How do you prove innocence? Proving your complex system and the designs behind it could not cause a reactor accident may be impossible. But the accident did happen and the Drezvir mining colony is dangerously short of power as they head into bitter winter. The Farr Sector Judiciary is taking the case to court with charges of manslaughter due to criminal negligence and they are not likely to be lenient to Outsiders.
An expert team of industrial risk analysts have assembled on Drezvir to try to find the cause of the accident, unintentional or otherwise. Dr. Mitra Kael, Power Systems Engineer is giving them all the support she can as various subcontractors arrive from across the galaxy. So is Dr. Dreen Pendi, former head of Nemizcan Computing and Mitra’s lover. Dr. Ari Delmaice, President of Delmaice Power Systems, is out to make sure anyone but him takes the fall.
Chett Linderson, now head of Nemizcan Computing is not impressed with Ari’s attitude and Chett is the get even type. Chett’s temper has already made him a dangerous enemy, hacker Klarak Voroth.
Joran Lantonelle still means well but is focused on walking back on stage and reclaiming his status as galactic superstar. Bojo Camrail, is trying to keep him in line but he is getting distracted between espionage on his home planet and a romance with Brys, Dreen’s best hacker.
At least Dreen and Mitra are together at last. Or are they? C.C. Windegren, terraformer and Mitra’s childhood friend, is on Drezvir and he is wondering why they have wasted all of these years. As a face from the past appears and Dreen’s secrets start slipping out, Mitra finds herself trying to decide just what Dreen is really like. And obviously C.C. and his environmental activist friends have a few secrets of their own.
About the Author
I am sharing this author page with my husband and co-author Donald S. Hall. Co-authors Judi Suni Hall, PhD. and Donald S. Hall, PhD. have shared their lives and careers since marrying as undergrads.They both did PhD’s in theoretical physics, then moved into industry and worked at AECL, Canada’s nuclear research lab. Judi’s PhD. is in theoretical nuclear physics, the kind of modeling used to do stellar interiors. Judi started out designing safety systems for Candu reactors. She shifted to industrial risk analysis, ending up Technical Manager of AECL’s RARE (Risk and Reliability Evaluation) Consultancy. In that capacity she worked with a number of industries, including the Canadian Space Agency at the time when the Canadian involvement in International Space Station was first being defined. That lead to the permanent love of the idea of humanity spreading into space. Don’s PhD. is in theoretical physics modeling liquids. Don started out doing research in the design of self-powered neutron detectors, then moved to tomography, and finally Artificial Intelligence. In that role he had the opportunity to work with some of Canada’s leading experts in Artificial Intelligence. En-route to represent Canada at a NASA conference Judi caught a severe virus that changed both of their lives. She shared the infection and the next 10 years were a write off as they struggled to rebuild their lives. Don now runs Apps & More Software Design. It has recently expanded into psychiatric testing on the iPad and iPhone in collaboration with a Johns Hopkins trained psychiatrist. He also has the caregiver role since Judi spends almost half of her time in bed unable to even read. In addition to writing science fiction, Judi and Don are internationally published haiga poets.
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This series is so riveting that I find myself getting less and less sleep every night. So many well meshed story lines that are all weaved together perfectly. The end of this book really snuck up on me. Thank goodness I already have book four.