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The Rush’s Edge

With the help of his commanding officer, a genetically engineered ex-soldier fights back against the government that created him and others like him to be expendable slaves… 

“The unlikely bonds linking the crew members and thoughtful exploration of the morality of genetic engineering are sure to draw readers into this well-crafted space opera.”
– Publishers Weekly

File Under: Science Fiction [ Toy Soldier | On the Brink | Against the Odds | Stars are Crossed ]

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Halvor Cullen was built to be a hero. But he’s never felt like one.

As a gene-spliced, tech-enhanced ‘VAT’ super soldier, Hal was made to fight hard and burn out young, then spend the short remainder of his life forever chasing an elusive adrenaline rush. Thankfully his best friend and former commander is determined to prevent that from happening by keeping Hal busy salvaging crashed spaceships along the Spiral’s Edge.

But when a new member joins their crew, and a mysterious sphere they bring aboard the ship unleashes an alien presence, Hal’s desires and malfunctions threaten to bring them all to the point of destruction…

Release Date



10th November 2020 | 9780857668677 | epub & mobi | £4.99/$6.99/$7.99

US Print

10th November 2020 | 9780857668646 | Trade Paperback | $12.99/$15.99

UK Print

10th November 2020 | 9780857668646 | Paperback | £9.99

Goodreads URL Read and Review

“Vivid characters, fine action sequences, and thoughtful exploration of prejudices are blended with authority in Smith’s debut.”
– Booklist

“Ginger Smith’s vat-grown protagonist joins the likes of Frodo and Ulysses in this story of a soldier whose war is over, but his greatest battle – coming home – is still ahead. Smith’s debut is rich in detail, full of tension, and packed with characters you won’t easily forget.”
– R.W.W. Greene, author of The Light Years

“Duplicitous military, assassins, super soldiers, alien tech, and a family of brilliant characters caught in the middle. The Rush’s Edge gives you all the Firefly feels with a dash of Mass Effect for the hell of it. Fantastically entertaining.”
– Dan Hanks, author of Captain Moxley and the Embers of the Empire

“What happens when you release vat-raised soldiers into the void after their service is over? With this premise, Smith sets up multiple conflicts, from political to personal. You will root for these heroes and cringe at the evil that brought them together.”
– Chris Panatier, author of The Phlebotomist

“Ginger Smith’s The Rush’s Edge is an exciting space adventure set in the margins of a galaxy on the verge of war. Bravery, loyalty, found family, and just trying to survive, all drive the hardships and victories of the intrepid crew of the Loshad as they fight battles and uncover truths that will bend the course of humanity’s spacefaring history. Woven alongside complex themes of personhood, mortality, and relationship dynamics, we’re treated to an array of space dogfights, cyborg assassins, and straight-up street brawls to keep the pages turning well past bedtime.”
– John P. Murphy, author of Red Noise

“A sci-fi saga with equal doses of action, thrills and heart. If Battlestar Galactica, The Expanse, and Firefly are your thing, this book is for you.”
– Amanda Bridgeman, author of The Subjugate

Ginger Smith has worked as a record store employee, freelance writer, bookstore assistant manager and high school teacher of English. In the past, she has played in many tabletop RPG groups and even run several of her own. She collects vintage toys, sci-fi novels and comic books, as well as mid-century furniture. She currently lives in the southern USA with her husband and two cats, spending her free time writing and watching classic film noir and sci-fi movies.

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