Series: Dred Chronicles #2
Published by Penguin on August 26, 2014
Genres: Science Fiction
The Conglomerate’s most dangerous convicts have made the prison ship Perdition their home. And they will defend it...
Perdition is under siege. Mercenaries have boarded the station with orders to take control of the facility—and execute the prisoners. Their commander is offering full pardons to the first five inmates willing to help the mercs complete their mission.
Dresdemona “Dred” Devos hasn’t survived hard time just to surrender to the Conglomerate’s armored thugs. Leading a ragtag army of inmates, Dred and her champion, Jael, wage a bloody guerilla war of chaos and carnage against impossible odds. But no matter how dire the outlook, the Dread Queen never backs down...
FIRST DATE: First off, I’d be dead if I were imprisoned on Perdition. Actually, back up. I’m way too much of a goody-goody to end up at Perdition in the first place (unless I really just pissed off the wrong people because I have a big mouth that I can’t always control). But Dred…Dred found a way to practically thrive within Perdition’s walls. She clawed her way up the ranks to become the Dread Queen, feared and fascinating. She even found love (of a kind) with a particularly hot bad boy, Jael. This is a girl that, should she ever get out and I happen to run into her, I feel the need to run away as fast as I could or, because I’m pretty intrigued by Dred, buy the woman a couple of rounds.
SECOND DATE: As crappy as Perdition is, it’s going to get even worse since the Conglomerate is determined to clear the place out (aka, kill everyone) and shut the prison down. Dred and Jael are not going to let that happen, not until all of their people are off the ship. But Vost, captain of the mercs hired to do the cleaning, isn’t about to give up his hefty payday just because some lousy criminals are making his life difficult (killing his men, stealing his equipment, and generally making it absolutely miserable for him). Actually, I kind of feel like Dred, Jael and Vost could be colleagues, if circumstances were different. Maybe I should buy them all rounds and let them sort it out…sans weapons of any kind (of course, they’re all the type that could kill with a teaspoon, if necessary, so that end in blood and death).
THIRD DATE: Even though she’s still got a handle on her Queendom, she’s getting tired of the Dred Queen persona. It’s hard being a badass all day, every day, kickin’ in heads and ever letting her guard down. She needs some girlfriend time. Maybe a mani/pedi. Nah, she’d wind up stabbing the manicurist in the eye with a nail file. Maybe just some alone time with Jael, without the threat of imminent attack or disaster. Really, it’s Dred and Jael who need the speed date, away from prying eyes and maybe on a beach somewhere. Smexytimes are in your future, Dred! If only you can get off that damned ship.
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