Tom Shepherd – Star Lawyers Series

Tom Shepherd launched his new Star Lawyers series, which readers describe as “Star Trek meets Law&Order”.

With the colorful characters and futuristic combat of Space Opera, the mysteries and courtroom battles of a legal thriller set in the thirty-second century, and the un-usual suspects—both alien and human—from cultures across the galaxy, Shepherd’s stories sizzle with action, romance, and humor.

And a shape-shifter cat, a pleasure house starship full of holographic whores reprogrammed as ship’s crew and legal assistants. A pair of brothers manages the crew and they set up a law practice along the Galactic Rim to escape the clutches of their father, the wealthiest and most powerful mogul in the Terran Commonwealth. Their fiery Latina mother hunts pirates as Admiral-in- Chief of the Family Fleet.

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StarDate (Star Lawyers Origins Book 1)

STARDATE (Star Lawyers Origins Book 1)
StarDate (Star Lawyers Origins Book 1) is available!

You’ll be surprised to discover when humans first encountered FTL and Jump Gates, and to meet the first “Star Lawyer” of them all — in the twenty-first century!

“Mark, I’m telling you. She’s an alien.”

Mark Bricchetti loves reading about dinosaurs and munching pizza. But his everyday life is about to explode into far-flung adventure. At lunch in the eighth grade commons, Mark’s best friend, Aaron, warns him about the new girl in school. “Mark, I’m telling you. She’s an alien.” Well, she did have red-golden hair and yellow eyes. When Keshikka whispers a phone number to him, Mark decides to risk alien abduction by taking her to a movie. It’s a day which begins with great possibilities. But Mark has no idea the date will take him to worlds he could not imagine, where the fate of Earth lands in his hands. Of course, it will involve aliens. And dinosaurs. Stardate is an action-adventure-science fiction whirlwind for readers who love a good tale, middle school to retirement complex.

Bad Moon Rising (Star Lawyers Origins Book 2)

Bad Moon Rising
Bad Moon Rising

Bad Moon Rising (Star Lawyers Origins Book 2) is available!

MURDER AT THE EDGE OF THE STARS!
21st century murder-mystery with light undertones of science-fiction.

Bad Moon Rising drops readers into the early life of a scientific giant. Before a mature Tanella Jennings would become a Nobel Laureate for her work on Faster Than Light travel, an adolescent Tanella Blake and friend, Sally Ann Palmer, are stranded on Barrier Island off the Georgia coast in the path of a massive hurricane.

When the killings begin and police arrest Tanella’s father for murder, the young prodigy decides to solve the crime before the storm passes and the real killer gets away.

Bad Moon Rising sparkles with close encounters. Cold blooded killers, drug smugglers, underwater escapes, and a storm surge that threatens to wash away everyone trapped on Barrier Island.

And if Tanella drowns in the storm, humanity will never know a gateway to the stars has closed with her passing.

Secrets of Rahjen (Star Lawyers Origins Book 3)

Secrets of Rahjen (Star Lawyers Origins Book 3)

Secrets of Rahjen (Star Lawyers Origins Book 3) coming in fall 2019!

Now we move to Book Three of the spin-off series, The Secrets of Rahjen, which requires a caveatto readers who enjoyed Stardate and Bad Moon Rising. Although Book Three brings the central characters in the trilogy together again, seven years have passed and they are no longer middle schoolers but full adults. The language content and sensual interactions must shift accordingly.

Mark and Keshikka are lovers; Tanella Blake is no long a child prodigy but has earned a Ph. D. in theoretical physics and married Dr. Perry Jennings; and airhead Sally Ann Palmer has become a highly sought computer programmer. If the trilogy were motion pictures instead of books, parts One and Two would likely be rated PG, Book Three Secrets of Rahjen would be rated R due to factors (language, adult situations, etc.) which classify movies today.

Just like people do, the kids of Stardate and Bad Moon Rising have grown up. The next level is spicy, frisky, sexy, and sometimes a little naughty, as the adventure, humor, and romance continues during the early days of humanity’s march to the stars.

