The Trilisk AI by Michael McCloskey
Series: Parker Interstellar Travels, Book 2.
Approx. 65,280 words.
Published on July 10, 2012.
Telisa Relachik studied to be a xenoarchaeologist in a future where humans have found alien artifacts but haven't ever encountered live aliens. Recruited by a group of artifact smugglers, Telisa endures deadly opposition on her first expedition and comes out an experienced explorer. Telisa and Magnus feel up to a new challenge, but does Shiny have a hidden agenda?