From the national bestselling author of 'The Terrans' comes the explosive next novel in the First Salik War series. The V'Dan always believed they were the chosen race of an Immortal Goddess, destined to make their mark on the galaxy. For the last few centuries, they had interacted peacefully with the other sentient species - save for the cold, amphibious, and vicious Salik. Now the Salik war against the V'Dan has been engaged. And it's up to Prince Li'eth and the beautiful and mysterious ambassador from the motherworld to utilize a strange new technology - their last and only hope to save their people from extinction.
The V'Dan always believed they were the chosen race of an Immortal Goddess, destined to make their mark on the galaxy. For the last few centuries, they had interacted peacefully with the other sentient species - save for the cold, amphibious, and vicious Salik. Now the Salik war against the V'Dan has been engaged. And it's up to Prince Li'eth and the beautiful and mysterious ambassador from the motherworld to utilize a strange new technology - their last and only hope to save their people from extinction.
Jean Johnson is the national bestselling author of the Theirs Not to Reason Why series which includes Damnation, Hardship, and Hellfire, and the Guardians of Destiny novels, including The Guild, The Grove, and The Tower. She believes the best part about being a writer is the joy of entertaining others. The second best part is inspiring them to do greater things than they would normally imagine, and to honor those who have tried. This is one of those stories, and she hopes you both enjoy it and are inspired by it.
Praise for Jean Johnson's Theirs Not to Reason Why series
"Reminiscent of both Starship Troopers and Dune."--Publishers Weekly "Both highly entertaining and extremely involving in equal measure."--The Founding Fields
"An engrossing military SF series."--SF Signal
"Full of suspense, danger, and intrigue...Fans of military science fiction will definitely want to check out this surprising and exciting novel."--SciFiChick.com
Praise for Jean Johnson's Theirs Not to Reason Why series
The V'Dan always believed they were the chosen race, destined to make a mark on the galaxy. For the last few centuries, they interacted peacefully with other sentient species-save for the Salik. Cold, amphibious, and vicious, the Salik were set on one goal- to conquer every race within their grasp.
AUTHOR''S NOTE -- Jacaranda MacKenzie, ex-Special Forces psychic and polyglot translator, had been requested by former Premiere Rosa McCrary to resign from being the Councilor for Oceania Province, representing hundreds of islands and their multitudes of cultures on Earth. Once she did, however, she found her military commission being reactivated and herself given orders to report to the Tower on Kaho''olawe Island, at the heart of the Space Force. -- One more thing: For those of you familiar with my previous series Theirs Not to Reason Why, you may already know this, but for those who do not, I would like to explain something that has been overlooked by certain readers, which in turn has caused some of them unintended discomfort. Enjoy, Jean Praise for Jean Johnson Titles by Jean Johnson Title Page Copyright Author''s Note CHAPTER 1 CHAPTER 2 CHAPTER 3 CHAPTER 4 CHAPTER 5 CHAPTER 6 CHAPTER 7 CHAPTER 8 CHAPTER 9 CHAPTER 10 CHAPTER 11 CHAPTER 12 CHAPTER 13 CHAPTER 14 CHAPTER 15 CHAPTER 16 CHAPTER 17 CHAPTER 18 Special Excerpt from The Blockade CHAPTER 1 APRIL 24, 2287 TERRAN COMMON ERA (C.E.) DEMBER 17, 9507 V''DAN STANDARD (V.D.S.) TUPSF EMBASSY 1 , V''DAN SYSTEM Getting changed in zero gravity was not easy. Clothing did not "fall naturally into place" but had to be tugged this way and that. Hemlines remained rumpled unless pulled straight and tucked into waistbands and so forth. And a skirt? Forget it. Forget all skirt-like objects in the weightlessness of insystem space. Jacaranda MacKenzie might wish to dress in a formal outfit to properly represent the people of the Terran United Planets, and she had brought skirts for wearing when they were in a gravitied environment, but she was not doing so in zero G. That meant donning her military uniform. No longer a mere Major, equal in rank to their pilot, Commander Robert Graves, she had been promoted to the rank of Colonel. It was an awkward promotion, but the new, revised regulations on how an embassy should be conducted included the fact that all military operations within that embassy''s jurisdiction had to have civilian oversight. Just as the highest-ranked officers of the Space Force reported to the Secondaire and the Premiere of the Terran United Planets, all of the military personnel headed to V''Dan space had to report to the Ambassador. Which meant she had to outrank all of the personnel who were already assigned, and who possibly could be assigned, to her jurisdiction. By preference, she would defer as quickly as possible to Secondaire Pong and Premiere Callan . . . but should circumstances isolate the embassy, they had to have a clear-cut leader. Jackie didn''t feel like she was qualified, but Rosa McCrary had confided to her in private that she, too, had never felt like she was qualified to lead the military during her tenure as Premiere. Jackie, at least, had military experience. Still, Jackie only had to don her shirt with its silver eagles on the collar points and shoulder boards. She wasn''t the Commander-in-Chief, and she never would be at the rate things were going, and that was just fine by her. They did have an illusion of microgravity on board the Embassy 1 , but only because the ship was gradually slowing down in its approach to the planet V''Dan. That meant anyone or anything unsecured had a habit of "drifting" forward into bulkheads and doors. Jackie was somewhat used to zero-gravity maneuvers and could sort of brace herself telekinetically, but that did nothing for hemlines. Or fellow travelers. "Ah, sorry!" Ayinda muttered for the third time as she swayed and bumped into Jackie''s back. "Sorry, Jackie . . . At least we won''t have to deal with this for much longer. Right?" "They did promise us quarantine facilities with full artificial gravity," Jackie replied, adjusting her pant cuffs. Today''s outfit was a white shirt, black slacks with gray and blue stripes down the outer sides, black socks, and black shoes. Lace-ups, which meant having to fuss with the ties. "S
Spin-off prequel series from the popular Theirs Not to Reason Why novels (Ace). Second novel in the series following The Terrans (Ace, 2015). Author of the Guardians Of Destiny Novels, including The Guild (Berkley, 2014) and The Grove (Berkley, 2014). Other novels by Jean Johnson are also available from Turnaround.
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