A Bit of History
In the ‘early’ days after the Terror Wars, the SkyRyders policed themselves. They decided which laws and regulations they would enforce and which could be overlooked. Unfortunately, not everyone who joined their ranks were there for the right reason, but most believed there were sufficient ‘good’ soldiers to control and discipline the rogue ones. And it mostly seemed to work until one rogue officer became a five-star general. He did this by being an outstanding soldier until the council of generals made him top dog. Then he slyly began his criminal activities of selling Skyryder armory to anyone with the cash to buy them.
While no one had figured out how to ship an apple overseas, the general had concocted a way to move SkyRyder weaponry to the Russians and the Czechs. Still most were sold to scavengers and drug dealers in the Americas.
Fortunately, a one-star general, Daniel Kane, who cared more for his country than he did his life, acquired evidence and revealed the crime to the Generals Council. While they sentenced the 5-star general to death, they forced Daniel Kane to leave the Sky-Ryders on trumped up charges, with a warning that if even one newshound got wind of the armory story, he would be executed.
By Liza O’Connor
Meet Alisha: A young woman who refuses to live the life her parents want.
In a single month, Alisha Kane has gone from a wealthy debutante to street girl to scavenger. While testing her new flying skills in the Cully Canyon, Alisha incurs a near-death crash landing. She’s “rescued” by a colonel of the SkyRyders and her life changes forever.
Meet Logan: A SkyRyder colonel in charge of a sleepy fort with little to do other than arrest the occasional scavenger.
For the first time in his life, Logan’s attracted to a young woman, only she’s probably a scavenger and he’ll have to arrest her. But first he offers her a shower and food while he checks on his crew. His videographer has captured her extraordinary flight through the Cully and her flying is astounding!
He forgoes arresting her and puts his career at risk by asking MAC to assess her skills and integrity as a potential SkyRyder. If he can get Alisha into the SkyRyders, it will be his greatest contribution to the Corps.
Meet MAC: The Artificial Intelligence that runs the SkyRyders Corps.
Upon seeing her arrival, MAC upgrades Alisha’s test. Her flying skills are not just excellent; they exceed what was previously thought possible. MAC classifies her as its top asset and soon she proves her value.
But…the SkyRyders remain a male dominated Corps where Alisha’s sense of right and wrong often clashes with her superiors. How long can a rebellious young woman survive in a regimented Corps?
A conversation between two colonels: Riley who runs MAC & Logan.
“I know you’ve never thought much of MAC, but I’m closer to its day-to-day activities, and I gotta tell you, it seems to get the right answer, certainly more often than our old methods.”
“Maybe, but I’d still feel a lot better if these things were handled by real Ryders.”
“Well, you wouldn’t if you’d been Daniel Kane,” Riley quipped.
“What?” Logan said. What did Alisha’s grandfather have to do with anything?
“Daniel Kane. He was unquestionably the best flyer the SkyRyders have ever had. He rose through the ranks, became a one-star general, then went head to head against a five-star General named Cohen. Do you remember him?”
“I was just a cadet when the guy got booted. He was black marketing our supplies, I think.”
“Right. He’s the reason why there are hidden cameras in our supply rooms, which I’ve noticed you’re asking for yours. Anything to do with this open inquiry?”
“Then you won’t see it. MAC will pull it up here.”
Logan sighed. Damn meddling program. “You were trying to tell me why I should feel better about MAC dispensing justice over members of my own Corps.”
“Because the Corps didn’t dispense justice to the man who brought General Cohen’s crime to light. Instead, they drummed him out of the Corps on trumped-up charges that even a first-year advocate could have refuted.”
The news astounded him. “If we know this, then why haven’t we reinstated him?” Logan asked. “Hell, then the poor man could buy his own medicine!”
“Kane died over ten years ago.”
“Daniel Kane is not dead. I just spoke to him today and gave him the happy news that his granddaughter would be taking her flight test tomorrow.”
The silence on the other end was deafening.
“Riley, are you still there?” Logan finally asked.
“Yeah…I’m just falling off chairs. Are you telling me your girl is the granddaughter of Daniel Kane?”
“Yes. And I’m also telling you Daniel Kane is alive and being very ill-treated by the Corps.”
The SkyRyder’s Series, Book 1
About the Author
Liza O’Connor lives in Denville, NJ with her dog Jess. They hike in fabulous woods every day, rain or shine, sleet or snow. Having an adventurous nature, she learned to fly small Cessnas in NJ, hang-glide in New Zealand, kayak in Pennsylvania, ski in New York, scuba dive with great white sharks in Australia, dig up dinosaur bones in Montana, sky dive in Indiana, and raft a class four river in Tasmania. She’s an avid gardener, amateur photographer, and dabbler in watercolors and graphic arts. Yet through her entire life, her first love has and always will be writing novels.
Sci-Fi Soap Opera with humor, romance, and science
Artificial Intelligence Series
The SkyRyders Series
Scavenger Falters-coming 2017
Scavenger Vanishes-coming 2017