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Cyberpunk and space opera collide in a thrilling new trilogy from the author of the acclaimed Aurora Rhapsody saga.

When man and machine are one and the same, there are many crimes but only one sin: psyche-wipe. The secrets it has buried could lead to a civilization's salvation, or to its doom.

The Asterion Dominion is at peace with its neighbors and itself. Its citizens enjoy great freedoms and all the luxuries their biosynthetic minds can imagine, design, and create. But beneath the idyllic veneer, something is going wrong. People are going wrong, driven to commit inexplicable crimes without motive or purpose. And once imprisoned for those crimes, they simply vanish. 

Psyche-wiped and dumped in an alley five years ago, awakened into a culture where ancestral memories stretch back for millennia, Nika Tescarav's past is a blank canvas. But if whoever erased her did so in the hope of silencing her, they should have tried harder. 

Someone must speak for the lost. 

Someone must uncover how and why they became lost. 

Someone must find the lost. 

Nika is that someone.

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Asterion Noir

700,000 years ago, the Asterions fled persecution for their pro-synthetic beliefs. In the safe harbor of a distant galaxy, they have evolved into a true biosynthetic race and built a thriving society upon the pillars of personal autonomy, mutual respect and boundless innovation. 

Now that society is fracturing at the seams. Beneath lies built upon lies, the shocking truth as to why threatens the future of not merely the Asterions, but all life in the universe. 

Enter a world of technological wonders, exotic alien life, enthralling characters, captivating worlds - and a terrifying evil lurking in the void that will shatter it all.

©2018 G. S. Jennsen (P)2018 G. S. Jennsen

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Jennsen does it again - only better!

The book starts in a true film noir fashion. A woman wakes up lying on the pavement, in a dark alley. It's raining, she doesn't remember anything, not even her name. From then on it's a rollercoaster ride through the Asterion Dominion where everything and nothing is as it seems. Jennsen does a brilliant job revealing layer after layer of the Asterion society, the amazing technology, the desires and fears of its inhabitants. The characters are realistic and complex and show a true depth of personality which is further reinforced by the fact that they evolve as the story progresses. The story itself is a conspiracy thriller and Jennsen juggles perspectives and timescale to build suspense and weave a story that is hard to put down.
Although the end is satisfying enough, it also generated questions that left me craving for the next instalment.

Having gotten to know G. S. Jennsen from her Aurora Rhapsody novels, I was a bit disappointed when I realised that Alex&co would not be taking us into new adventures this time. I needn't have worried. I actually finished the book in two weekdays which means that if I wasn't working or sleeping, I was listening!

I love Jenssen's female characters and Nika (the protagonist) is no exception. Where Alex dived right in acts of great bravery regardless of consequences, Nika is confident, level headed and impeccably prepared for the most risky and dangerous tasks. If it needs to be done, Nika will do it.

This is also reflected on Jennsen's writing. You can clearly see a more mature and confident writing style in this book compared with the Aurora Rhapsody series. Whether this is because of her growing skill as a writer or an ingenious way to immerse you into the protagonists world, I wouldn't want to guess. I suspect a bit of both.

I can't leave a review without acknowledging the immense talent that is Pyper Down. Once again, she does an amazing job of the characters with another brilliant performance. Can't wait for the next one!

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Tremendous!

GSJ's imagination never ceases to amaze me. The incredible stories she tells, the awe and wonder is amazing. The stories are truly addictive. You feel as though you are living the story along side the characters. Pyper Down's unforgettable narration makes it the perfect audible experience. Can't wait for EEM Book 2!!!