• ePub
  • ISBN 9781101626689
  • 400 Pages
  • Ace
  • Adult


Priscilla Hutchins has been through many experiences.
This is the story of her first unforgettable adventure…
Priscilla “Hutch” Hutchins has finally realized her lifelong dream: She’s completed a nerve-bending qualification flight for a pilot’s license.
Her timing is far from optimal, however. Faster-than-light travel has only recently become a reality, and the World Space Authority is still learning how to manage long-range missions safely. To make matters worse, efforts to prepare two planets for colonization are killing off native life-forms, outraging people on Earth.
So there’s not a lot of demand for space pilots. Priscilla thinks her career may be over before it has begun. But her ambition won’t be denied, and soon she is on the bridge of an interstellar ship, working for the corporation that is responsible for the terraforming.
Her working conditions include bomb threats, sabotage, clashes with her employers—and a mission to a world, adrift between the stars, that harbors a life-form unlike anything humanity has ever seen. Ultimately, she will be part of a life-and-death struggle that will test both her capabilities and her character…


“The logical heir to Isaac Asimov and Arthur C. Clarke.”—Stephen King

“An action-packed prequel taking us back to the roots of Hutchins’ love of space. Throughout, McDevitt ramps up the tension.”—Florida Times-Union
“You should definitely read Jack McDevitt.”—Gregory Benford

“If you’re a fan of the Academy series, definitely check it out.”—Making It Up As I Go
“Takes off like a shot…I was literally unable to put the book down…a fascinating story with exceptional storytelling and extremely believable world building.”—My Shelf Confessions
“All the things one has come to expect from one of Jack McDevitt’s novels…plenty of cool ideas.”—SF Site
“I had so much fun with Starhawk…It wasn’t just the plot that engaged me, it was the character and the setting and the whole package.”—Bibliosanctum (5 out of 5 stars)