Salamander Six By Mike DiBaggio

Description

The island of St. Martin is the glittering jewel of the French Caribbean. When fire threatens its narrow streets and skyscraper-studded waterfronts, the daring airborne firemen of Marin-Pyronef answer the call. Their remotely piloted drones can suffocate flames before conventional fire engines could even roll out of the station, while their jumpcraft can drop rescuers onto the roofs of buildings that no ladder could reach. This is the vision that the company’s founder, veteran smoke jumper Florian Archambeault, has spent the last twenty years building into a model of firefighting excellence.

Now, in a single afternoon, seventy years of domination by St. Martin’s corrupt Colonial Administration comes crashing down. In haste to evacuate after a stunning military defeat, four people are trapped atop the administration headquarters by a raging fire. Locked in a safe room with their air supply running low, only one fire company has a chance to save them. This is the rescue that would make Marin-Pyronef’s reputation on the world stage, and finally vindicate what Florian has spent a lifetime trying to prove.

But there’s a problem.

Among those trapped is despised colonial commissioner Pascal Beaulieu, the man who ruined and exiled Florian two decades ago. Will Florian’s sense of duty trump his thirst for revenge? Can he afford to save the most hated man on the island?

Salamander Six is a standalone short story set in the Ascension Epoch shared universe.

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Discussions

  •  Mike DiBaggio

    After Dark: Teen Paranormal @**-Kicking

    There’s another Ascension Epoch novel available for free in the Liberty.Me library: After Dark After Dark is the story of Sebastian Pereira, an impetuous teenager who decided to become what he always dreamed of being…a superhero! The world that Sebastian lives in is different from our own, yet recognizable. He lives in Pittsburgh, a city still transformed by the Martian invasion (a la ‘War of the Worlds’) more than a century ago. The United States has been dead for more than 100 years; North America is broken up into dozens of small states, confederations, anarchic alliances, and free cities. Pittsburgh itself is a city of block governments, neighborhood associations, subscription patrol companies, and rights enforcement agencies trying to establish a better way of doing things in the face of a withering city government. Society is in many ways freer and more advanced than our own, and culturally much different as well. There are even personal aircraft! But this parallel universe is no utopia of perpetual sunshine and flowers. There is still crime, corruption, and racial tension, especially between radical talents (people with superpowers) and the existing order. As the costumed crimefighter known as Torrent, Sebastian runs up against werecats, mad gassers, corrupt police, supernatural vandals, and seductive radicals in the Global Parahuman Revolutionary Army. His challenges are ethical as often as they are physical, and his toughest opponent may be his fallen nature. Can he really serve justice as a vigilante, or is he only serving his own ego? I’d love to hear what you thought of the book, our characters, and our setting.

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  •  Mike Reid

    Free-Market Firefighting (A Novella)

    Boy, do I have some free goodies for you today, liberty fans. Just because you’re a member of Liberty.me, Mike DiBaggio (@illuminarch) is offering you a free ebook of his gripping short free-market-firefighting novel, Salamander Six. Go get it in our Library. And, you can get the Salamander Six Audiobook free with a 30-Day trial from Audible. AND, Derek Sheriff (@dereksheriff) of Listen & Think, the libertarian audiobook company, will give you another free audiobook from L&T’s catalog if you write a review of Salamander Six on Audible. (Post a comment in this thread or message directly to Derek to claim your free audiobook. Offer valid while supplies last.)

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  •  Mike Reid

    House of Refuge

    House of Refuge, is an award-winning libertarian short story by Mike DiBaggio. As BK Marcus puts it in his foreword, “Mike DiBaggio’s story of adventure and heroism exemplifies the sort of fiction I think the freedom movement needs much, much more of — a tale that demonstrates the evils of force and the virtues of freedom without ever allowing an ideological agenda to distract the reader from the action and drama.” Members can download it for free from our Library. Let us know if you enjoy the book as much as we do.

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