Originally established to help the Committee gain a foothold in the uncharted quadrant, the Eilithian colony Isabella and her team founded ceased transmissions - leading COS to classify it as defunct. But the shadowy O'Rourke discovers the colonists have doctored their data files. This, he calculates, will be of very special interest to mega-corporation Nova, which has formally announced the development of a technology predicted to revolutionize space travel, opening up trade and exploitation of other world resources.
Over the decades, society in the lost colony of Eilithia has evolved, largely ignorant of its origins. In a country village a young girl, Kaylee, experiences frightening prophetic visions. The Mah-reef, head Preistess of all temples summons her to the capitol city Bastira. There, Kaylee finds herself at the center of a dangerous power struggle as the Mah-reef focuses on her as a key player in her plans for regaining stability. The young, naive Kaylee fights to find herself and to deal with her attraction to a young Temple worker, whose loyalties she questions. As her own role becomes more complicated, their relationship intensifies, leading to a deadly showdown.
Meanwhile, with a COS team, O'Rourke heads for Eilithia aboard the Nova ship Westerly. Once in orbit, after getting no response to hails, a landing party sets out for the planet. Despite non-interference directives, the COS crew quickly find themselves embroiled in Eilithia's political and religious upheavals. The captain and crew of the Westerly, all fervently working to further their own personal goals, become caught up in Eilithia's strange destiny. Sides must be chosen, as they all feel a force beyond their understanding pushing them towards the future.
©2008 Double Dragon Publishing; (P)2008 Action Audio
The reader does a good job with an erratic story that sounds more like an abridged version than not. I had to go back and re-listen to the story in case I had missed something, but there are just gaps in the storyline. I listened to it all the way through because I spent the money on it. Not recommended.
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