827 pages

English language

Published Sept. 5, 2006 by Del Rey / Ballantine Books.

ISBN:
978-0-345-46166-7
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OCLC Number:
434513468

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The previous novel, Pandora's Star, introduced the Intersolar Commonwealth, a star-spanning civilization of the twenty-fourth century. Robust, peaceful, and confident, the Commonwealth dispatched a ship to investigate the mystery of a disappearing star, only to inadvertently unleash a predatory alien species that turned on its liberators, striking hard, fast, and utterly without mercy. The Prime are the Commonwealth's worst nightmare. Coexistence is impossible with the technologically advanced aliens, who are genetically hardwired to exterminate all other forms of life. Twenty-three planets have already fallen to the invaders, with casualties in the hundreds of millions. And no one knows when or where the genocidal Prime will strike next. Against this backdrop, Captain Wilson Kime confides to Paula Myo, chief investigator at the Intersolar Serious Crimes Directorate, his belief that humans are being manipulated. For more than a hundred years, a shadowy cult, the Guardians of Selfhood, has warned that an alien …

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Subjects

  • Space warfare
  • Extraterrestrial beings
  • Interstellar travel
  • Asymmetric warfare
  • Fiction
  • Science fiction
  • Human-alien encounters
  • Life on other planets
  • Corporations
  • Space colonies
  • Sabotage
  • Arms race