I’ve just uploaded the draft page of The Syndicate: Volume 2, which means the whole series is now available as free downloads on my site. I haven’t finished updating the rest of the site to match yet, so you may need to use the links below for the moment to find the pages:
Volumes 1 and 2 are actually parts 1 and 2 of a single novel constructed as a fix-up. Volume 3 is a sequel which follows on immediately from the end of Volume 2. Each volume is around 40,000 words. Four Leaf Clover is a novelette set some time after the end of Volume 3.
Here’s the blurb for the paperback edition of volumes 1&2:
When making life hell for the poor twitching users isn’t any fun for the sysadmin, what’s a geek to do? Run away to space, of course.
Allard’s current job is a nightmare. He’ll do anything to find another–including joining the slightly nutty crew of the Mary Sue, who have an even more malevolent attitude to traditional management structures than he does.
The crew and joint owners of the spaceship Mary Sue were looking for an IT expert who shared their political ideals. That’s not Allard, but that doesn’t bother him as long as he’s left out of it. He’s just looking for a working environment where he likes the people and the job. He’ll be pleased if they like him in return, although he’s not betting on it.
He gets all that and more. New friends, a non-organic quasi-son.
And then there’s Vaughan. Tall, gorgeous, inconveniently sexy, given to expansive gestures and talking far too much–which Allard plans to tell him as soon as he can get a word in edgeways.
Or at least as soon as he can get Vaughan’s tongue out of his mouth.