The fight for the future begins. It's been a century of peace since Earth became a colony of an alien race with far reaches into the galaxy. Some die-hard extremists still oppose their rule on Earth, but Donovan Reyes isn't one of them. His dad holds the prestigious position of Prime Liaison, and Donovan's high social standing along with his exocel (a remarkable alien technology fused to his body) guarantee him a bright future in the security forces. That is until a routine patrol goes awry and Donovan's abducted by the human revolutionary group Sapience, determined to end alien control.
When Sapience realizes whose son Donovan is, they think they've found the ultimate bargaining chip. But the Prime Liaison doesn't negotiate with terrorists, not even for his own son. Left in the hands of terrorists who have more uses for him dead than alive, the fate of Earth rests on Donovan's survival. Because if Sapience kills him, it could spark another intergalactic war. And Earth didn't win the last one....
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I really enjoyed this. Didn't know what to expect when I started, and I like that the story didn't take turns that I could predict. There were times I thought maybe certain things would happen, but the story kept surprising me. I couldn't even tell if it was a standalone or likely to be the first in a series until nearly the very end. I really liked that the author made the people (and aliens) on both sides of this conflict seem like good guys in their own ways. Or at least, even though the terrorists were actual terrorists, their reasons for their actions were understandable, and I could see how from a certain point of view, they were the good guys. I'm definitely interested to read more if there are sequels. (MacLeod Andrews does a fantastic job narrating, as always.)
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