Mine Sting

Sting of the Mustard Mines
(Space Team #10)
by Barry J. Hutchison (2018)
Captured by an unfamiliar alien species, the crew is banished to a life of slavery in the Mustard Mines of Moktar, where they come face to face with the sinister Manacle – a terrying new enemy whose diabolical agenda is worse than any they have encountered before.

Cal Carver is yet again plunged into inescapable situations he escapes from. Faces terrifying enemies and  odds to come out on top.

This episode slows down in the middle and diverges into the slasher/horror genre. Fortunately things get better in the final act.

Not the best of the series, but still a good read.