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KLIATTWeber's trilogy about aliens on Earth?—?and elsewhere?—?has now been published in this single volume. Mutineers' Moon, the first "book," finds US Navy Lieutenant Colin MacIntyre on the moon. However, he discovers it is actually a huge alien spaceship that looks like a moon and has been there for centuries. Its computer, Dahak, accepts him and enhances him so that he can live for hundreds of years. When he returns to Earth, he also discovers that aliens have been in hiding there since the time they had to vacate the cybernetic moon. Reluctantly, Colin is pushed into becoming the Emperor of Humanity, and falls in love with one of the alien's daughters, Tanni. By the time of the second book, The Armageddon Intelligence, Colin and Tanni are the married parents of twins who will inherit the Earth, if they survive that long. The two alien factions become of public concern when their fighting harms Earth itself. By book three, Heirs of Empire, the fighting expands to other planets, and the now-teenaged twins are caught in the middle of it. The enhanced, talking dogs are a nice touch, but by book three the story largely consists of a series of battles and serious intrigue, and there's not enough character development or change to make this a psychological SF read. The writing and plot are straightforward, with good vs. evil mixed with some chaste romance. The first book seems the strongest and most nuanced; the rest seems to just play out the beginning assumptions. KLIATT Codes: JSA—Recommended for junior and senior high school students, advanced students, and adults. 2003, Baen, 774p., Ages 12 to adult.
—Dr. Lesley Farmer