Ross becomes the first public customer of a very special multi-national,
multi-species business venture. The
company, known as Patrons, hopes
to help condition various timid alien species to be able to coexist with
the aggressive aliens in the universe.
signs a two-year contract with a human-like female H’kaah, named S’leen,
a rabbit-based being who is to become his companion. Like all of her people, she is
inexplicably attractive and a sheer delight to be around. With the H’kaah,
however, there is one additional factor: They’re sexy. Ross knows this and desperately
tries to keep things on a strictly friendly basis, but he finds himself
falling hopelessly in love with the charming creature who has come to
share his life while learning to survive in a universe seemingly
determined to have her for dinner.
follows is a roller coaster ride for both Ross and his alien companion, as
he teaches her how to stand up against aggression from both her own kind
as well as the universe’s most lethal killers. Ross, on the other hand, knows he
must ultimately come to terms with his own nightmare past, a past that
actively wants him dead.
Ross, you see, is a genuine monster, and as leopards have a tough time
changing their spots, monsters, too, find seeking redemption a daunting
though, redemption seeks them.
Factors is an alien first-contact
tale combined with an unusual love story.
It shows that no matter who you are and what you’ve done, your
fate isn’t carved in stone until you die. Even then, if you know the right
people, there may yet be hope for your soul.
Along with the striking, original
color cover artwork by renowned Israeli science-fiction artist Eugene
Arenhaus, the novel also includes five of Mr. Arenhaus' dynamic
full-page B&W illustrations.
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