Jack Halloway is a playboy, space station manager, and small time smuggler comfortable in the knowledge that he is in control of his little domain. Self-assured, Jack knows that he can handle anything that comes his way. He doesn't find out he is less cunning than he believes until a newly appointed administrative vice president and his team turn his quiet home upside down. For reasons unknown, Jack's backwater moon Aetna has become important to the central administration of the Unity Corporation. Jack must now figure out how to get on his new bosses' good side before they find out about his past and use it against him. Will Jack be able to keep his independence, or will he become a pawn in a deadly and brutal world of politics far beyond his powers of control? Aetna Rising is part one of the two-part Pax Imperium story, A Snowball's Chance in Hell, from best selling author Erik Wecks. The Pax Imperium is a rich and diverse human galactic civilization. Old Earth is still around but only a minor player in matters which have long since left it behind. Created at the end of the last galactic war, the Pax was designed to be an empire which no single kingdom, country, or corporation could dominate. Aetna Rising tells the story of an everyday citizen living in one of the major players in the Pax, Unity Corporation. Unity is both a corporation and a government with its own citizens. It was on the losing side of the last war which ended 300 years prior and defeat has left a sour taste. Unity longs for a chance to kick free of the Pax, and, once again, expand its reach.
Erik Wecks is a full time writer and blogger living in Vancouver, Washington. I write both non-fiction and fiction, as well as a contribute to the GeekDad.com, LitReactor.com and my own blog at ErikWecks.com. I enjoy writing on a wide range of topics. When not waxing poetic on various aspects of fiscal responsibility, I tend toward the geeky.
In the moments I am not poised over the keyboard, I love to spend time with my family. I am married to an angel, Jaylene, who has taught me more than anyone else about true mercy and compassion. We are the parents of three wonderful girls. As a group we like swimming at the local pool, gardening, reading aloud, playing piano, and beating each other soundly at whatever table top game is handy.