Thrown into the hot spots of the ongoing S/I War, William Boone is too busy staying alive to pay attention to news of the arrival of aliens on Earth.
But when the war is over and he returns to civilian life as a husband and police detective, he finds that the world he has returned to is anything but normal. The Taelons are real, and they've undertaken massive projects to help humanity, from curing disease to eliminating hunger to irrigating the deserts of Egypt.
The nature of crime has changed too, as Boone discovers when he finds himself on the trail of a shadowy figure named "Augur" and investigating the Taelons for a bizarre series of crimes reminiscent of old alien abduction stories. And when the two cases suddenly intersect, William Boone will discover a dark secret in his past that might spell disaster for Earth's bright future.
James D. Macdonald (born 1954) is an American author and critic who lives in New Hampshire with his wife and frequent collaborator, Dr. Debra Doyle. He works in several genres, concentrating on fantasy, but also writing science fiction, and mystery and media tie-ins.
Photo: Debra Doyle and Jim MacDonald, fantasy and science fiction authors, at Readercon 2007. Photo source: Wikimedia Commons.