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An accomplished writer who cut his teeth on novels within the worlds of Dune, Star Wars, and X-Files -- most notably, the bestselling Dune prequels with Frank Herbert's son, Brian, such as Dune: House Corrino -- Kevin J. Anderson has now emerged with his own unique vision, creating an audacious, involving, masterful saga that never lets up on suspense or ingenuity.
In the 25th century, humanity is just beginning to blossom in space exploration, thanks mostly to the aid of the alien Ildirans. The only other known galactic race is the long-gone Klikiss, who've deserted a world of robots and other bizarre technology on the moon Hyrilka. However, when archaeologist husband-and-wife team Louis and Margaret Colicos activate one particular Klikiss device, they discover that they have awakened a hidden empire. The Hydrogues declare war on Earth.
An absorbing, thought-provoking novel, Hidden Empire takes questions of our existence in the universe and blends them with hard science fiction, interstellar fantasy, and action-packed space opera. There's a wealth of speculation and well-wrought characterization presented in exciting, star-spanning adventure, as well as intrigue. This is the kind of diverting, fun SF rarely found on bookstore shelves today -- rousing, full of thrills, and pure refreshing entertainment that will keep you reading all night long. Tom Piccirilli