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- Publisher: New Athenian (March 13, 2017)
- Publication Date: March 13, 2017
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B06WWRXZ4Y
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Where Kali, an expert terrestrial fighter pilot with an edge, was the principal character in The White Seed, Alon carries that role in the sequel. Alon’s character was introduced in the first book as a man of mystery with advanced fighting skills and ‘James Bond’ type gadgets. He is that man but he is also a geologist who is humanized in The Black Seed as a man with self-doubts, uncertainty, and paranoia. His phycological demons are revealed in this book as well as his personal mission.
Alon is on a quest to find the Black Seed. Finally explained in this book is what the Black Seed is. The reason that Alon wants to be the one to find and retrieve the Black Seed is to keep it out of the hands of his boss, a power hungry quick rising leader from Athena, Alon’s home world.
Earth sent White Seeds and Black Seeds out into an area of space that, according to Earth astronomers, had habitable planets. The White Seeds contained all the information and biological matter to recreate human life and to build a suitable habitat for these humans. Black Seeds were technological wonders that had the ability to create artificial wormholes and propulsion systems that could be used for interstellar travel, but they would avail themselves to the new colonies only once the seeded populations matured to the point of understanding the technology. Liquid metal intelligent beings called Morphs protected this technology. These Morphs were also part in the Black Seed.
Of primary concern with immature civilizations that got ahold of the Black Seed was that warring tribes or nation states could easily weaponize it. Weaponizing a Black Seed had already been proposed by Chon, an Athenian leader of a political and religious movement. This movement, whose followers were called denialist, did not believe that humans originated from earth. Alon killed Chon to stop him from achieving his goal only to grow suspicious that Kaera, the head of the service he worked for, did not want that outcome. Someone sabotaged his mission in several ways to lessen his chances of killing Chon and Alon suspected that it was Kaera who did it.
Kaera, only mentioned in the prior book, is Kali’s mother; though, mother and daughter aren’t close. Her character is more directly presented in this book. While Alon reports to Kaera, he sees her as an enemy who threatens Athena’s survival.
Alon finally found what he was looking for on Aestas, a world seeded with humanity that failed as colony world due to erroneous atmospheric manipulation. As a geologist, Alon had been sent to the silent seeded worlds with two other scientists to determine why they failed. The weapon he found on Aestas, which would ultimately be used against Kaera, was not a high-tech instrument of power, but a phycological talisman that could win the people of Athena over to his point of view. Alon believes that the Black Seed must not be weaponized as it will destroy Athena.
This book is one that you’ll be thinking about for some time While it doesn’t leave you hanging on its conclusion, it is a well-written story that is too good to end with only two books. Fortunately, Kenneth Marshall left some unresolved matters open for a sequel. I hope he writes it.
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