Final Exam begins a series of novelettes, written in the classic sci-fi style of Asimov and Heinlein. The protagonist, Shane O’Ryan, is an idealistic, rich kid, and a recent graduate of an elite college that trains special agents for the Society, a quasi-judicial galactic power. Shane and his secret fraternity investigate infractions of the colonization charter that protects vulnerable intelligent species and their planets.
Besides the Society Agent sci-fi series, Shaun J. McLaughlin has authored two history books and two historical novels, using both a traditional publisher and self-publishing. He maintains a publishing blog, Raiders and Rebels Press, and history blogs on the 1838 Patriot War and Bill Johnston, the Thousand Islands legend. A researcher, journalist and technical writer for over thirty years, with a master’s degree in journalism from Carleton University in Ottawa, he lives on a hobby farm in Eastern Ontario. Now a semiretired freelance writer, he focuses on fiction and nonfiction writing projects.