I, Effing Feline, had to put my search for mice, begun last week, on ice. Literally.
You see, Mr V flew me to Toronto to visit son #3, aka Brett. Did you know that dandruff can fall from the sky? So much dandruff, in fact, that Ed had to shovel it off the sidewalk. This raises two questions. Number one, who-the-hiss is up there in the sky? Number two, why doesn’t she use Resdan?
Today, another selection from The Trial of Tompa Lee. Last week Tompa was framed for a murderous act of terrorism. She’s injured in the explosion and is transported up to Navy Ship Vance.
Until now we’ve seen the hero of the tale only from a distance. Today we meet him properly. Dante Roussel, a former Navy hero, is a broken-down policeman with slight brain damage from an injury rather like Tompa’s. (She was hit in the skull with a severed, six-fingered hand, remember?) He visits the infirmary.
For several seconds Dante stood there, his left hand jammed into a pocket, fidgeting with the corrugated oval of a creolidyte adapter he’d carried off from the Comm Room by mistake. Visiting the infirmary always rubbed the scabs off old nightmares. Even worse than the memories, he hated the reason for this visit.
Unpleasant tasks were the essence of a policeman’s job, of course; he’d known that when he accepted the demotion to Military Discipline after his injury, but the job kept getting harder, not easier.
He took a deep breath and assumed the erect posture he expected of himself. Then he stepped to the open door of the room.
There she was. Naked.
“Well, Tompa Lee,” he whispered, “we meet at last.”
She didn’t answer, of course, and even if she could have, her screams would never escape the clear lid of her casket.
Effing Feline here again, and I’ve had a terrifying thought. What if ol’ Dandruff Puss in the sky coughs up furballs? They’d be huge, and as heavy as falling pianos. Now I’m terrified to go outside!
The Trial of Tompa Lee
Only her enemies can save her from alien injustice
Tompa Lee thinks joining the Space Navy is a dream come true, but it turns into a nightmare when she’s framed for murder on an alien planet. To prove her innocence, she’ll have to trust the policeman who betrayed her to cruel alien justice—and defeat 300 aliens who want to slaughter her.
Edward Hoornaert’s science fiction saga begins The Trilogy of Tompa Lee, though each book in the series stands alone. If you enjoy seeing lowly underdogs overcoming awe-inspiring odds, you’ll love The Trial of Tompa Lee.
Praise for The Trial of Tompa Lee
“Ed Hoornaert is a marvelous writer: a terrific, engrossing storyteller and a consummate stylist.” — Robert J. Sawyer, Hugo-Award winning author
“A rollicking romp on a distant planet, full of adventure and heart.” — Amber Belldene, author of the Blood Vine series
“Reminiscent of the best of classic Star Trek.” TheBestReviews.com
“Hold a tissue ready, as Mr. Hoornaert knows how to squeeze the heart of the reader.” — Love Romances
“Tompa Lee is an attractive, ambitious vagabond.” — Arizona Daily Star
“Classic science fiction, but with enough character development to interest non-science fiction readers.” — Romance Reviews Today
Read chapter one of The Trial of Tompa Lee