The Thirteenth Ship


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Genre: Sci-fi/fantasy

Length: 2497 words

Type: short story (available in English and Afrikaans).

Publishing History:

“The Thirteenth Ship” by Christina Engela appears:

  • in “Inanna Rising” an anthology by various authors, published February 12, 2015.
  • in “Space Sucks!” a collection of short stories by Christina Engela, published May 25, 2016.
  • as a standalone ebook title (English), published November 3, 2016 (ISBN 978-1-365-50526-3).
  • as a standalone ebook title (Afrikaans), published December 22, 2016 (ISBN 978-1-365-62805-4).

Back Cover:

“They called her  ‘the Hell Queen’.

Cold. Cruel. Savage. She was the epitome of the deep space Corsair – and far more. The rumors said ‘blood drinker’… ‘vampire.’ For Hank MacMillan the perils of deep space travel were a familiar occupational hazard…

When she  took your ship, it stayed taken.”

“Quite simply, Christina Engela is one of the best voices in sci-fi right now and to not read her work would be to miss a treat!” – Mark Woods, author of Time of Tides and Fear of the Dark.

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I Did Enjoy The New Take On Pirates

“I have to admit that the cover, the title, and the description of this volume threw me off when I read the book.  I thought this would be more oriented toward ancient themes, such as warrior women from the past such as the Celts, Scandinavian shield maidens, Spartans, and such.  So I was a bit thrown off when I read stories taken in modern and even futuristic themes.  It’s my fault though, for the guidelines were about strong women rising up from their own personal hells and that could be in any time frame.

Saying that, I still enjoyed the book.  Seeing Red by Michael Kanuckel andA Raven’s Blessing by Sam Reese and Melissa McDannell, however, were my favorites for both themes fit my taste the best.  I definitely want a sequel to Seeing Red, that is an awesome tale.

I did enjoy the new take on Bathory in Forged in Blood and Steel by Susan Simone, the Lovecraftian theme in The Sleeper Beneath by Alex Shalenko, the new take on pirates in the Thirteenth Ship by Christina Engela, and the Vodun zombies in Dead Woman’s Hand by Aghori Shaivite.” – Fiend Book Review Mar 6, 2015

Reader Comments:

Love this Author’s Books

“Even though this book was short it still provides the reader with an awesome story. I really enjoyed reading this!” Amazon Customer, July 13, 2017.

Great Things Ahead For You!

“Wow I love it! You use  of the language (Afrikaans version) is very proficient and I love the style of writing! Great  things ahead for you! Thank you for allowing me to read for you!” – Cheryl-Ann Desai Fisasi Dec 20,2016.

It Was Just Too Short

“I loved it. It was just too short. I would love to know more about the years between when they met and that moment he wakes up. It was witty and quirky. You are really talented :)” – Wendy Keran Gloss Feb 25, 2016.

I Enjoyed This Story

“Too short. Good story though. I enjoyed this story. I wasn’t expecting vampires. I want to read more of her works. I will be looking for more works like this.” – Carl Gordon Allison on ‘The Thirteenth Ship‘ on Amazon and rated it “It was amazing” on Goodreads. Jan 15, 2017

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