This novel builds an Intriguing and frightening glimpse of a possible distant future for human-kind. Individual rights are non-existent if your talents or skills are needed in order to supposedly protect the greater whole. I picked this book up, and then literally simply could not force myself to put it down until I finished reading it.
This story is disturbing. A brilliant man, Lt Adrian Stannis, suffers unbelievable agony, because he refuses to subjugate himself to the whims and wants of a Military Elite whose stated glorified, humanistic purpose differs significantly from its heavy-fisted, uncompromising cruelty against those who dare to challenge its unchecked power.
The description of life aboard the space-faring vehicles seems so realistic, and the political maneuverings so complex, that I felt like I was there in the middle of the strife. Mind games and secret agendas are the norm in this story of humankind in a fight for their very existence against an outside foe with superior technology. At the same time forced to fight on a second front against a very determined, committed rebel force that refuses to cooperate and knuckle under to a hated and feared military leadership operating under a strict hierarchy, similar to Marshall Law.
The first in a planned series, this book lays the framework for what will surely be a mesmerizing space saga.
WARNING: Contains graphic scenes of torture and violence.
A Night Owl Reviews 4.5 Stars Top Pick Title.
A finalist in the 2011 Next Generation Indie Book Awards.
With security comes a price.
Humanity is in danger of annihilation as a centuries old war with the Andromedans heats up again. The Empire, an increasingly totalitarian society, is the only force that stands in the gap.
Thrust into this chaos of alien invasion, rebellion, and political intrigue, Lieutenant Adrian Stannis is caught between the ends and the means. No one knows why this brilliant scientist chooses to hide in the farthest reaches of the galaxy, doing research on an insignificant science vessel. His days of anonymity may soon be coming to an end, whether he wants it to or not.
Adrian's freedom, and his very survival, may depend on friends he's afraid of having. Kali, a psi-enabled humanoid who is the only person he gets along with, just barely, and Bryce, his personal assistant and one-time conman and thief, may be his only hope, if he doesn't push them away, not to mention a mystery surrounding him that may explode in their faces.
Everyone wants to know the truth, but will it set them free?