Reluctant privateer Robert Fenaday searches the stars for his lost love, Lisa, a naval intelligence officer whose ship disappeared near the end of the Conchirri War. He's joined by the genetically engineered assassin, Shasti Rainhell, whose cold perfection masks her dark past. Both are blackmailed by government spymaster, Mandela, into a suicidal mission to the doomed planet Enshar. Leading a team of scientists and soldiers, they must unravel the mystery of that planet's death before an ancient force reaches out to claim their lives.
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Is not each person a unique universe?
In the last days of the Cinchirri war, something happened on the home planet of one of the United allies and all intelligent life was destroyed along with the cities and outbreaks of fire everywhere. The cause was unknown. Five years later, the planets a forbidden area still, an earlier expedition to monitor and look for causes having been destroyed by invisible forces even before reaching the planetary surface. But now the handful of Inshari survivors, living as refuges, want to go home. And it has been agreed that one of their number be allowed to return to the planet to determine the cause of the dsaster, if possible.
Considered a suicide mission, a ship's crew is secretly recruited under the command of a space pirate blackmailed into the task. With the unknown ahead, the ship faces anger, fear and possible betrayal. But the money is good - very good.
This is a well written, clever classic science fiction story with strong characterisation, plot and action. It is also very atmospheric, reminiscent of, though different from, Forbidden Planet. The narration by David Loving enhances the text and there is never a dull moment even when the action quietens. A book to recommend to any science fiction fan
I received my complimentary copy of Was Once a Hero, from the rights holder, free of any obligations, via Audiobook Boom. Thank you. I enjoyed it immensely and will look out for other books in the same series.
- Norma Miles