Born of ShadowsBook - 2011
BORN OF SHADOWS
For Caillen Dagan, a defiant soldier of fortune, survival isn't a right, it's a brutal daily battle. Moving through the Ichidaian universe like a wraith, his brushes with the law and death are legendary. But when an act of rare heroism reveals his hidden birthright, he's forced into a world much more dangerous and cold-hearted than the bloody streets where he was raised-one of obscene wealth and lethal politics.
Ferocious and determined, Desideria serves as an official bodyguard for her queen. Born of questionable genetics, she will do anything to prove herself worthy of the weapons she carries and the position she's won by combat. But when she uncovers a ruthless plot to assassinate the queen and overthrow her country's government, Desideria is caught in the crosshairs.
With assassination contracts out on both of them, Caillen and Desideria must learn to fight together or die alone. And if they fail, their governments will fall into the hands of an unimaginable evil.
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Caillan's life as a dreg has given him some very useful life skills that he can apply to his new career. As a security expert he can spot holes that you can drive a bomb-laden shuttlecraft through. As a gem appraiser he can tell how much the rings on fat politician's finger cost while said politico is begging for more money for his starving people. As a free-trader, he know where planetary armadas are, as well as pirate corridors, relief vessels, and the fair price of goods. And his negotiating skills and exposure to the seamier side of life makes him resistant to the Qillaq negotiating technique, much to the frustration of the Qillaq queen. What is the Qillaq negotiating technique? Well, it involves a hot woman, the raciest lingerie you can imagine, while lounging in such a way that most males are standing at attention, and most females are disgusted at how the guys are slaves to testosterone. Cai on the other hand, looked at the negotiator and thought 'I've seen hotter, younger women more naked.' though he did note that if the cute bodyguard had been 'dressed' like that his mind would have been elsewhere.
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