Aboard a notorious criminal syndicate's luxurious starliner, Commonwealth operative Simon Kovalic and his crew race to steal a mysterious artifact that could shift the balance of war...
Still reeling from a former teammate's betrayal, Commonwealth operative Simon Kovalic and his band of misfit spies have no time to catch their breath before being sent on another impossible mission: to pull off the daring heist of a quasi-mythical alien artifact, right out from under the nose of the galaxy's most ruthless crime lord.
But their cold war rivals, the Illyrican Empire, want the artifact for themselves. And Kovalic's newest recruit, Specialist Addy Sayers, is a volatile ex-con with a mean hair-trigger who might put the whole mission at risk. Can Kovalic hold it all together, or will the team tear themselves apart before they can finish the job?
File Under: Science Fiction [ Simon Saves | 2.7 Kelvin | Spy-Fi | Kovalic’s Five ]
Moren's fantastically fun second Galactic Cold War space opera (after The Bayern Agenda) ditches all but the most cursory of intergalactic politics to make room for a frenzied, humorous, and brawl-heavy spy mission aboard a luxury starcruiser. Simon Kovalic, a secret agent of the Commonwealth of Independent Systems, must hire new personnel for his Special Projects Team following the betrayal of a team member. Despite concerns from his executive officer, Natalie Taylor, he takes a chance on young former criminal and special ops washout Adelaide Sayers. Simon leads Adelaide and Natalie aboard the Queen Amina to retrieve the stolen Aleph Tablet, a storied artifact that could be an asset in the conflict between the Commonwealth and the Illyrican Empire if the rumors that it contains the technological secrets of an alien race prove true. The ensuing action-packed mission is grounded by strong team dynamics rendered with psychological precision: Simon's determined to take care of his own, Natalie's frustrated with his secretiveness, and Adelaide's desperate to belong. It's easy to root for these ragtag, quick-thinking underdogs as they stand up to intergalactic bullies big and small. Readers will end this installment deeply attached to Moren's bold characters and eagerly anticipating what comes next.
More spies, more space
The 2nd (or 3rd) book about the Galactic Cold War.
This time it's a heist in a wormhole. And it's fantastic. Looking forward to the next one.
Another great book by Dan Moren! Great, compelling characters with well thought out motivations. A fun caper in the middle of a bigger spy story! Can’t wait to read what comes next!