Two hundred years ago, Colonel Nicholas Walker and his crew set out aboard their ship, the Einstein, on the first ever interstellar journey. They were never heard from again. Now, a relic from the past, the Einstein's black box, has found its way back to Earth. The logs of Colonel Walker tell the harrowing tale of the Einstein's one landing place. Besieged by an advanced race of aliens, the crew of the Einstein was massacred. With so much information at hand, the Admiralty is yet left with more questions than ever before.
Captain Ted Beckett is the black sheep of the United Earth Space Force. Tarnished by events early in his career, he has been consigned to command a crew of rookies and wash outs aboard his ship, the U.E.S. Valor. His missions, like his crew, are dirty and difficult. When he is assigned to investigate the fate of the Einstein, he knows right away that it's a bad fit. He doesn't trust his superiors and they don't trust him. This mission suits him and his crew about as much as he suits the type of space force the Admiralty is trying to build. But key members of his crew have suddenly been replaced, and even the ones he's known for years seem like strangers.
Still, orders are orders, and even Beckett must follow them. Surrounded by conspiracy and doubt, he must navigate his way through a mission where the dangers come not from without, but from within.
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About the Author
A child of the movies, I was always consumed by fantastic stories told by others and translated into adventures to be retold by me through the action figure medium. As I grew older, I put the action figures away and moved into the realm of role playing. Though I never outgrew role playing, I certainly don't have the time for it anymore. Since I was eleven years old, I've been pouring almost every ounce of creative energy I have into writing. I graduated college in 1993 with a degree in computer science. I tried my hand at programming for a couple of years and found it pretty unsatisfying. I later became a partner at a comic book store, where I spent several years. Though it wasn't a financial success, the experience I gained from running the store and the people that I met (many of whom I'm still in touch with today) was priceless. After leaving the store, I settled into a career of teaching. I still teach at a public high school in New York. Ironically, I've picked up computer programming again, which is what I mostly teach. I've been writing the whole time. I released my first book electronically in 2010. Forty Leap was a turning point for me in both style and story building. The Book of Revelations, which was written earlier but released later, was sort of a midway point between the writer I was and the writer I've become. I experimented with a very odd style and a story that employed diverse characters and controversial situations. In September 2010, I released the first installment of Zombies! Zombies! has been a tremendous success for me that came very close to being made into a television series. Since Zombies!, I have written a five part miniseries called Castes and have been working on developing tabletops games, the first of which, ApocalypZe, was published in early 2014. A couple of free stories about some of the characters in ApocalypZe have been released. I have written others and am working on putting them together into a novel.