The Colton James novels are crime drama/thrillers with a very slight sci-fi association. Based in the present and primarily rooted in reality, the plots do not promise the happy endings which are a defacto standard in Space Opera stories. In offering this alternative to the usual tales found on this website, I can only say, "And now for something a bit different."
As with C.S. Forester's popular Horatio Hornblower novels, this series offers a slightly larger-than-life military officer whose involvement in epic space battles manifest a destiny of renown and prestige.
Newly graduated from the Northern Hemisphere Space Academy, our young Ensign is a victim of events that frequently spiral out of control, and seem to conspire to move her from obscurity to galactic fame. Space pirates, arch criminals, and alien civilizations envious of the territories controlled by the Galactic Alliance, provide an unceasing labyrinth of problems for our heroine.
This series features Sydnee Marcola. Unlike her idol, Admiral Jenetta Carver, who has spent much of her military career on the bridge of an enormous spaceship, or as the senior officer in a remote station in space, Sydnee prefers to get her hands a bit dirty at times.
As a young girl, Sydnee's original military aspirations had been simple: she wanted to be a Space Marine pilot. But after her Space Command father was killed at the Battle for Higgins, she decided that Space Command would offer more opportunites for her service to make a difference. She hasn't climbed through the military hierarchy like Jenetta, but her adventures are no less spectacular.
This series of novellas features Trader Vyx and the members of his Space Command intelligence team as they perform dangerous undercover missions in areas that can only be decribed as hostile to the Galactic Alliance rule of law. Usually operating without any Space Command support, they survive by their wits, and the power of their weapons.
Arlene Watson's paranormal powers have matured as she moved through her late teens. Now in college, she has fully embraced her special gift; the ability to interact with those that have passed on...