Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Chasing Redemption by Bruce Fottler

Re-release date: November 23, 2015
Original release date: Januar 18, 2012
Subgenre: Military science fiction 

About Chasing Redemption


A tragic collision. Twelve lives lost. The wreckage of a history-making space vessel lies scattered across the moon's surface. Captain Ben Wildes, the pioneer of Saturn, and a rising star in the Earth Space Defense force, is found negligent after a deeply politicized trial.

A year later, Ben receives a surprising opportunity to redeem his suspended career. He's provisionally reinstated to investigate the fate of a missing commercial space mining vessel last reported an area that's perilously close to a sensitive territorial line. The incident requires a careful, firsthand investigation. Corroboration of an attack could easily breach long-standing treaties between two superpowers, which would lead to war.

As the mission unfolds, Ben uncovers shocking secrets with alarming ramifications, and quickly learns that chasing redemption is far more perilous than he ever anticipated.



Before opening the door, Ben took a quick glance into a mirror in the cramped entryway. He brushed his hands through his slightly graying bed-hair in an attempt to look more presentable. With the touch of a button, the door quietly slid open and Ben was greeted by a crisp salute.
“Sir, may I please enter?”
“Sure,” Ben replied and waved him in, forgetting to return the salute.
“Thank you, sir,” Lieutenant Beroni replied and walked past him into the entryway. Ben closed the door and gestured for Beroni to follow him into the living room.
“So, why would JAG (Judge Advocate General) have you out delivering subpoenas at this hour?”
“Subpoenas? No, sir, I've been ordered to escort you to an urgent briefing with Admiral Foster.”
Ben paused for a moment as he tried to overcome a sudden wave of astonishment that rolled through his mind. It took a concerted effort for his drowsy thoughts to make sense of what he'd just been told.
“Foster?” Ben finally muttered and then noticed that Lieutenant Beroni's uniform lacked the familiar JAG insignia.
“Yes, sir.” Beroni cracked a wry smile, as though he’d been Ben’s best friend for years. “The big guy himself.”
“Right now?”
“As soon as you can get ready, sir. I’m instructed to wait and escort you there.”
“Escort? Is there some sort of trouble?”
“Trouble?” Beroni’s affable voice grew confused. “No, sir, not that I've been told, but they never tell us gophers much of anything.”
Ben nodded. “Do I at least have some time to shower and get ready?”
“It shouldn't be a problem, sir, but I'd advise against a Hollywood-shower.”
“Not known for those,” Ben quipped as he relaxed himself. “Please have a seat. The entertainment center is over there if you want.”
“Thank you, sir.”
Ben retreated into his bathroom for a quick shower. Lieutenant Beroni sat down on the couch in a cramped and modestly decorated living room. Out of curiosity, he looked around to size up this captain that the supreme commander of the ESD (Earth Space Defense) wanted to retrieve under escort, and with no prior notice.
Captain Benjamin Wildes was a name that he knew well. A media circus had closely followed the once revered captain of the famous RV MCKINLEY. They circled over him like buzzards in the aftermath of the accident and during the short trial that followed. Once it was over, Captain Wildes, a name no longer heading into history books, had all but disappeared. The news cycle quickly dropped him and moved on to other stories.

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About Bruce Fottler: 

Since exiting a finance career in a world of cubicles, Bruce Fottler has been busy writing novels. His latest is the suspense thriller: "The Initiative: In Harm's Way (Book One)."

Bruce grew up in the Chicago suburbs and moved to the Boston area as a young teen. While seeking a career-track that mostly put him behind a desk, he dabbled in creative pursuits such as producing, writing, and directing film shorts. However, it was always writing novels that interested him the most because they aren't limited by production budgets, technical capabilities, or tight shooting schedules.

Bruce has four other published novels: "The Initiative: In Harm's Way" (Sci-fi thriller), "Dover Park" (Mystery/thriller), "The Juncture" (Time-travel drama). and "Paladin's Odyssey" (Post-apocalyptic thriller).

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