6599 A.D.: The war between the Earth Federation and the Herculean Empire had been over for more than three centuries. The planet in the Hercules Globular Cluster was a cinder; the few descendents of the surviving Herculeans lived on Myraa's World, half a galaxy away, in what seemed to be a religious commune. But on an unnamed planet, deep within the Hercules Cluster, two survivors, father and son, gather their resources and plan to enforce a reign of terror over the Federation worlds. But the woman Myraa has a different vision - one which excludes empires and warring armies. Subtly, she strives to shape events toward a different end.
Rising to one of the most unusual climaxes in recent fantastic literature, this novel of chase and vengeance depicts a colorful, poetic future which is struggling to overcome its past. Filled with striking twists and vivid ideas, this is space opera at its most modern.
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I had forgotten how bad this is
Just finished Glen Cook's The Dragon Never Sleeps (GREAT BOOK!), about to start Ann Leckie's Ancillary Mercy.
"Better than deserves."
Can't think of many I'd keep.
I generally try to avoid bad reviews, except in those cases where it's SO bad I wish someone had warned me off.
This is one of those times.
The book only really has one interesting plot-related idea, that the Terrans would really rather capture and rehabilitate the terrorist main character, rather than kill him. Of course, this horribly backfires through a series of increasingly weird and arbitrary deus ex machina moments.
There's some interesting tech ideas, which I remembered, any which continue to be somewhat nifty. The story, though, is a waste of time, and the cool stuff isn't enough to make it worth it.
- Christopher Weuve
Megalomaniac author's story about a megalomaniac
- Sumit G.