Talisman by Bradley Warnes
Approx. 72,860 words.
Published on December 11, 2012.
Book 2 of the Artemis Files...
Caught between Pirates in the Hinterlands and friends that want to kill him, Bren Montclare and his starship DIANA fight to stay alive. All Bren wanted was time to recover from his baptism of fire into counter-intelligence operations and a chance to sell his cargo but the Artemis Project has other ideas....