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“An imaginative and stunning tale of the perfect future threatened . . . a book of epic proportions not unlike Frank Herbert’s Dune or Isaac Asimov’s Foundation trilogy.”—SFRevu

The year is 2380. The Intersolar Commonwealth, a sphere of stars, contains more than six hundred worlds interconnected by a web of transport “tunnels” known as wormholes. At the farthest edge of the Commonwealth, astronomer Dudley Bose observes the impossible: over one thousand light-years away, a star . . . disappears. Since the location is too distant to reach by wormhole, the Second Chance, a faster-than-light starship commanded by Wilson Kime, a five-times-rejuvenated ex-NASA pilot, is dispatched to learn what has occurred and whether it represents a threat.

Opposed to the mission are the Guardians of Selfhood, led by Bradley Johansson. Shortly after the journey begins, Kime wonders if the crew of the Second Chance has been infiltrated. But soon enough he will have other worries. Halfway across the galaxy, something truly incredible is waiting: a deadly discovery whose unleashing will threaten to destroy the Commonwealth . . . and humanity itself.

“Should be high on everyone’s reading list . . . You won’t be able to put it down.”—Nancy Pearl, NPR

“Recommended . . . A large cast of characters, each with his own story, brings depth and variety to this far-future saga.”—Library Journal

Sci-Fi & Fantasy
March 2
Random House Publishing Group
Penguin Random House LLC

Customer Reviews

JustGettingBetter ,


Just finished this outstanding work. I found this author by searching for authors like issac Asimov. Mr Hamilton is not Asimov he is on a plain of his own. I am invested in this story and am ready to start book 2.
This complex narrative is just outstanding. I feel my words are failing to capture my admiration. As I found myself within the last 100 pages my heart rate accelerated as the story became fast and furious.
I have begun to purchase his other works. Well done sir!

Am book reader ,


World building, multiple plots and intriguing characters propel this sci-fi work to “Classic “ status.

Fourthmonth ,

Great Sci Fi

What a great book. Massive scale that includes the whole galaxy combined with dozens of fascinating characters, a future full of technology that is both off the charts and a logical outgrowth of where we are now. And psychologically realistic effects of that technology on humans. Sci fi at its best. A real classic.

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