today the spotlight is on another great story by Liza O’Connor, the first book in the Skyryders serie, The Scavenger Mission.
Meet Alisha: A young woman who refuses to live the life her parents want.
In a single month, Alisha Kane has gone from a wealthy debutante to street girl to scavenger. While testing her new flying skills in the Cully Canyon, Alisha incurs a near-death crash landing. She’s “rescued” by a colonel of the SkyRyders and her life changes forever.
Meet Logan: A SkyRyder colonel in charge of a sleepy fort with little to do other than arrest the occasional scavenger.
For the first time in his life, Logan’s attracted to a young woman, only she’s probably a scavenger and he’ll have to arrest her. But first he offers her a shower and food while he checks on his crew. His videographer has captured her extraordinary flight through the Cully and her flying is astounding!
He forgoes arresting her and puts his career at risk by asking MAC to assess her skills and integrity as a potential SkyRyder. If he can get Alisha into the SkyRyders, it will be his greatest contribution to the Corps.
Meet MAC: The Artificial Intelligence that runs the SkyRyders Corps.
Upon seeing her arrival, MAC upgrades Alisha’s test. Her flying skills are not just excellent; they exceed what was previously thought possible. MAC classifies her as its top asset and soon she proves her value.
But…the SkyRyders remain a male dominated Corps where Alisha’s sense of right and wrong often clashes with her superiors. How long can a rebellious young woman survive in a regimented Corps?
The Difficulty of discerning the Truth
The ‘Truth’ can be an allusive concept. Years ago a friend and I went to Miami beach. While in four feet of water, I saw a huge manatee swim right in front of us. My friend saw a giant shark. Both of us firmly believe what we saw, so had we been hooked up to a lie detector, neither of us would have failed.
A bit more about MAC.
MAC, the AI that runs the Sky Ryders Corps, knows how hard discovering the truth is. While it sends each colonel a lie detection program to help them sort out problems with their soldiers, MAC keeps its improved program to itself. If programmers got a hold of it, they could discover what it looked for and teach SkyRyders ways to get around it. Presently, it appears to be most accurate and MAC wishes to keep it that way.
To keep the program safe requires harsh results to those who fail its test. The program makes almost everyone ill (discovering how horrible you’ve actually been over your life is a downer). And for those who are truly bad, they disappear for good.
For those who have committed a serious crime, but are otherwise are a good person, they are sent to a fort in Alaska, which is referred to in all documents as a prison. While the weather is brutal, it’s far better than a real prison.
There are also a long list of petty issues that can get you removed from the Corps, but MAC lets the colonels deal with those using their own program. This reduces the chance of any clever cadet figuring out how to get around MAC’s assessment test.
Here’s an excerpt of what you’re going to find in this story.
Colonel Logan motioned for Washington to sit. “I hope you plan to be a little smarter than Private Simpson,” he said as he attached the bio measures to the young man. Washington didn’t answer, but he literally shook with fear.
The computer cut the interview off after the third question. Logan stared in disgust at the message on the screen. Query abort. Subject exhibiting high-stress symptoms; possible coercion. Testimony unreliable. Data being sent to MAC.
Logan’s teeth locked with anger. Had the damn program allowed him to continue, Washington would have broken and told the truth. The Ryder claimed he couldn’t remember much about the day, that losing the trainee at the end of the day had traumatized him, but he did recall her crashing a lot. No, he couldn’t recall exactly why she had crashed. With every answer, Logan edged him further into a corner, and Washington knew it. Pretty soon, he’d be forced to out-and-out lie or ’fess up and tell the truth.
However, the program didn’t want a cornered confession. The symptoms were the same as those exhibited in coerced testimony, where outside the camera’s range, a wife or child might be held with a gun to their head while the interview proceeded.
MAC soon responded with a date for assessment. Logan printed it off and read it to Washington in a similar procedure to Ollie’s. The only difference was that Washington wasn’t demoted. He still held his sergeant rank, since the computer could not determine if he’d lied or not.
If you want to read the whole story, you can find it on Amazon.
Liza has many Sci-Fi series you can choose from.
The Multiverse Series
Sci-Fi Soap Opera with humor, romance, and science
Artificial Intelligence Series
The SkyRyders Series
Scavenger Falters – coming 2017
Scavenger Vanishes -coming 2017
I hope you enjoyed it, I’ll see you guys next week!