Ambassador 4: Coming Home paperback edition is book 4 in the Ambassador series by Patty Jansen
The world as we know it is on a certain path to war…
Delegate Cory Wilson has returned to gamra headquarters from deep space with a rather unwelcome guest: Captain Kando Luczon of the mammoth Aghyrian ship that has returned after mysteriously vanishing 50,000 years ago. On board the ship only 400 years have passed, in which they have visited another galaxy. But the captain isn’t willing to share what they found there or why they decided to come back. In fact, the captain does his utmost best to live up to his infamous historical reputation as an utter jerk, having lived through four hundred years to cultivate his jerkery.
Cory had hoped that by isolating the captain from his ship, mostly still in stasis mode, he could start a conversation, but Kando Luczon isn’t interested in a conversation. He views the modern version of his home world Asto as inferior, its inhabitants the Coldi as nothing but a placeholder race and all other races as savages.
Meanwhile the ship is showing signs of waking up, ancient satellites in orbit in the space junk clouds around Asto and Ceren sputter into life, and Asto’s Chief Coordinator and Cory’s friend Ezhya Palayi makes it clear that if pushed, Asto’s formidable military fleet will take defensive action.Read a sample in your browser
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The tram groaned to a halt. The doors opened—
—and someone charged out of the doors and ran into me at full speed. Thayu shouted. I fell backwards and crashed onto the platform on my backside.
The other person had fallen after tripping over my legs, sprawled on his belly. He was now getting up, brushing dust off his clothes. He was young, dressed in black and—
“Reida! Whatever are you doing?”
“Don’t get on the tram. There’s Tamerians. Run!”
He didn’t say where the Tamerians were, and as I scrambled to my feet, I didn’t see any, but despite his tall tales, I’d never known Reida to lie.
“Come!” I turned around and headed off the platform with Reida. Thayu and Lilona were behind me. “Where are the Tamerians?” I asked him. “I managed to give them the slip at the next station. They’re waiting for us there. They’ll probably find out that we didn’t get on the tram soon. They’ll be running this way.”
“I’ll get a water taxi,” Thayu said.
“I think we’re better off walking through town,” Reida said. “I have some news and you may want to act on it.”
“Do you know where Evi and Telaris are?”
“They’re at the previous station trying to keep the Tamerians in check.”
Damn, I hoped they were safe. I hoped Asha’s guards were there as well.
“Cory, wait!” That was Thayu.
I stopped. While we had been going at a decent jogging tempo, Thayu and Lilona had fallen behind. Thayu was standing with her hands at her sides, the pose she took when she was annoyed. Lilona stood doubled over, panting, supporting herself with one hand on a wall.
No exercise aboard that ship, huh?
Thayu spread her hands, clearly annoyed. “We can’t protect her going through town when she can’t run when we need her to.”
True. “Maybe we should get that water taxi after all.” And here I was thinking that I was unfit and weak.
“No,” Reida said. “There are more Tamerians on the outside of town than inside. Once we’re on the water, they’ll only need to pick us off. There is no shelter out there. They have excellent night vision.” In contrast to one of the “mistakes” supposedly made with the Coldi people.
I said, “We need a vehicle. It’s a good run from here to the airport and we should take her back before we do anything else.”
“She won’t survive a run across the island,” Thayu said, her voice dark.
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