The Sheeban: Starship and Metaphor

I am delighted to have Laurie A. Green on my blog today. Laurie is one of my co-authors in Embrace the Romance: Pets in Space 2.

When Captain Navene Jagger is temporarily reassigned as the commanding officer of the Carduwan Fifth Fleet’s battleship Imperative to fly an antiquated little “hunk of junk” in Courting Disaster: StarDog 2, he’s far from pleased. This is his first meeting with his new ship, the Sheeban.

Jagger stood at the docking bay entrance, trying to find any positives in this gigadam boondoggle. He’d be flying solo, he reminded himself, just like the glory days of slicing through space in his Rimcraft Stiletto. It might not be all bad. That thought tumbled and burned the moment he caught sight of the shipwreck at the end of the boarding passage.

He checked the bay number again. Yes. Right bay. He just couldn’t believe what was berthed there.

The Sheeban’s battered two-deck carcass could’ve been a clunky, mid-ranged compost hauler that had seen its best days millennia ago. They wanted him to transport an ambassador’s daughter on this wreck?

Ah, but just as you should never judge a book by its cover, you should also never judge a starship by her battered exterior. Sheeban has a few surprises in store—for both Jagger and for readers.

Though it’s very subtle, and I doubt many readers who don’t happen to read this blog will make the connection, the Sheeban is actually a metaphor for Captain Jagger himself.

Jagger, the most highly decorated captain in the Carduwan Fifth Fleet, is the real shipwreck in this story. But unlike Sheeban, he’s a derelict on the inside. He’s a man suffering from deep personal loss, heartache, guilt and regret, and he camouflages his battle scars with a façade of pride and ambition. He has a driving desire to become the most elite of the elite—Fleet Admiral—because he no longer believes there’s anything else in life worth living for.

When Jagger begins to understand the significance of the vessel he’s been entrusted to pilot, it’s the start of his awakening, in more ways than one. Just like Sheeban, maybe all he needs is someone who can see beyond his battlescars and pull him from the proverbial salvage yard.

Ketsia Tayah is the woman he’s been assigned to escort aboard the Sheeban—and with the mission they’re given new identities…as a married team of spacefreighters! Jagger soon realizes her past is entangled with his own, and though he feels a strong attraction to her that he cannot—and will not—act on, she also brings a very painful reminder of what he’s lost…and why.

When the mission is suddenly thrust into jeopardy, Jagger must make some very tough choices, for better or worse.

There’s a final twist involving Jagger and Sheeban at the end of the story. Without serving up any spoilers, let’s just say that Jagger is just as surprised as I hope readers will be. It seemed a fitting outcome for a man and his metaphor.

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About the Author

Laurie A. Green is a three-time RWA Golden Heart® finalist, an award-winning author, and a science fiction romance enthusiast who founded the SFR Brigade community of writers, which is now over 1,000 members strong.

She confesses to being an Andromeda Galaxy groupie and would someday love to own a vacation home on Mars or Titan. She’s enthused to be a part of this wonderful anthology mash-up of two of her favorite things–pets and space.

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