Now available: Black Ocean Mission 9

Mission 9: Adventure Capital

There’s a new crime lord in this galaxy. Time to make crime actually pay.
Carl Ramsey had a derelict battleship and a hundred stranded navy veterans fall into his lap. With Earth Navy happier pretending none of them existed, it only seemed logical to turn them into a criminal empire. What could possibly go wrong?

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Mission 1: Salvage Trouble

Hitchhikers are trouble in any galaxy.
Down-on-his-luck starship captain Carl Ramsey is just looking for some easy cash. His team discovers a stuck escape pod while looting a wrecked transport ship, and his ‘routine’ salvage job turns into a rescue mission. And of course, a good deed never goes unpunished…

 

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