Argus Wade was born in the Ministry and knew from an early age that he was different. The threat of death, and worse, was constantly in his life because of his special gifts. He tried to protect his daughter from this fate, hiding her from the Ministry, but his worst fears are on the brink of coming to light as the Ministry closes in. If they discover that she is his child, or worse that he kept her from them, then both of their lives will be at risk.
Discovered in the far reaches of the galaxy, Traq Lane is a child whose very existence could change everything. A great many people would love to get their hands on him; some to use him, others to kill him.
The future of humanity rests in the hands of two small children whose birth rights promise both pain and suffering.
The novel ends on a cliffhanger with multiple conflicts and characters' fates unresolved, leaving the door open for a sequel.
In the shadow of a brutal, corrupt dictatorship, numerous characters coexist in a setting whose vastness works against it. Cole (Ripples Through Time) never gets his plot threads to cohere in what is intended—but not indicated—as the first book in a series. Instead of focusing on a few fully fleshed-out characters, the story employs archetypes in broken-up set pieces that lack depth. Darius Gray, an ex-bodyguard of the dictator, wants to overthrow the government, but he’s ruthless and kills at will. Angry young man Jayson Coley must fight for his life alongside joking, sexist Richard Dyson and trained fighter Tricia Jester; they battle Alexander Robinson, an elderly but skilled fighter, who tosses them out into the dangerous nearby woods. Government official Argus Wade tries to hide his daughter from his enemies while pawning off a superpowered child on soldier Vivian Drowel; she’s not ready to be a mother, but she’s the only one Wade can trust. The overall effect is off-putting, transforming a potentially grand epic into something that collapses under its own weight
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