Eldritch abominations are invading our world. Only Michael Bishop and the Facility stand against them.
With none of his cadre at his side, Michael Bishop, Asset of the Facility, awakens in a labyrinth of forsaken darkness with faceless assassins in close pursuit. He has few memories and fewer weapons and is running for his life fighting against inhuman horrors from another world. It seems as if Asset 108 will soon be dead, all without remembering his true nature.
Then things grow difficult.
Soon Michael and his allies are lost in a dark, forbidden city in a world where the stars are bent and strange. He is without any of his reality-twisting technology or upgraded neuralware and is pursued by mad fanatics, worshipers of the tentacled aberrations that plot against the nations of man. Even this is not the greatest danger, however.
There are twisted plots between the abominations, schemes of which Michael and his cadre are simply pawns on a vast board. Soon they will take part in an attack that will change the very fate of this entire twisted realm, all in exchange for a whispered oath: a promise of a way home, back to the rational world.
But can the cadre trust the creatures they are bargaining with? Will the technology offered actually be capable of taking them home? And what of the mysterious lost Asset and his cryptic warnings?
In distant worlds beneath strange stars, promises are easily broken, especially ones made by inhuman foes.
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"Like molten ecstacy within my mind."
Michael Bishop is not ordinary: he is agent 108, one of very few people charged with protecting this world's reality. Fitted inside his head with a crown which interfaces not only with all of his body and to the lattice, but with reality itself, he also has instant communication with others like himself, a cadre with whom he works when reality is disturbed or broken.
But something is seriously wrong. Michael wakes, not knowing where or who he is. And it seems that he is almost alone - and being hunted.
Following on directly from Rationality Zero, Michael and friends are trapped in a reality of nightmarish proportions, visceral, hideous - and trying to get home.Be prepared for some scenes of loathsome appearances as the Verum prepare to invade reality as we know it.
An excellent performance by narrator, Joel Richards, whose voicings of the Cadre as well as the of other entities breathes extra life into the protagonists and the terrors encountered. My thanks to the rights holder for gifting me my copy of Primary Protocol, via Audiobook Boom.
An enjoyable, if sometimes disturbing, listen, well executed in glorious technicolour.
- Norma Miles