Genre: science fiction
Length: 310 pages
Setting: various places within the Confederacy of Worlds, far future
Summary: Short version: Alex unravels a historical mystery
Long version: Alex’s uncle, Gabe, who raised him, is lost in a start cruiser accident. Gabe bequeaths his estate to Alex. Before Alex can claim it, Gabe’s house is broken into and a special file is stolen. Gabe was an amateur archeologist and working on a big, secret project that he wanted Alex to finish for him. Unfortunately, all the details were on the stolen file. Alex goes about recreating Gabe’s research to figure out what Gabe was going to the Veiled Lady (a giant star cluster) for. Alex digs into historical records of the Resistance (when humans were fighting aliens). He’s finally able to piece together information and finds a key ship from the time of the Resistance. Even more importantly, it has an entirely new (and better) interstellar drive.
Final thoughts: A perfectly serviceable story. It was basically a mystery to determine what Uncle Gabe was after placed on top of a science fiction setting. Even the sci-fi elements couldn’t shift my typical response to a mystery. I was able to guess the significance of the finding the ship from some clues sprinkled throughout the book, which ruined the big reveal at the end. I also found the telepathic aliens an odd addition. Yes, they provided the war behind the Resistance, but they didn’t add much to the current time. There was an exciting end, but the space battle could just have easily have been between rival humans as the aliens. Perhaps the author is setting up some conflict for later since there are six more books in the series. I won’t be bothering to find any others though. I did find it interesting that our main character was essentially an archeologist. That’s not your typical profession for a science fiction story.
Title comes from: I’m not sure. Perhaps it refers to Alex and how he nearly precipitated another war with the aliens.
Reading challenges fulfilled: book #49 for 2018
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