Contract of Defiance (Spectras Arise, Book 1)

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Winner of the 2010 Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers Colorado Gold Contest for best action/thriller. Finalist in the Kindle Book Review 2012 Best Indie Book Contest for science fiction/fantasy.

Contract of Defiance, Spectras Arise Trilogy, Book 1

When all other options run out, never let go of your gun.

In a few hundred years, the Algol system becomes humanity’s new home. The question is: Is it a better one? When a crew of arms smugglers botches their latest job, Corps-deserter and crewmember, Aly Erikson, is separated from her brother, the only person she can trust, and left behind to fight for her life. In the aftermath, as she tries to piece together what happened, a crew of roughneck settlers pressgang her into a dangerous mission in the heart of Corps territory. Time is running out to get back everything she’s lost: her crew, her brother, her options. But no one is taking her gun.

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“Tammy Salyer’s Contract of Defiance (Book One in her Spectras Arise trilogy) is a powerful statement of her prowess as a military fiction author. Her fight scenes are impeccable, her characters three dimensional, and her universe dry and gritty. At times deadly and at others canny, her lead character Aly is smart, strong and someone you can root for. If you like military science fiction you owe it to yourself to get a copy and move it to the top of your to be read list.” ~ Author of Aetna Adrift and The Far Banks of the Rubicon, Erik Wecks

“A rocket ship full of sci-fi lovin’ goodness powered by prose that borders on literary fiction.” Author of the Dream Guild Chronicles, David Bruns

“Arm yourself for a riveting quest on the galactic fringe in Contract of Defiance.” ~ The Motley Chronicles


“In Contract of Defiance you hit the ground running, thrust straight into the action and it never really lets up. Fast paced the plot keeps you reading chapter after chapter in order to find out what happens next.” ~ Goodreads Review

“This was one of the most well written books I’ve read this year. I don’t normally read scifi, but I must tell you, the writing in this novel should overcome any reticence to grab a copy of this great read and dig in.” ~ Author Ron McCabe

“A fast-paced and fun sci-fi space adventure with a great protagonist, Contract of Defiance by Tammy Salyer starts with a running gun fight and doesn’t let up until the explosive conclusion.” ~ Author of the Carpathia Timeline, Scott Whitmore

The Hunger Games meets Star Wars.” ~ Amazon Review

“I was completely impressed by this book. From the first page you are sucked into an action-filled science fiction adventure that keeps you on the edge of your seat, just dying to find out what happens next…I cannot recommend it enough.” ~ It is a Bookish Kind of Life

“With Contract of Defiance you feel every punch, every bullet.” ~ Radiant Attack

Contract of Defiance was wonderful!” ~ Amazon Review

“If you want a story with really strong female characters, some awesome adventure, a really mysterious future society, and space travel, then pick up a copy of Contract of Defiance today! I can not recommend it enough.” ~ It’s a Bookish Kind of Life

“Her writing stood toe to toe with the likes of Christie Golden, R.A. Salvatore, and better than Richard Knaack.” ~ Author of the Ahmbren Chronicles, K. Scott Lewis

Contract of Defiance is a top-notch addition to the Sci-Fi action / thriller genre. It contains the kind of action that makes it hard to turn off the light and go to sleep.” ~ Amazon Review

“The only complaint I have is that the next book isn’t out yet.” ~ Amazon Review

Copyright © 2014 by Tammy Salyer, Author. All Rights Reserved.


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  2. […] Debut novel from Tammy Salyer. I met Tammy when she was busy winning the Colorado Gold Contest for Best Action/Thriller an at the 2010 Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers Conference. I’ll be downloading this book, myself, as soon as I get this blog posted. Check out the first chapter here: Contract of Defiance […]


  3. Hi Tammy: I read the first chapter and really enjoyed it so I downloaded the book from Amazon. That was my first time having to remove DRM – it took me some scouring around and fiddling but it’s done and now I have an epub of your book for my Kobo.

    I like the style you’re writing this in or general writing style I guess I could say. It flows very well and the descriptions are very real to me. You describe action really well, I assume by some personal experience perhaps… I also had this affinity with Serenity and the Firefly series as I read, not that yours is derivative, just feel-wise.

    I also wanted to mention that you had a flow similar to Lee Child’s Reacher novels. I’ve read the first two in that series. I immediately decided to read his work to get a feel of how he makes the narrative flow… he has a distinct style. He also has that ability to describe things technically, like fight scenes without it being too literary which I like, and I think you’ve achieved as well.

    Anyway, looking forward to reading Contract of Defiance. Right now I’ve been reading a novel that I want to finish, Salvage The Bones by Jesmyn Ward, but for some reason it’s not grabbing me that much. It’s interesting but I want a break to read some action. Cheerio cocoa-puff.


  4. Hi Bree,
    Thanks so much for your support and such wonderful compliments! I do enjoy writing action, and it’s great to hear that it is fun to read. I will have to pick up some of Lee Childs’ work as I have not read anything by him. Something tells me I’ll like it. I am an AVID Serenity and Firefly fan, so your comment is especially poignant. Thank you! I hope you enjoy the rest of the book. I am really looking forward to your release. I loved Mark Haddon’s The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime, and any story coming from the perspective of people with Aspbergers is guaranteed to be fascinating. Best!


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