This is book three of the author’s The Ark series. I originally thought this was a trilogy, given that there were three paperback books available with no mention of any follow up, however while there is some kind of closure on the particular storyline that is the basis of this particular book, it ends with a major cliffhanger that ensures at least one follow-up work. In other words, don’t start reading this series if you are expecting resolution of the main question hanging in the air since early in book one: Who destroyed Earth?
In The Ark, mankind has fled the Earth in a generation starship, after the Earth was destroyed by a black hole that was apparently guided by a hostile alien species. Trident’s Forge, book two in the series, finds the ship’s inhabitants having arrived and become established on Gaia. Surprisingly, there is an evolved alien species already in place on the planet. That book focuses on the interaction between the humans and the Atlantians. The hero of The Ark, Benson, is again the main protagonist in that story, when conflict erupts between the species.
This book takes place about 15 years after Trident’s Forge, with Benson remaining the key figure of the story. Tension has developed between the races on Gaia which ultimately erupts into riots and destruction as evidence of a superior race is discovered on Gaia’s moon.
While I enjoyed the first two books in the series, I was disappointed with this one, as many of the events were just plain silly. That, and the lack of an ultimate resolution make it unlikely that I will continue on with any future installments.