Book V of Mission Earth. The Countess Krak  has arrived on Earth and the planet, not to mention Atlantic City, will never be the same again. She is the most deadly, beautiful and most feared woman in the 110-planet Voltarian Empire. Her only equal is her lover, Royal combat engineer Jettero Heller, whose mission is to keep the Earth from destroying itself long enough to be invaded by the Empire.  Their mortal enemy is Soltan Gris, the Apparatus killer send to sabotage Heller’s mission.  The presence of Heller, Gris and the Countess is enough to threaten the future of any planet, but the sudden arrival from  Voltar  over of $250 million in gold may be the death blow for Earth. Cover art by Gerry Grace.