By Jay Lake
The Xenic Bureau of the Grand Ekumenical protection Directorate investigates rumors of extraterrestrial beings, unusual disappearances and anomalous occasions within the star-spanning empire of this a long way destiny story. Bureau operative Father Jonah Menard is charged with locate the reality concerning the meant reappearance of the long-lost battleship Enver Hoxha. An alien-killer, Golliwog, is determined on Menard's path in case the rumors are actual, whereas cashiered starship engineer Micah Albrecht holds way more of the reality than even he realizes. This classically styled technology fiction event leads all 3 of them on a chase around the empire and into the harmful middle of previous army secrets and techniques much better left untouched. They stumble upon technological wonders, mysterious maybe-aliens, and a few reliable quaint political backstabbing alongside how you can a pyrotechnic ending.
Jay Lake is the writer of eco-friendly and Mainspring from Tor Books, in addition a a number of nominee for the Hugo and international myth Awards, and winner of the loo W. Campbell Memorial Award for top New author.
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