Chief Engineer Daoff Asul believed that thanks to a sudden fall from grace and exile from the Space Defense Legion he could finally live the simple domestic life he'd always wanted, if only his politically ambitious wife would agree. But his misfortune has only begun: she and their five children are kidnapped, and he won't get them back unless he submits to the Sparnell Confederation.
Desperate for help and rejected at every turn, Daoff approaches the feared Mordena mercenaries, willing to give anything–everything–if they'll ensure his family's safe return. It's as easy as he expected, as he soon finds himself their captive and facing the full attention of the Mordena's recently deceased founder, the imposing Void Necromancer Shane Lawrence himself.
Will Daoff be able to navigate his interrogation long enough to win not only his freedom, but that of his family?
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Daoff let out an angry snarl, his words coming easier and faster now. "No evasive answers this time. You know who I am. You spent the last several days tearing me down and I have been nothing but cooperative. Now I need to know. Who is rescuing my family? Who are you?" He pulled his lips into a sneer. "I won't answer any more of your questions until you answer mine."
Shane sighed. "Fine." He paused. "I will let you ask one question, and I will answer it. Anything you want. No evasion, just the truth. All of it. Make it a good one."
Daoff thought only for a moment. "How did you die?"