The arrival of an alien race, the haan, saved Earth from the worst ravages of overpopulation, starvation, and disease. As part of the bonding process, human surrogates agree to raise the infant haan, building a genetically enhanced relationship intended to strengthen interspecies ties. When soldiers, one of them a haan masquerading as a human, invade Sam Shao's apartment and arrest her guardian for smuggling a weapon into the country, Sam abandons her other responsibilities to attempt a rescue of the only father figure she's known for decades, uncovering dangerous truths in the process. VERDICT Under the name James Knapp, Decker is the author of the Revivors trilogy (State of Decay; The Silent Army; Element Zero). With a tricky plot, a fascinating alien race, and a resourceful heroine whose story deserves many follow-ups, this series debut should please fans of Peter Hamilton, William C. Dietz, and John Scalzi.
About the Author
He wrote continuously through high school, college and beyond, eventually breaking into the field under the name James Knapp, with the publication of the Revivors trilogy (State of Decay, The Silent Army, and Element Zero). State of Decay was a Philip K. Dick award nominee, and won the 2010 Compton Crook Award. The Burn Zone is his debut novel under the name James K. Decker.
He now lives in MA with his wife Kim.