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A far-future military/scifi endeavor from New York Times best-selling author Scott Sigler.

It is the best-kept and worst-kept secret in the Planetary Union navy. The PUV James Keeling, a warship that does things that no other ship can do. It is a weapon, and a liability. The rumor is that eighty percent of the people assigned to the Keeling die before their two-year stint is up. That rumor is the reason for the ship's nickname -- The Crypt, a vessel full of the dead.

Those with a promising career, those with connections, those that can can avoid service on the Keeling do just that. But still, the ship must fight, and for that, it needs a crew. The navy assigns the worst of the worst: cowards, thieves, murderers, rapists or those with nowhere else to go, no way to opt out. Your choice is simple: be executed for your crimes, or serve two years on the keeling. If you make it out alive, your record is wiped clean and you get a fresh start.

For this crew of just over 100 souls, it will be the longest two years they have ever faced. What is this ship? Where did it come from? And why, oh, why, won't everyone stop screaming ...

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  • Meet Travis Ellis. His legal troubles force a Hobson's choice upon him.

  • Meet Nitzhans Shamdi and Aramis, two hulking interplanetary marines. Bad things tend to happen when these boys drink too much.....

  • Meet Sergeant Maya Whitaker, Private Jim Perry, and Private Mark Bennett. What could compel someone to volunteer to serve on The Crypt?

  • Meet Master Gunnery Sergeant Francis Sands, head of Marine security for the PUV Goshawk. He goes against his inherently strict nature and winds up putting his head in the figurative noose while walking his rounds.

  • Meet Lieutenant Suzanna Rossi and Captain Brachford serving on the PUV Shale Morris. Lieutenant Rossi, a devoted Purist, rapidly discovers that Captain Brachford is a religious bigot looking for vengeance. They are not going to get along very well.

  • When you is a ho, the pimp always wins. Yolanda Smith is taught this harsh truth in this episode. Here is your first peek, albeit a small one, inside the PUV James Keeling.

  • Jonas Robinson will not let anything stand in between him and his vengeance. Colin Walker took his family from him, and he will pay.

  • Every woman has the right to defend herself from the unwanted attentions of a man. But where is the line? And how far is her defense allowed to go?

  • "Bent Wrench" Crites is a brilliant engineer. Unfortunately, he also possesses a teensy weensy temper and is just a bit crude. This tends to offend his commanding officers' delicate sensibilities.

  • Death surrounds some people. It follows them and shadows their every move. For Private Pippa Remic, it's something she just can't seem to escape. You can't really run from death when you are the one who is always dishing it out -- intentionally or not.

  • Sergeant Krystina Simonsen and her crew find themselves naked and confined. They have no idea where they are. They are definitely "in the piss." Can their situation possibly get any worse? Are you kidding? This is a Scott Sigler story.

  • Sergeant Krystina Simonsen and her crew find themselves naked and confined. They have no idea where they are. They are definitely "in the piss." Can their situation possibly get any worse? Are you kidding? This is a Scott Sigler story.

  • The stealth attack ship Washington D.C. is on a mission which must be completed, regardless of the cost. Everyone is expendable. All that matters is that they succeed in their task. They must learn what Professor James Keeling of the Planetary Union is working on out here in deep space. The DC is a highly advanced "ugly" from the League of Planets. Silence and stealth are the Washington's weapons of war. Every emission, whether it be electromagnetic, heat, light, or sound can place them in immediate peril. Detection means death. Deaths noted in Captain Plaunt's log this episode: Mae Breakall, Justin Crumpler, Sharla Keslar, Shawn Keslar, Christian Mullane, Patrick Mullane, Rory Nuchtchas, Bobby Ruks, Joey Ruks, Kathy Ruks, Kate Vidrine, & Fred Wolfe.

  • The stealth attack ship Washington D.C. is on a mission which must be completed, regardless of the cost. Everyone is expendable. All that matters is that they succeed in their task. They must learn what Professor James Keeling of the Planetary Union is working on out here in deep space. The DC is a highly advanced "ugly" from the League of Planets. Silence and stealth are the Washington's weapons of war. Every emission, whether it be electromagnetic, heat, light, or sound can place them in immediate peril. Detection means death. Deaths noted in Captain Plaunts log this episode: Katie Adams, Jehan Aziz, Connor Logan Bailey, Marc Bailey, Mikey Beacom, Kevin Blackerby, John Coard, Avla Crumbler, James Jossard, Jonathan Kalmes, Tyler Kuebler, Brian Maupin, Tee Morris, Laura Mullin, Rob Morris, Patrick O'Keefe, Jeremy Parsons, Ben Press, Julie Press, Aaron Reed, Mary Alice Reisse, Blade Ronetz, Phil Rossi, Heather Welliver, Richard Woodworth.

  • The stealth attack ship Washington D.C. is on a mission which must be completed, regardless of the cost. Everyone is expendable. All that matters is that they succeed in their task. They must learn what Professor James Keeling of the Planetary Union is working on out here in deep space. The DC is a highly advanced "ugly" from the League of Planets. Silence and stealth are the Washington's weapons of war. Every emission, whether it be electromagnetic, heat, light, or sound can place them in immediate peril. Detection means death. Deaths noted in Captain Plaunts' log this episode: No casualties reported.