Knife Fight at Olathe-5 (Star Lawyers Book 0)

Tom Shepherd - Knife Fight at Olathe-5 - Star Lawyers

Please download your FREE Copy of Knife Fight at Olathe-5 to discover the Star Lawyer’s universe.

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Jump Gate Omega (Star Lawyers Book 1)

Without Jump Gate Omega, the Terran Commonwealth may not survive.

In trouble far from Terra, facing trial in an alien court? Welcome aboard the starship Patrick Henry, refurbished pleasure ship converted into a flying law office building, with former holographic prostitutes re-purposed as crew and legal staff.

Tyler shook his head. “Specify, Dad. What do you want us to do?”
His father glared at him. “Go to the Rim, sue those amphibious bastards for everything they’ve got, and get Jump Gate Omega on track again!”

If the new Matthews Corporation Jump Gate fails to span 2.5 million light years to the Andromeda galaxy, the heavily invested star-faring civilization of the Milky Way will face economic ruin and brutal war.

The Star Lawyers must run a gauntlet to the Rim, dodging pirates, politicians, prelates, and predatory star nations intent on seizing the new Gate to Andromeda.

Rollicking sci-fi fun, packed with humor, romance and deep space adventure, punctuated with courtroom battles on alien worlds. Readers have dubbed the Star Lawyers series “Trek meets Law & Order.”

Without Jump Gate Omega, the Terran Commonwealth may not survive.

You can buy or borrow Jump Gate Omega (Star Lawyers Book 1) directly on Amazon.

Forbidden Sanctuary (Star Lawyers Book 2)

Forbidden Sanctuary (Star Lawyers Book 2)

What terrible secrets will Tyler Matthews and his Star Lawyers discover within the Forbidden Sanctuary on the mysterious, sacred planet Adao-2?

Can the legal team from Matthews Interstellar Industries learn the truth in time to save M-double-I’s century-long quest to open Jump Gate Omega, bridge the 2.5 million light years to the Andromeda galaxy, and prevent economic ruin and war in the Milky Way?

While Tyler, J.B., Rosalie and Lucy (her shapeshifter cat) battle pirates and religious fanatics, Suzie and her holographic A.I. colleagues—former ladies of the night, re-purposed as legal assistants and starship crew– face an even deadlier foe. This unknown enemy threatens to delete all the starship Patrick Henry’s programs and terminate their existence forever.

To make matters worse, Cousin Esteban languishes in prison on Suryadivan Prime, where the former Catholic monk faces a death sentence for crimes he did not commit.

The Star Lawyers adventure continues in Book 2, Forbidden Sanctuary.

What terrible secrets will Tyler Matthews and his Star Lawyers discover within the Forbidden Sanctuary on the mysterious, sacred planet Adao-2?

You can buy or borrow Forbidden Sanctuary (Star Lawyers Book 2) directly on Amazon.

The Blue King Murders (Star Lawyers Book 3)

The Blue King Murders (Star Lawyers Book 3)

Some places, it’s a crime to be human… 

Star Lawyers Book 3 – The Blue King Murders picks up right after Book 2 – Forbidden Sanctuary. Tyler Matthews divides the legal team in half to wage courtroom battles on worlds half a galaxy apart. The Star Lawyers must defend Mr. Blue, their Quirt-Thymean friend and fellow attorney, for the murder of his King. But defending a regicide carries a penalty of death—for his lawyer! Meanwhile, J.B., Rosalie, and Suzie fly to a Mek colonial world to defend their mischievous Uncle Charlie, who’s charged with seduction and sedition among the matriarchal Meklavites. With Tyler’s penchant for attracting enemies, he’s soon dodging killer robots, fending off insurrectionists, and evading professional assassins, while J.B.’s team fights to escape the clutches of binary black holes that were not supposed to be in their flight path. Add to the mix a pair of beautiful, seductive alien queens with pheromonic powers and a conspiracy at the highest level of Quirt-Thymean society to launch wars of conquest like the old days of the Empire. The Star Lawyers adventure continues.

Some places, it’s a crime to be human…

You can buy or borrow The Blue King Murders (Star Lawyers Book 3) directly on Amazon.

