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Captain Jessie Cinders faces a hazardous choice. The murderer of the governor's nephew stands before him. But, the frightened teenager, Aurelia Garmenti, doesn't resemble the commandant's description of the vicious, hardened killer his security forces seek.
To complicate matters, Jessie's mind has felt Aurelia's mental powers. The girl is an empath, who escaped the domes below and rode the El car to reach the JOS, Pyre's orbital station. This shouldn't be possible. The century-old agreement between topsiders and downsiders forbids the domes to knowingly admit empaths.
If Jessie decides to protect Aurelia until he can discover the truth of the accusations against her, he risks his company and ships to the commandant's wrath, if his actions are uncovered. In the midst of Jessie's complicated maneuvers to keep Aurelia safe, he receives a call from one of his mining captains and learns of a strange find on Pyre's far moon, Triton.
Meanwhile, the domes' governor, Markos Andropov, is desperate to apprehend Aurelia and return her downside, before the girl can reveal his sordid secret. Aurelia lived her entire life imprisoned in the governor's house with her sister and her mother, whom Markos kidnapped from the JOS 17 years ago. If the governor's crimes became public, it would jeopardize the Andropov dynasty's rule of the domes.
Pyrean factions engage in a struggle against one another to possess Aurelia and use her to gain the upper hand. The ultimate prize is the complete domination of Pyre.
©2017 S. H. Jucha (P)2017 Tantor
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"I really liked both the characters, the action and the world that was being built." (Mixed Book Bag)
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By John Miller on 02-09-18

great story! can't wait to see what happens next!

Good story and interesting characters. interesting twists and turns! lures you in and leaves you wanting more!

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By DH950 on 01-27-18

Not yet tied to the Silver Ships series

Where does Empaths rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

In the top 15%. I've got 100's

What did you like best about this story?

Another Earth colony & a space resource Captain Cinders with ideals similar to Captain Racine. Maybe Alex Racine will come across this bunch later in the series. Another colony ship damaged before reaching its ideal planet, but this one has become a political subdivision of the settlement & due to the usual deceit by the elite, the original rules have thought to have been hidden by the elite who set up things the way they want. An abandoned alien site is found, probably remnants of a war long before the Earth people arrived, complete with bodies of 2 alien races. The elite get too out of control, forcing the colony ship to be made space worthy again & during the process, copies of the stolen rules are found aboard.
The real fun will probably begin in the next book, although this one has enough problems to keep one occupied.

Which scene was your favorite?

When the commandant was informed that his suspect had been found innocent, the elites who bribe him have kept vital knowledge from him again & he is told he has no authority aboard the colony ship Bell, with hints of worse to come for him & the elites.

Any additional comments?

The timeline of colony ships from Earth, put this as one of those that started the Silver Ships Series.

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