Death On Zanathby Lee Gimenez
Humanity reached the stars, colonizing planets deep in the galaxy. But a century later, the T'Akons, a powerful alien race appeared. The machine-based aliens conquered the colonies with their advanced technology. They also began their quest to remake humans into their own cybernetic likeness. On the planet Zanath, the aliens create cybernetic-hybrid humans that now comprise a majority of the population. Unmodified humans are shunned on Zanath and forced to live in ghettos. One such human is Kira Zo, a soldier. She is smart, beautiful and headstrong. Her parents, against the wishes of the government, bear another unmodified child. The enraged T'Akons kill the infant and her parents. Vowing revenge for the death of her family, Kira organizes a Resistance movement. The group is an uneasy alliance of defiant humans and hybrid defectors. She also seeks the support of the Elayans, an alien race from the other side of the galaxy and mortal enemies of the T'Akons. But the T'Akons crush the Resistance, and Kira and what's left of her group flee Zanath. They continue the rebellion on Earth, which is now a technologically backward planet left in ruins by nuclear war.
As Kira races to form the alliance with the Elayans, while trying to keep her infighting group together, the T'Akons find and imprison her. She escapes and finally enlists the Elayans. With their help, she mounts a climactic series of battles that will determine the future of humanity.
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Death on Zanath is an action-packed thriller. Great plot and very good characters. In particular, I loved the main character, Kira Zo (she's shown on the cover of the book) the female soldier that battles the T'Akons. She reminded me of Lara Croft (played by Angelina Jolie) in the Tomb Raider movies. I would recommend this book to anyone that likes action, adventure, science fiction and thrillers. It's a fast read - once I started, I could not put it down. I'd love to see this novel made into a movie.
In this novel Lee Gimenez proves he is a master of suspense whether dealing with the present day or the futuristic time of Zanath. Humans conquered the galaxy then colonized planets. But as time went on, the humans were conquered by the T'Akons, a machine based race with superior technology. The conquerors then start remaking humans. Kira Zo is a soldier living on the planet Zenath. She spearheads a resistance movement by becoming allies with the Elayans. The war that ensues is destructive and costly for all with humans obtaining more freedom but a new master. This non-stop action thriller will have anyone sitting on the edge of their seat whether or not they are regular sci-fi or militaristic fans..
Lee writes on a topic that has survived, unfortunately, throughout all of history. One race/species dominating others, someone rebelling, beating off (sometimes) the opressor(s) after rallying support of others, and turning the situation around only to see it return at the hands of one of the "allies". This story has good continuity of plot and subplot, great character development, lots of suspence and just enough conflict and violence to make it work. This story presents an historic recurring theme in a new time and expanded setting without being repetitive, keeping ones attention throughout. This might make an interesting movie some day....