  • The stealth attack ship Washington D.C. is on a mission which must be completed, regardless of the cost. Everyone is expendable. All that matters is that they succeed in their task. They must learn what Professor James Keeling of the Planetary Union is working on out here in deep space. The DC is a highly advanced "ugly" from the League of Planets. Silence and stealth are the Washington's weapons of war. Every emission, whether it be electromagnetic, heat, light, or sound can place them in immediate peril. Detection means death. Deaths noted in Captain Plaunts' log this episode: Peter Blix-Bryant, Chris Butera, Greg Butera, Steve Hilley, Diana Landl, Marcus Noble, Jason Northrop, Waleed Ovase, Kent Vidrine.

  • The stealth attack ship Washington D.C. is on a mission which must be completed, regardless of the cost. Everyone is expendable. All that matters is that they succeed in their task. They must learn what Professor James Keeling of the Planetary Union is working on out here in deep space. The DC is a highly advanced "ugly" from the League of Planets. Silence and stealth are the Washington's weapons of war. Every emission, whether it be electromagnetic, heat, light, or sound can place them in immediate peril. Detection means death. Deaths noted in Captain Plaunts' log this episode: Donny Bliss, Chris Bugaj, Melissa Bugaj, Laura Burns, Andrew Clark, Christiana Ellis, Martha Hollaway, Paulette Jaxton, Mikey Kay, Mur Lafferty, Kira Mandel, Steve Marschall, Earl Newton, Nutty Nuchtchas, Jason Ramboz, Andrew Randles, Mark Smith, Andy Spencer, Carmen Wellman, Jett Whitfield. Crew members whose fates are UNKNOWN: Scott Breakall, Darth BonBon, Christine Cipparone, Hillary Clapper, John Cmar, Kevin Crosby, Darrin Dishong, Bill Engleman, Paul Fischer, Cristin Guinan-Wiley, Eric Hodges, Jason Jones, Ed Patrush, Gillian Plaunt, Allie Press, Bruce Press, Aric Ruks, Ted Sawyer, Chooch Schubert, Viv Schubert, Ashley Schultz, Carrie Seidman, Greg Seidman, Ryan Sexmore, David Sobkowiak, Maxwell Sobolik, Dan Tabor, Annie Turner, Brent Weichsel, Evelyn Wolke, Jason Wonn.

  • Angela Stewart is starting her life over. She's going to be a doctor & an officer in the Planetary Union Navy. But she has a dark secret......

  • Angela Stewart is starting her life over. She's going to be a doctor & an officer in the Planetary Union Navy. But she has a dark secret......

  • Angela Stewart is starting her life over. She's going to be a doctor & an officer in the Planetary Union Navy. But she has a dark secret......

  • Dr. Erun Wellington is about to find out exactly how important continuing to live really is to him. We also meet the unusual life form known as a Grizzit.

  • Master Chief Billy Kinshasa is a woman who doesn't know what she's asking for. But when have you ever known a mother who's protected her young to be reasonable?

  • Shonda "Peace Sign" Bible has had a time of it, no doubt. Good thing she's the pilot of a MV-6T hull-breecher, also known as a "Sexy Beast." That's right: an assignment request for the Keeling, a bad-ass soldier, and a 35-ton mech. Scott co-wrote this episode with Jake Bible, the author of Dead Mech, The World's First Drabble Novel. Jake's had several short stories published in Necrotic Tissue, The New Bedlam Project, Quantum Muse and The Drabblecast anthology. For more information about Jake and to find out what a Drabble novel is, visit jakebible.com

  • Special forces standout Lieutenant Mac Cooley has spent the last five months embedded with the Ki Imperial Commandos, speaking their language, fighting their fight, eating their food and gathering intel on Ki Rebel Association assets. Now, "Stone Balls" and his Ki buddies recon for a company of Marines dropped in for an attack on those assets. When leadership fails, Mac will have to choose between obeying orders and saving lives. Scott co-wrote this episode with Paul Elard Cooley, the author of 2010 Parsec finalist Tattoo. Please visit shadowpublications.com for his stories, rants, reviews, and general insanity.

  • The last members of The Crypt crew are assembling for the shakedown cruise, although just like the rest of our characters, they have no idea what's coming. At least most of the crew actually volunteered for the Planetary Union Navy, but not computer hacker Hamzah Haring. Perhaps this is a cautionary tale about what can happen if you get all spun up with anger, and go after someone or something that is best left alone.This episode is co-written with author PC Haring, the author of Cybrosis.

  • The crew of the PUV James Keeling is almost complete. In this episode we meet Bronson McLean, career sailor, dedicated to his comrades, the guy you want with you in a pinch. When his crew is sent to assess an derelict enemy warship, The Sword of Mother Theresa … McLean's dedication is put to the test. Scott co-wrote this episode with Patrick McLean, the creator of How to Succeed in Evil and the Seanachai podcast. His work can be found scattered all over the web and aggregated at patrickemclean.com

  • This is the conclusion of Bronson McLean's story. He's a career sailor, dedicated to his comrades; the guy you want with you in a pinch. When his crew is sent to assess an derelict enemy warship, The Sword of Mother Theresa … McLean's dedication is put to the test. Scott co-wrote this episode with Patrick McLean, the creator of How to Succeed in Evil and the Seanachai. His work can be found scattered all over the web and aggregated at patrickemclean.com

  • The PUV James Keeling has her crew ... almost. One more lost soul must join The Crypt before she embarks on her shakedown cruise. Scott teams up with Mur Lafferty to give us the final crew member of the ship. Mur has written the Afterlife series, Playing for Keeps, and continues to host I Should be Writing. For more information about her, please visit murverse.com

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