Code of Conduct by Kristine Smith, the 2001 recipient of the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer, is the 1st novel in her Jani Kilian Chronicles of far-future science fiction thrillers, free for a limited time courtesy of the author herself via the backlist author re-publishing consortium Book View Café.
This was originally published in 1999 by Avon’s Eos imprint. The series contains space opera, MilSF, and political intrigue elements, and stars a disgraced former captain turned fugitive cyborg, The Six Million Dollar Man-style. This installment has a touch of murder mystery in it, as a former lover who managed to track her down asks her to help him find his wife’s killer, and she must secretly return to the Commonwealth she once fled in order to do so.
Offered DRM-free worldwide through the month of March, available directly from the publisher as well as via several other retailers.
Free for a limited time throughout March directly @ the BVC’s website (DRM-free ePub & Mobi available worldwide; requires filling out billing address and valid email, but no account signup or payment info required). The author has also chosen to make this free at additional stores, and it can be found in many countries worldwide @ B&N, Amazon, Kobo, iTunes
Don’t forget to check out the other monthly sale specials from BVC’s backlist authors, who often offer deep discounts on reprints of their older work as well as more newly-written stories, some of which you can sample as free online and downloadable reads on the BVC’s free fiction page.
Captain Jani Kilian’s life should have ended in front of a firing squad.
Instead, she evaded battlefield justice by dying in a transport crash. End of story, according to official Commonwealth Service records.
But doctors repaired her in secret, using the most advanced Service Medical technologies available, or so they assured her.
In the last days of the idomeni civil war, she escaped their homeworld of Shera, and spent the next 18 years on the run.
But someone like Jani leaves a trail no matter how hard they try to hide it, and she soon learns the Service hunt for her never ended. When Interior Minister Evan van Reuter, her former lover, tracks her down and begs her help in finding his wife’s killer, she has no choice but to agree.
The search takes her to the Commonwealth capital of Chicago, a hotbed of political intrigue as dangerous as any warzone. As the danger mounts, so do Jani’s struggles. Her rebuilt body is breaking down, and memories long suppressed are flooding back. Of one horrible night 18 years ago, and the gut-wrenching decision that changed her life forever.