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Pathogen Protocol
Darren Beyer, author
Humanity’s greatest secret is uncovered. An insidious plot threatens its future. A corporate and government conspiracy led by CEO-turned-politician Gregory Andrews has succeeded in taking over Applied Interstellar Corporation (AIC), one of humanities largest companies, but they didn’t get everything. AIC’s leader, Jans Mikel escaped to a hidden base on the alien moon of Helios, where he harbors the company’s greatest secrets, the most profound of which is that humans are not alone in the galaxy. Now, as Andrews seeks to finish off AIC, one-time reporter Mandisa (Mandi) Nkosi sets off to help AIC Jans forge new alliances that could provide a path to salvation. On Eridani, AIC soldier Grae Raymus commands a fledgling resistance aimed at buying Mandi and Jans the time they need. Grae uncovers that Andrews is little more than a pawn in a game played by a greater evil, while Mandi discovers an even deeper, more insidious plot, and revelations about humanity’s origins that will shake the foundations of science. With humanity’s future hanging in the balance, Mandi and Grae fight to save the people they love, and along with them, all of mankind. About Pathogen Protocol is a heart-stopping science-fiction thriller, a story of survival and perseverance in the face of insurmountable odds. It is the second installment of Darren D. Beyer’s Anghazi series, which began with the award-winning novel, Casimir Bridge.
Like ripples in a pond, this frenetic space opera sequel to Casimir Bridge moves in bigger and bigger circles outward from the splashy events detailed in the opening volume. Jans Mikel and the other leaders of Applied Interstellar Corp., reeling from the invasion of their extrasolar headquarters, try to keep their source of the wormhole-generating hyperium hidden while security chief Grae Raymus organizes the resistance. Rival corporate power Tech Standard and its head operative, Erik Hallerson, force the issue by seizing the remaining known hyperium supplies, bringing the three Earth superpowers into their court. Mikel’s agent, Mandi Nkosi, makes a desperate attempt to contact a rogue AIC officer who’s now leading an Outer Sphere terrorist group. Beyer gives the reader little time to soak up atmosphere or to puzzle out the mysteries of his universe (such as the presence of telepathic alien AIs that boost human intelligence), but the fast pacing, occasional humor, and clear split between the good guys and bad guys push a lot of questions out of the way as the action pulls the reader forward. (BookLife)