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Space Glass, by author Kurt A. Russell, is an adventure story about four mercenaries who pursue a mad man across the galaxy.

Thing is, the Blackstar Mercenaries barely function as a team, whereas the Extragalactic Enthusiasts are as close as family.

It was first published to Amazon on June 12, 2021, as both an e-Book and a paperback.

This book provides examples of:

  • Affably Evil: Marvelous is quite the gentleman, and absolutely loving to his team.
  • A.I. Is a Crapshoot: Averted with the Marauder, who actually gives Ratroe a chance to survive during their second encounter, and cares deeply about his associates.
  • Alas, Poor Villain: Bagok, Reeva, and the Marauder all had miserable lives, and they, with Marvelous help, were only trying to escape it.
  • Because You Were Nice to Me: Bagok, Reeva, and the Marauder all love Marvelous because of this. Also, Ratroe to Amy, who's kindness to him he finds unusual.
  • Bittersweet Ending: By the end of the story, Amy, Bob, and all four of the Extragalactic Enthusiasts are dead, as well as a huge portion of the galaxy. The only happiness is that Ratroe gets to provide for his and Amy's families.
  • Blade Below the Shoulder: The Marauder's four arms end in blades.
  • Blatant Lies: Amy pulls this number twice, first with Ratroe after he pieces together that she has feelings for Bob, and then with Bob who absentmindedly asks if she likes Ratroe.
  • Book Ends: The story begins and ends at the Blackstar Mercenary headquarters.
  • Body Horror: Polodium Sickness covers your body with green zigzagged lines, all the while paralyzing, blinding, and potentially killing you.
  • Cannot Spit It Out: Amy refuses to tell Bob about her crush on him, although she claims this is because she doesn't want to break Bob and Nicora up.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Almost every character.
    • Bob's parents killed each other in front of him while he was still a child.
    • Amy's brother was badly injured in the war, ending her happy childhood.
    • Ratroe's family was plunged into poverty after their father abandoned them.
    • Bagok was considered a freak everywhere he went.
    • Reeva was thrown out by her family after slaughtering several people in self defense.
    • and finally, the Marauder was being used for target practice.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: Ratroe certainly has a dark demeanor, yet his goals are heroic.
  • Dead Sidekick: This happens to Marvelous as each of his closest companions die. He finally snaps and goes ballistic on the mercs after the Marauder dies.
  • The Determinator: Marvelous Dagon. Also, Ratroe after finding his reason to stop Marvelous.
  • Died in Your Arms Tonight: Amy dies in Ratroe's arms and Bob dies in Nicora's.
  • Don't Make Me Destroy You: Marvelous and the Marauder are both hesitant to fight the Blackstar Mercenaries, giving them almost every chance to withdraw.
  • Dwindling Party: The Blackstar Mercenaries lose Amy, and Marvelous loses Bagok, Reeva, and the Marauder in painful succession.
  • Eldritch Abomination: The World Eater.
  • Gentle Giant: Bob and Bagok both have shades of this, although Bagok more so.
  • Gentleman and a Scholar: Marvelous is very well kempt, and also brilliant.
  • Girl Next Door: Amy.
  • Got Volunteered: Nicora never actually gets the drive to pursue Marvelous, instead having to go along with the others because she's the pilot.
  • Groin Attack: Reeva gets Ratroe twice with this, first when he's pinning her down, then again when he has her in a chokehold. Nicora and the professor's daughter also try this on Marvelous Dagon, but they're stopped short.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Amy plays this straight, being the kindest character in the cast, and also having the brightest blond. Subverted with Nicora, who is quite a jerk. Also goes both ways with Marvelous, who adores his team, but also beats his enemies savagely.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Amy uses a Polodium Missle Launcher to save Bob, which kills her.
  • Hidden Heart of Gold: Ratroe shows it to Amy, who reminds him of his little siblings.
  • Humanoid Abomination: It's implied that this is what people see Bagok Grinch as.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Nicora is stabbed through by the Marauder twice, the first time paralyzing her and knocking her out of commission for awhile, and the second time nearly killing her.
  • It Can Think: Nicora is thrown off guard by the realization that the Marauder can speak.
  • I Will Punish Your Friend for Your Failure: Marvelous says this to Bob after giving him a No-Holds-Barred Beatdown on the Albatross.
  • The Juggernaut: Bagok Grinch shrugs off most of the mercs attacks, only being truly affected by Ratroe's sniper rounds.
  • Kick Them While They Are Down: A favorite move of Marvelous'.
  • Kindhearted Simpleton: Bagok to his friends.
  • Mark of Shame: Reeva's Mark of the Killer, which signifies that she's killed at least ten innocent people.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: The Marauder. Also, the World Eater.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: Bob's attempt to help the professor's daughter ends up getting her beaten worse.
  • Nigh-Invulnerability: Several examples.
    • After their full onslaught of weaponry, Bagok Grinch was only damaged by Ratroe's sniper rounds.
    • The Marauder can regenerate and is resistant to most attacks, only getting stumbled most of the time.
    • The only way to defeat the World Eater was to get it to eat itself, being completely resistant to all other attacks.
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: Another of Marvelous Dagon's favorite techniques.
    • Marvelous delivers one to the professor's daughter, then one to Bob immediately after.
    • Reeva gives one to Bob after he disables the Marauder.
    • Marvelous gives another to Bob during the Chapter 10 fight.
    • He dishes one out to Ratroe, Nicora, and Bob after unleashing the World Eater.
    • And another during the Albatross battle, to Bob.
    • Finally, Bob gives one to Marvelous during their final battle.
  • Oh, Crap!: Twice, first when the mercs find that a rock worm has eaten the Aggressor and second when they see the World Eater.
  • Only One Name: The Marauder, although one could argue his first name is "the".
  • Parental Abandonment: Ratroe's father left him, Bob's parents killed each other, and Bagok's parents were eaten.
  • The Power of Friendship: The Extragalactic Enthusiasts use this often, with each member getting stronger and ragier after each death. Amy also does her best fighting when her friends are in danger.
  • Promotion to Parent: Effectively, Ratroe, thanks to his father leaving.
  • Rage Breaking Point: Marvelous, after the Marauder dies.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: The Marauder has these, and is the second most powerful member of the Extragalactic Enthusiasts.
  • Robot Buddy: The Marauder to Bagok and Reeva.
  • Savage Wolves: The Razor Wolves of Poison.
  • The Shangri-La: Oracle Mountain.
  • This Is Unforgivable!: Ratroe's reaction to learning that Marvelous beat up a teenager.
  • Together in Death: Marvelous hopes surrendering the World Eater will let him join his adoptive children in Heaven.
  • Tragic Dream: Marvelous wants to take Bagok, Reeva, and the Marauder to a new galaxy, to get them away from the ruthless galaxy they currently live in, but extragalactic travel is nigh impossible.
  • True Companions: Amy likes to think the Blackstar Mercenaries are, though the Extragalactic Enthusiasts qualify more.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Marvelous does very cruel things and murders a great many people, but it's all to give Bagok, Reeva, and the Marauder better lives.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Marvelous beats up the professor's daughter, just to get him to talk.