Day 115 on an Alien World

Day 115 on an Alien World

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jeannette bedard By jeannette_bedard Updated Sep 10

This morning Gary Holbrook watched his wife die.
    
And she wasn't even a wife he wanted. But when he signed up for a brand-new colony on a desolate planet connected to Earth by an intermittent wormhole, there was a catch - the mission was for married couples only. Without a suitable spouse, he reluctantly married a woman he'd never met: Margo Murphy, a grubby entomologist who liked butterflies.
    
So far everything had gone wrong, starting with the crash landing and going downhill from there. Accident after accident had robbed them of colonists, and their desperately needed skills, while damaged and broken equipment had stalled their efforts to make a viable colony. It just seemed bad luck.
     
That was until Gary read his late wife's journal and her suspicions of a saboteur in their midst. Now he has to follow a trail of clues to unmask the saboteur and stop them before the colony is completely devastated. The first communications window with Earth - their only chance to ask for help - is fast approaching, and someone needs to be alive to make that call.

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Day 115 on an Alien World is novel length and fully written. I'm just working on the final wordsmithing. My plan is to put up a chapter every Wednesday and Sunday.
  
Thanks for reading! Let me know what you think and I welcome constructive feedback. 
  
Just as a note - occasionally my characters swear and some sex is suggested

  • action
  • adventure
  • colony
  • science-fiction
  • survival
TechieInAK TechieInAK Aug 24
I can't help but wonder how this section would have been if she stayed in view and they could see her struggle for air.
TechieInAK TechieInAK Aug 24
Wow, what a tragedy. It really tugged on the emotions reading this. The butterfly leading him to her little den was a nice touch.