Observation (Space Agent Jonathan Bartell 2)



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Observation is book 2 in the Space Agent Jonathan Bartell series by Patty Jansen

About Observation

Space biologists Jonathan Bartell and Gaby Larsen arrive at Johnson Base at the Moon’s south pole for a project with Professor Isaacs that is so secret, he cannot share the details with them. However, the professor does not show up to meet them.

Vijay Singh borrowed money from a local council man who uses the debt to make continued threats to Vijay. In his despair to pay it back, Vijay gets involved with one of the most lucrative crime schemes in the solar system.

However, the capsule he retrieves from a crater near Johnson Base contains more than smuggled rare elements. What is buried in the moon dust in the crater? No one is going to talk about it for fear of getting on the wrong side of the crime lords. Even if keeping the secret will endanger the entire base.

Here is a sample:

THE SURFACE HARVESTER was a huge, imposing chunk of metal that combined high-tech electronics with heavy-duty crunchers, grinding blades and harvesting arms. It rumbled over the concrete, inaudible in the vacuum of the dock, but Vijay could feel it through the soles of his boots. A spear of sunlight slanted onto the metal-plated side, showing the blazing logo of LE—Lunar Exploration—and fine moon dust that spilled from the crevices in its caterpillar wheels as the machine lumbered out of the dock onto the lifeless plain.

Vijay pressed himself into the black shadow behind the door where he knew the driver couldn’t see him unless he checked his side or rear cameras, and those cameras stayed focused long enough to adjust for the sharp contrast between sunlight and shadow. His heart beat quickly in his throat and in the absence of any other sound, the hissing of his breath through the mask was deafening. He checked his pack. Water—check, tools—check, computer—check, keys—check.

Tonnes of metal passed and passed and passed.
He held his breath.

Come on, come on . . .

There was the rear of the vehicle.

Vijay judged the distance, bent his knees, and, when the harvester was almost out of the dock, jumped.

His gloves slapped onto the telescope beam that held the rear scoop. The non-slip surface allowed him to grip the smooth bars. He pulled himself up by swinging his legs, climbed over the lip of the scoop and tumbled unceremoniously into the darkness within the giant metal maw.

He hit the bottom of the scoop on his side. Oof.

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