Deep under The Mountain on Snakeholme, vast computer networks are running simulations, but they're flawed and General Burgton's self imposed mission to safeguard the Alliance is in jeopardy. Without reliable intelligence, he cannot protect the Alliance from itself, let alone the Merkiaari.
The missions he authorises are blacker than black, so secret that only he and the agents performing them know of their existence, but every operation relies upon his seemingly miraculous fore-knowledge of events and he is starting to make mistakes.
Needing a solution, Burgton breaks the Alliance's A.I ban and spends trillions of credits on project Oracle, but when the project fails, and desperation sends him looking for an answer, he compounds his crime. If he can't build an A.I, he'll just have to steal one!
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The story keeps getting better and better
What an engrossing story! This continuation of the Merkiaari Wars further develops the characters and the settings. New entities and challangpes are introduced promising many more directions for the plot to follow. Although there are powerful characters none are without weaknesses and vulnerabilities; there are no "Mary Janes" in this series!Mark Cooper is a masterful writer and owns this genre. He and Mickael Naramour make a fantastic team!
Mikael Naramour is not simply a narrator, he is an audio actor of prodigious skill. He really brings the story alive. I have been using this series as a distraction during my daily grueling 2hr walks. His performance makes the tine go by way to quickly. How he keeps the voices and the personalities so consistent is beyond me.
I'd like to see this evolve into an episodic series after the Merkiaari get their faces thoroughly rubbed in their own scat! Spin offs would be great too.
- Jim K