On a lonely planet in the distant future, Earth is a fading memory and technology is falling into ruin. As a “runner,” Jak Rebo delivers valuable pacakges from planet-to-planet. When he takes an assignment to deliver a young boy believed to be a reincarnated religious leader to another planet, Jak finds himself at the center of a violent religious conflict, dodging assassins around every corner.
The risk doubles after he teams p with Lani Norr, a beautiful “sensitive” with a secret ability so powerful, some will stop at nothing to find and control her. Together they must battle their way through the far reaches of the galaxy to protect the boy and save their own lives.
From New York Times bestselling science fiction author William C. Dietz comes this thrilling, action-packed book, which is the first in a two-volume series.
Known for his hard SF, Dietz (Legion of the Damned) changes pace with this engaging effort, whose philosophical themes evoke Isaac Asimov's classic Foundation series. In a bleak far future, many technological advances, including interstellar travel, have fallen into disuse, leaving most people in despair. Followers of a faith the author acknowledges is modeled on Buddhism cling to a faint hope for redemption when rumors circulate that a legendary spiritual leader has been reborn, but that good news is tempered by the existence of rival claimants for the position. Jak Rebo, a "runner" entrusted with valuable missions requiring travel between star systems, gets enmeshed in this religious conflict when he accompanies one of the aspirants to the planet where the tests to establish the true heir are to be administered. Action-packed, albeit with a few improbable escape scenes, this novel stands out with its intriguing spiritual explorations.