HUMANITY ISN'T ALL THEY LEFT BEHIND.
Two years later, the world lives in fragile peace. But a clandestine search has begun … and a clock has started ticking.
Two years after first contact, Astral forces have established their fragile kingdom around the globe. Motherships occupy the cities. Shuttles patrol the lawless outlands. The pacifist class of Astrals known as Titans assist humans in running their alien empire, while bloodthirsty Reptar peacekeepers ensure that order is kept. And unseen in the ships above, a third class of visitor calls the shots -- the unseen Divinity, worshipped and feared by citizens in equal measure.
Meyer Dempsey sits on his plinth as Viceroy of Heaven's Veil, on the old site of Vail, Colorado. As with other Viceroys in the eight other world capitals, humanity's remains revere Meyer almost as a god.
But below the surface, both colonies and outlands have begun to crumble with unrest.
Until now, the rebellion has been quiet. Now, desperation bubbles as they learn the Astrals have begun digging for an ancient device buried beneath the glowing blue Apex at Heaven's Veil.
But twin truths of the forthcoming alien war (or a possible alien apocalypse) have dawned at Benjamin Bannister's facility in Moab, sending plans into action:
The Astrals have lost what they hoped to uncover.
And humanity's only chance is to find it first.
This relentless, page-turning tale of colonization and alien empire is the third in the Alien Invasion series by masters of story Truant and Platt, authors of The Beam, Robot Proletariat, the Dream Engine series, and many more.
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Back on track?
After introducing novel characters in the first book, the second book went an entirely unanticipated direction and left us wondering what happened to those folks we met in book one.
In book three earth is settling in to a new normal, but we still don't know the true intent of the aliens. A meaningful resistance, that appears to have a better understanding of my the aliens' intentions than any the authors have chosen to share with readers, begins to have substance and characters we can again care about.
As book three ends, the curtain begins to lift and we understand a little more about what has happened to our main characters behind the scenes.
My interest is back and I have signed on f or book three.
Back to Fast Paced Action - can't wait for book 4
In Colonization, the final volume of this Omnibus, we're back with Meyer, who is really a great character. He's solidly on the side of the aliens, and we get to spend a lot more time with the aliens that in either of the previous two volumes. We learn of at least 2 different kinds of aliens (and a rumored third kind that don't actually appear) as Meyer leads a human society under the alien's thumbs and rebel humans do what they can to pester the alien presence on their land.
The action in this 3rd volume is back on the order of the first book, so you will tear right through it. At the end, you get to learn what is more important to Meyer: his place at the head of the human colony on our own planet under the thumb of the aliens...or his family. Plus, if it wasn't totally obvious in the first two books...Raj is a complete ******.
Do be warned, though...once the story ends, the epilogue at the end of volume 3 has a great hook that will get you impatiently waiting for Volume 4.
The second book filled out several of the characters only touched upon in the first. There were several surprises in this book that made you want to continue reading. Well done!