Books by Rene Astle

Rene Astle is the super secret scifi pen name of C. Rene Astle. So sneaky!

The Dominion Chronicles: The Lyra Cycle

What’s with the long series name, you ask? I love these characters and this world — I have so many ideas for spin-offs and other series. The first series is The Lyra Cycle, following the adventures of the crew of the cargo ship Lyra as they try to scrap while staying out of the notice authorities.

Book 1: A Dead Ship in the Deep Black

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Rule number 1: Whatever you do, don’t open the box.
Well, that’s rule number two actually. Rule number one is don’t take salvage jobs from people who’ve tried to sell you to an Antillian bug salesman.

Neara “Tink” Bell is used to a life of odd jobs and even odder crewmates, working as the engineer and all-around fixer on the cargo ship Lyra. But when the ship picks up two new crew members and a salvage job on a third-rate space station, things go sideways in a cosmic way.

Find out now in this rollercoaster ride of a sci-fi adventure!


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Book 2: A Lost Ship in a Dark Grave

Rule number 27: Don’t trust the weird Sisters.

Or maybe it’s don’t steal from gangsters. Either way…words to live by.

The Lyra is safe. And so is Alek Wa’s secret. His mission is over, and he can leave the ship. But he’s not sure he wants to. And when the Sisters of Elazir drop them into the Green Zone, Alek’s stomach sinks. The last time he was here, he fled with his life and barely got away.

When the gangsters start shooting, their only escape might be to find a lost ship in a dark grave. Can Alek outrun his past? Can Rebeka’s ex survive their reunion? Can the crew find the mystery ship and its treasure? Most importantly, can they get out with their lives?

Find out in this edge-of-your-seat sequel to A Dead Ship in the Deep Black!

Book 3: A Broken Fighter on Bloody Sands

Rule 68: Don’t accept a jewelled egg from a Rhombian.

Certainly not when you’re already trying to hock illicit goods … though are they really illicit if you found them on a long, lost treasure ship that you uncovered for a greedy gangster and calculating noble?

Having found the Celeste and escaped both death and imprisonment, the crew of the cargo ship Lyra just wants to get back to hauling bugs for unscrupulous harvesters so they can earn enough for food and fuel.

Unfortunately, the crew is missing one of its members..

Navigator Ishmael Damath is in the hands of gangster Ludovicus Visi after sacrificing himself for the safety of the others. Said gangster has given him the impossible task of translating an ancient book written in a long-dead language. If Ish doesn’t translate it, he’ll be thrown to the tigers … too bad he didn’t pay more attention in school.

The crew suspects Ish didn’t go with the gangster entirely willingly. They plan to rescue him … but that’s hard to do when they have no money and no idea where he is.

Captain Rebeka Mino is no closer to her plan to retire to a quiet planet where she can drink whiskey and read romance novels all day. Especially since her estranged daughter, Juniper, seems to be mixed up with the Celeste.

Alek finds himself facing a return to a planet he recently escaped from and had hoped never to see again … and he’s still in debt to those who helped him escape.

And to launch any sort of rescue, daring or otherwise, Tink is faced with the daunting choice: her home or her family.

Can they rescue Ish from the gangster’s clutches? Can they survive the sands of Thraxa? And, most importantly, can they deal with an angry Grim?

Find out now as the adventures of the Lyra and her crew continue!