Blood & Dirt by Dai Alanye
Series: Exploits of Roger Fee, Book 1.
Approx. 25,730 words.
Published on December 5, 2013.
It's only the money. I wouldn't touch this job if I weren't broke. Head for a wild planet to snatch a beautiful woman who doesn't want to be rescued? Never! Fight off barbarians and pirates who enjoy torturing men to death? No thanks. Struggle through a jungle to escape ferocious beasts, only to find one waiting on the other side? There must be an easier way to make a living.