Lissa Carsen is dangerous. Born with an ability so rare she’s treated as a freak, or nothing but a weapon, by everyone except the team who work with her.
Those who command them think they know what she’s capable of. When they find out the truth, everything changes.
When her own side turns on her, who can she trust?
The eternal truth of any capitol city is that there are a lot of people not doing so well. These 'streets of gold' are tidal in places.
Body modifying went from labs to back streets a long time ago. Science was done with it. They'd moved on to creating sentient beings from other species.
Anywhere humanity shares home ground with animorphs, the descendants of those decades of genetic tinkering and enhancement science, there's always strong community. Within and about it, there's always brooding hatred.
Throw in something that offers a once in a lifetime chance of attaining dreams, vengeance, or escaping the low-end? People will fight for that.
Through it all stalk those sent seeking. Some are good. Many are bad. A few are stranger than any would guess. All have secrets. Tonight is a night where secrets cannot hold and may not even save. By dawn, every participant will get some kind of reward.
The Borsen use strange technology to strike down fleets and planets with terrifying ease. Their inexplicable reserve leads some to suspect that they have a purpose beyond conquest. But all are certain that for the first time in half a millennium, mankind is facing a dire threat.
Centuries of bureaucracy and an entrenched arrogance lead to grievous losses. Even when a miraculous new technology offers an upper hand, factionalism and jealousy arise to threaten those who use it.
Can a visionary commander unravel the mystery that drives the Borsen?
Can he prevail against the fear that spreads as losses mount?
Can he realise the potentials of those who serve under him in time?
A centuries-spanning tale of space warfare told from major and minor viewpoints: the victories and the tragedies, the decisions that make or break civilisations, the resilience of ordinary people striving to cope. Be there when heroes are made and villains fall. Understand the motives of an enemy that seeks to drive humanity to the brink.
Using over fifty pieces of carefully-crafted short fiction, this book will take you from the start of the incursion to its end, letting you witness the war while revealing its impacts and revelations from every angle.