This stunning and complex novel continues the story of the ultimate general, the penultimate killing machine, searching for the son he's never known. But the son--now a general himself--is mobilizing forces for a preemptive strike...against his own father.
Praise for W. Michael Gear's novels:
"Galactic intrigue...highly recommended."--Library Journal
"Exhilarating high adventure." --Locus
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Relic of Empire (Forbidden Borders, #2) by W. Michael Gear Relic of Empire meets our heroes as they struggle to find their way after the battles and solar system shaking revelations of Requiem of a Conqueror. The Idea the Universe was limited scope by the basis Forbidden Borders a gravity powered barrier. That mankind has been limited by an Other power to a portion of the universe, a selected number of solar systems. The sole purpose to see if they would meet expectations and exterminate themselves. The Lord Commander of the Companions, Staffa kar Therma, the World Butcher has been playing one side against the other for more of his life than he would like to admit. Finding the Seddi Mag Com, had manipulated mankind in its attempts to study their reactions. The Lord Commander is something different than those who are with him in his seclusion. One result of his existence was production of his son Sink. But revealing this connection has sent Sink to the opposing side. What our heroes did not expect was the detriment of the universe by the continued fighting of the Rega and Sassa empires. As both empires ramp up their military for a final battle, The Lord Commander has changed his focus and the mission of his mercenary soldiers. The Empires will never expect the detriment of continued battles they have fought. Nor is Sink ready to see the that the Rega Empire is not able to change. His personal belief that he could change the focus of his society from within will be put to the test. Michael Gear, spends so much of this book looking at the theoretical need of humanity. What defines humanity, and what is the true reason for human nature? The largest question what does it mean to be human? Michael Gear uses his characters to show all the characteristics of human mortal sin. His heroes have to face their own limited ability, but also the moral implications of conflicting political goals. I would suggest this book to any star explorers, epic addicts, or those who want to look into human nature, it’s a great book to learn many lessons of our own humanity.