saboteur is loose in R&D, and he has his sights set squarely on the Archangel, a massive weapons system capable of destroying the enemy en masse. When the saboteur tries to frame Michael for the crime, he realizes it's up to him to hunt them down. But while Michael searches for the saboteur within, outside the enemy is closing in. All signs point to a massive Spectre offensive brewing on the horizon, and though no one knows when or where it will strike, they do know the Archangel could be the only thing standing between victory and annihilation. As the clock ticks down toward the inevitable confrontation, Michael races to find the saboteur before it's too late.
An explosive, pulse-pounding novel from a visionary new talent in science fiction.
The clock activates so suddenly in my mind, my head involuntarily jerks a bit to the side. The fog vanishes, dissipated in an instant as though it never was. Memories come slotting into place, their edges sharp enough to leave furrows, and suddenly I know. I know exactly who I am.
My name is Lia Johansen, and I was named for a prisoner of war. She lived in the Tiersten Internment Colony for two years, and when they negotiated the return of the prisoners, I was given
her memories and sent back in her place.
And I am a genetically engineered human bomb.
Lia Johansen was created for only one purpose: to slip onto the strategically placed New Sol Space Station and explode. But her mission goes to hell when her clock malfunctions, freezing her countdown with just two minutes to go. With no Plan B, no memories of her past, and no identity besides a name stolen from a dead POW, Lia has no idea what to do next.
Her life gets even more complicated when she meets Michael Sorenson, the real Lia’s childhood best friend. Drawn to Michael and his family against her better judgment, Lia starts learning what it means to live and love, and to be human. It is only when her countdown clock begins sporadically losing time that she realizes even duds can still blow up.
If she wants any chance at a future, she must find a way to unlock the secrets of her past and stop her clock. But as Lia digs into her origins, she begins to suspect there’s far more to her mission and to this war, than meets the eye. With the fate of not just a space station but an entire empire hanging in the balance, Lia races to find the truth before her time—literally—runs out.