In the far future, mankind lives safe and secure behind the Chronos Ring - an automatic defense system that encircles the area of space occupied by human beings. The Ring keeps out all of humanity's enemies - in particular, a vicious race of reptilians known as the Parsnaak.
On the outer fringe of human-occupied space is the planet Muse, an entire world dedicated and established as a colossal museum - a storehouse of antiquities and relics from the ancient histories of both men and aliens. There, Ian Lotus, a man with his own mysterious past, has chosen to live in deliberate obscurity, harboring secrets that could reshape mankind's destiny.
Now, the impossible has happened: the Chronos Ring has been breached - rendered inert - and Lotus finds himself no longer able to hide in the shadows as he becomes the object of a massive interplanetary manhunt. However, his problems go well beyond simply being the most wanted man in the galaxy. There's also the approaching Parsnaak invasion fleet to deal with, as well as an enigmatic, extra-dimensional being of immense power who, for reasons unknown, wants Lotus dead.
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A complex universe full of the possible
Absolutely ! Ian Lotus sure has his hands full in this book.After the Chronos ring is breached he cant hide in his life of obscurity anymore and is thrust in to a crazy whirl wind of sci fi gold.This whole crazy adventure starts because of the Parsnaak and the breach of the defense system that protects humanity for sure but I think the main story here is Ian Lotus and his secret past.He cant Hide in the shadows any longer and humanity needs a hero,so what if that hero is the most wanted men in the system haha. There is action,history,secrets and a view of future politics that is very well written and executed.It is full throttle from the start! I loves how we started the book off on the Parsnaak ship.Sometimes a series feels like it had the potential to be epic. This series feels just like that.It certainly puts a lens on humanity.There are insightful nuggets that I hope pleasantly surprise you as they did me.
I haven't but I would again in a heart beat. Mikael Naramore was superb . His enactment, tempo, and changing speech patterns for each individual Mikael is distinct and engaging. I do not believe the print version is any less compared to the audiobook but I will say Mikael Naramore adds a new dimension to the novel that cannot be appraised enough and would suggest to any reader to give the audio version a try.
Yes and I did.I stayed up til 4 am listening is was so enthralling.
I was voluntarily provided this review copy audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator. This review is my honest opinion.
"The shape of things to come."
A most enjoyable romp to save humanity set some time long into the future.
Surrounded by an engineering marvel, the Chronos Ring, which is an impregnable defensive barrier through which no enemy can pass, humanity has been able to expand and prosper for decades knowing that alien invasion is impossible. But then the impossible happens: four Parsnaak ships are somehow able to pass through the barrier unhindered. Without any other defenses, the whole of mankind is likely to be enslaved and destroyed when the main Parsnaak fleet arrives. There is only one hope: repair the Ring. And only one man who can do it, Chronos himself. But he hasn't been seen for over half a century - or has he? Even if he were to be found, what could be do with so little time remaining?
Amusing, action filled with a fair amount of feasting, the reader follows the adventures of tall, dark and handsome Iain Lotus as he is persued across space, accompanied by the attractive, and persistent, Monica Starsong. The narration is well suited to the text, with Mikael Naramore's brisk but warm reading echoing the nuances of the novel and voicing each protagonist clearly and differently from any other. He really gets into the character of Lotus.
No deep thinking needed for this story. It is simply an amusing romp with fights and thrills and fun. My thanks to the rights holder for gifting me a copy of this enjoyable book, via Audiobook Boom.
- Norma Miles