“An engrossing and timely entry in a promising series. … In a genre full of brooding teen protagonists, Meriel is a refreshingly adult heroine, and John, a doting father to his daughters and supportive partner, stands out for his unconventional masculinity. … The fictional universe that Strong has created for this series feels impressively real; … from its seedy bars to its spirituality to its fictional historical figures. Many of these futuristic elements are fun, but Strong also effectively tackles serious topics, such as media bias and bodily autonomy.” — Kirkus Reviews
In 2188, Meriel Hope blew up the conspiracy to conquer the far-star colony of Haven and toppled a corrupt galactic regime—all to save her family.
Now they want to kill her. Again.
After surviving her parents’ murder and a decade long crusade to silence her, Meriel built a quiet life with John and stepdaughters.
So what could go wrong? Everything.
Riots erupt in Haven’s overcrowded refugee camps, and coyotes dump immigrants in the desert. Criminals who prey on the innocent claim her home world—and its citizens—as their own. And they’re not afraid to destroy a space station or a colony to get it.
But when Meriel gets in their way, they come for her family and friends, and the time for hiding is over.
Centuries of tyranny loom as Meriel, John, and her crew fight their way across the galaxy. But to protect the ones she loves, Meriel must face the horrors she’s been hiding from, and the monster who created them.
About the Author
Ray Strong grew up on Chicago’s South Side with all its ethnic charm and terror. In college there, he learned how to build spaceships and has since spent his career in high-tech industries.
Ray learned to read using the Little Orphan Annie comic books (yes, really). He first tasted the science fiction of Andre Norton and Robert Heinlein at the 79th Street Public library. As an adult, he bought back issues of Heavy Metal just for “Starstruck” and still hopes for the next episode in the Chanur saga.
Chasing tech and better weather, Ray now lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with his wife, three kids, and three dogs. A geek by nature, he’s saving up for a trip to outer space.
His novels have won awards from Writer’s Digest, the Global eBook Award, and the Reader’s Favorite International Book Award.