House of the Silent Moons (Star Lawyers Book 4)

House of the Silent Moons (Star Lawyers Book 4)

House of the Silent Moons (Star Lawyers Book 4) is available!

“Take your Star Lawyers, go to Pirate Space, and defend that rogue who betrayed your family,” Admiral Bianca Matthews told her son, Tyler.

Star Lawyers Corporation must defend a known criminal in Pirate Court to prevent ancient technologies from falling into the hands of expansionist star nations, which will lead to a new era of galactic war. Only pirate Captain Flavio Tavares, who faces terrible judgment by his peers, can lead Tyler Matthews to a derelict starbase abandoned by the collapsing Galactic Empire long ago. The HOUSE OF THE SILENT MOONS orbits a remote gas giant amid hundreds of planetoids and asteroids. Aboard this massive structure, where defenders expected to return victorious from an apocalyptic struggle with ruthless enemies, the doomed Imperial forces stockpiled powerful weapons and tech modules more advanced than anything available in Tyler’s 32nd century civilization. Star Lawyers must locate the starbase quickly, because the clock is ticking. Aggressive forces hostile to the Terran Commonwealth also seek the lost trove of technology. To spring the guilty pirate captain from trial by his own people, Tyler faces a court where the judge blasts convicted defendants on the spot in trials that last a few hours at most. And the court appointed prosecutor, Kaito, is the middle son of the Matthews Family’s greatest foe, Hideki Tsuchiya. You can expect action in deep space, fighting in the streets of the pirate city of Port Royal, and courtroom knock-down-drag out legal battles in the Pirate courtroom.

Who will claim the ancient, awesome arsenal awaiting aboard the HOUSE OF THE SILENT MOONS?

Stellar Light Conspiracy (Star Lawyers Book 5)

Stellar Light Conspiracy (Star Lawyers Book 5)

Stellar Light Conspiracy (Star Lawyers Book 5) is available!

Tyler Matthews and brother J.B. face their greatest challenge, battling murder charges against an innocent human in the bizarre, game-like legal system of the Ounta-Kadiis League. Meanwhile, the Terran Commonwealth is locked in mortal combat with the New Galactic Empire.
The outcome of Bertie Winther’s trial will determine which side gets access to vast new asteroid fields chock full of exotic ores. Assassins and spies lurk everywhere, and now sister Rosalie—the sweet-smiling, professional killer of the Family—has been apprehended for murder, too.

Soon Tyler, J.B., Suzie, and Mr. Blue are wrestling four capital cases while trying to prevent Hideki Tsuchiya’s New Galactic Empire from bribing the government and seizing the vitally needed mineral rights.

Throw in a beautiful alien High Priestess, a population where most of the women are clones with brains but no rights, and Stellar Light. The glow-in-the-dark metal that Ounta-Kadiis men must have to tempt the few fertile females to marry them.

Oh, and Tyler’s mom, Admiral Bianca Matthews, must exit the Universe to rescue the Quirt-Thymean Blue Fleet, pushed into a white space, anti-matter Cosmos by Sakura House combatants during a pitched battle for Adao-2.

With conspiracies worthy of talk radio and the usual Star Lawyers deep bench of quirky characters, Stellar Light Conspiracy takes the space opera/legal thriller adventure to new heights.

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About Tom Shepherd

Tom Shepherd flew medical evacuation helicopters in Vietnam, where he received two Distinguished Flying Crosses, the Air Medal, and the Purple Heart. He has worked as a Japanese linguist, public school teacher, and graduate school instructor. Shepherd is originally from Reading, Pennsylvania, but lived in Alaska, Germany, Indochina, and the Republic of Korea. He spent the balance of of his professional career working with churches in the Deep South, California, and the Midwest and serving as Professor of Religious Studies at Unity Institute near Kansas City, Missouri. Author of a wide array of
articles and nonfiction books, plus more than twenty plays and two novels for the middle grades, Dr. Shepherd “retired” in 2016 to write novels full time.

Star Lawyers is his new series, which readers have described as “Star Trek meets Law&Order.” Tom Shepherd lives with his wife, Carol-Jean, and their genial pit bull, Riley, in Tucson, Arizona.