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Synopsis: Gar, a hybrid of more than one race, is given a mission to save his home world from being eviscerated. Sentient factions from different worlds are verging on conflict, and in the center of it all is Gar, who must find a way to restore stability and peace. Gar is up against a ruthless and power-hungry man, Noksun, a senior official who sees him as his only real obstruction to his plans to become the ultimate ruler. Gar calls for the help of the greatest geneticist in the known Universe, Mbali, a beautiful Terran who can help him, but who seems to oppose him at every turn, not trusting his words, until… The dynamics of power, the power-plays, the introduction of mutants and genetically modified sentients, all of it becomes a space-operatic war on a scale and with passion and violence that keeps one reading to find out how, with only a small faction of men and women behind him and the Snow Wolves, Gar can possibly go up against the organized military might that Noksun has prepared to launch in order to take control of the planet.
This story has lots of well-written dialogue between the players, scripted with a unique language of its own, with a touch of romance, conflicted jealousies, back-stabbing and of course, lots of action. You get it all!
There is also a message, the timeless message of unity, equality and humanity built into this story – where the good are fighting against the evil who want to keep the camps divided, keep hatred and division alive – a theme which is all too-real in our contemporary times.
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This book (again) reminds of CJ Cherryh’s writing in that Cherryh often writes science fiction that doesn’t contain any (or contains very few) humans. Instead, the characters are all aliens, and the setting is on an alien world (or worlds). In Alvar’s Spear, the entire story takes place on Alvar, inhabited moon of a gas giant system and all the characters are aliens, except for two humans.
In this book, the moon of Alvar and all of its inhabitants are on the verge of destruction. This is because of a “Bermuda triangle” intersection of the loss of initiative on the part of the species who makes Alvar their home, the megalomaniac intentions of a tyrant and the evil machinations of a different, off-world species.
Enter Gar, son of Quenby (who was my favorite character from the last book), who must discover the various plots conspiring to destroy the planet, and lead a rebellion to save his people. With help from the beautiful, genius geneticist human, Mbali, the “consciousness” of the moon, Alvar, and various parts of the flora and fauna of the moon, he wages a war against destruction. The war is quite a literal one in that the book is full of battle scenes, weapons, blood, death, and will definitely keep your blood pumping (without being graphic and disgusting). At the same time, there is something very philosophical and spiritual about the book.
As with the last book, the ultimate message relates to tolerance and acceptance of the “different” as the only way to grow and move forward.
Highly recommended to those who enjoy books set in alien settings and who enjoy science fiction battle scenes!