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Keva Duste is an engineered human on a mission: find the weapon the corporate elite has amassed and secure it.

Humanity has conquered the black, but not their own inherent greed. The four systems surrounding Kalamatra Station provide members of the Elite class with everything they could want: mined minerals, abundant food, and an entire system to call their own, a place of paradise and riches. But for some, that isn’t enough.

Terrans and common spacers suffer under untenable work conditions and crumbling, radioactive stations while the Elite thrive. Now the commoners are threatening to revolt.

With the four systems on the verge of civil war, the Codex Syndicate’s covert intelligence network learns of an Elite weapon designed to alter the common people to their genetic core. The Elite have planned to test deployment on the mutinous Red Sky colony and force their compliance.

Codex Syndicate agent Keva Duste is an ex-military, engineered human with a score to settle. Together with a renegade space captain, an Elite refugee, and two sentient AIs, she must race to locate the weapon and stop the genocide of the human race before it can begin. Can Keva save Red Sky from destruction before the Elite turn this weapon on the rest of the settlements? And if she does, will she ignite a revolution?

  • This is a rollicking space adventure, not my usual kind of read but entertaining nevertheless. It’s full of likable characters and strong female leads. Coming from a science background, I really enjoyed the scientific aspects of the story.

    Lynda Dickson - Books Direct

  • While not a usual read for me: the story was fast-paced, layered and loaded with moments that mixed idealized intentions of behavior with the realities: squabbles, sniping, friendships and dangers all test the cast of characters as they seek to find ways to achieve Keva’s mission while not losing the communication, trust and opening the world for readers to travel along. Scientific aspects play a large part in the story, but never overwhelms the characters. Strong female depictions, plenty of growth and development of relationships, friendships and personal revelations, as well as a touch of romantic interest.


  • Mind Raider is a space opera involving engineered humans, smugglers, and sentient AIs. There’s plenty of action and intrigue here, but what I loved most was the characters, human and otherwise! I am a huge fan of stories that allow me to watch the characters learn and grow, and we get to watch several very satisfying character arcs develop here.


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