New Science Fiction Adventure Series! National Bestseller in trade
paperback. An agent for a spy organization uncovers an alien alliance
in nearby interstellar space — an alliance that will soon involve humanity
in politics and war on a galactic scale.
2105, September: Intelligence Analyst Caine Riordan uncovers a
conspiracy on Earth’s Moon — a history-changing clandestine project — and
ends up involuntarily cryocelled for his troubles. Twelve years later,
Riordan awakens to a changed world. Humanity has achieved
faster-than-light travel and is pioneering nearby star systems. And
now, Riordan is compelled to become an inadvertent agent of conspiracy
himself. Riordan’s mission: travel to a newly settled world and
investigate whether a primitive local species was once sentient — enough
so to have built a lost civilization.
However, arriving on site in the Delta Pavonis system, Caine discovers that the job he’s been given is anything but secret or safe. With assassins and saboteurs dogging his every step, it's clear that someone doesn't want his mission to succeed. In the end, it takes the broad-based insights of an intelligence analyst and a matching instinct for intrigue to ferret out the truth: that humanity is neither alone in the cosmos nor safe. Earth is revealed to be the lynchpin planet in an impending struggle for interstellar dominance, a struggle into which it is being irresistibly dragged. Discovering new dangers at every turn, Riordan must now convince the powers-that-be that the only way for humanity to survive as a free species is to face the perils directly — and to fight fire with fire.
Charles E. Gannon is a breakthrough rising star in science fiction with a multiple short story and novella publications in Baen anthologies, Man-Kzin Wars XIII, Analog, and elsewhere. Gannon is coauthor with Steve White of Extremis, the latest entry in the legendary Starfire series created by David Weber. His most recent novel is 1635: The Papal Stakes cowritten with alternate history master, Eric Flint. A multiple Fulbright scholar, Gannon is Distinguished Professor of American Literature at St. Bonaventure University.