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Exotic Contraband –

Lost among the stars

By M.A. Harris

Copyright 2012 M.A. Harris

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This book was started more than ten years ago, my wife, parents, brother and sister in law have all read and commented on versions, especially my father who is also my editor, critic and booster. We all hope you enjoy this story as much as we did working on it.


Chapter 1

The EC-38’s fanjets whistled contentedly as it bumped and swayed along the taxiway. Major Sandra Sebastianii discreetly wriggled to get a bit more comfortable as her copilot, Captain John Davis, steered the big jet towards the still distant end of the runway. She was cursed with being a petite woman, and modern aircraft were designed for modern men, even with the seat at its maximum height and the pedals motored out, she always felt a bit like a little girl playing grownup. She got the cushion she was sitting on settled and went back to running down the automated checklist. She saw the Mission CO’s go button was lit, nothing wrong with the mission package then.

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