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Ten Low

(2021)
(The first book in the Ten Low series)
A novel by

 
 
Firefly meets Dune in a breakneck race to escape across an alien moon thriving with aliens and criminals.
 

Ten Low is eking out a living at the universe’s edge. An ex-medic, ex-con, desperate to escape her memories of the war, she still hasn’t learnt that no good deed goes unpunished. 
 
Attempting to atone for her sins, she pulls a teenage girl from a crashed lifecraft. But Gabriella Ortiz is no ordinary girl – she is a genetically-engineered super soldier and decorated General, part of the army that kept Ten prisoner. Worse, Ten realises the crash was an assassination attempt, and that someone wants Ortiz dead...  
 
To get the General off-world, they must cross the moon’s lawless wastes, face military hit squads, savage bandits, organ sharks and good old-fashioned treachery. But as they race to safety, something else waits in the darkness. Something ancient and patient. Something that knows exactly who she is, and what she is really running from.


Genre: Science Fiction

Praise for this book

"Stark Holborn's writing is clever, original and thrilling." - RJ Barker

"A gritty space western that fans of The Mandalorian should lap up. As always, Stark Holborn makes us feel immediately for the characters to the point where we'll follow them through hell. And we do." - Paul Cornell

"I loved Ten Low. Combining the taut characterisation and clever wit of Stark Holborn’s spectacular Westerns with some splendidly inclusive and innovative sci-fi, this is a wonderful fusion of Firefly and Joanna Russ, with a Ennio Morricone soundtrack." - Joanne Harris

"An action-packed SF adventure with an intriguing majority female cast? OH, HELL YES!" - Stina Leicht

"Mad Max meets Firefly – and that’s awesome." - Claire North

"Stark Holborn continues to impress. Great characters and a blistering pace." - Gareth L Powell

"I loved this from beginning to end. There are furious fight-scenes, down-and-dirty characters and incredible world-building. Stark Holborn grabs you by the throat on page one and never lets you go!" - Cavan Scott

"A fantastic, punchy SF action story, full of blood and grit and bitter pasts." - Adrian Tchaikovsky

"The future of space westerns, TEN LOW showed me the most vibrant desert world since DUNE. A stunning blend of pulp and literary exploration leaves the old guard masters in the dust." - Alex White


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