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- Publication Date: December 30, 2014
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B00RNAX6JC
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Destiny Nexus (Shimmer in the Dark Book 2) Kindle Edition
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A lot has changed since then. I was fortunate to strike up a friendship with Ms. London and was invited to be a beta reader for Destiny Nexus, the next installment of the Shimmer in the Dark sci-fi/fantasy series.
Good things come to those who wait.
In Destiny Nexus, we pick up with Major Niall Kearey and the Astereans where we left them at the end of Book 1. The planet Astereal is nothing but a ball of molten rock now and all the action had moved Earthside. However, instead of slipping across space-time to save an entire race, Major Kearey is using his incredible psycho-kinetic-mind portal abilities to perform espionage for the United States.
It gets worse. Niall’s abilities are a blessing and a curse—every government and power broker on Earth wants Kearey for their very own or at least wants to make sure that no one else can use him. Author London crawls through the back-stabbing politics and secret society backroom deals, each seedier than the last, until Niall’s options run out. The final gut-wrenching betrayal of a man who saved an entire race is more personally painful than he could ever imagine.
The ancient proverb says: “the enemy of my enemy is my friend,” and when a new extraterrestrial evil threatens the planet Earth, Niall is called back to service. The same people who couldn’t wait to get rid of him now can’t wait to be on his side.
London writes with an easy style that makes you eat up pages and keeps the story moving along at a fast clip. This book also feels more personal than Rogue Genesis. London has always made Niall’s family his reason for being; this second installment attacks Niall at his very core.
Other reviewers have likened London’s work to DUNE by Frank Herbert. As a Dunehead myself, that's a pretty tall order, but I can see the parallels. The sweeping scope of the story, the space opera vibe, the world-building around the history-defining powers of one man—all of those are there. But Destiny Nexus drives home another similarity. In Paul Atreides and Niall Kearey you find men that make a fundamental realization: when they face their biggest test, they are the solution..and the problem.
And there’s nothing they can do about it.
If you enjoyed the breathless intensity of “Rogue Genesis” you will be equally enthralled by its sequel, “Destiny Nexus.” When you’re dealing with a hero with talents like Niall Kearey trouble is inevitable, especially when coupled with the US Government, the Pentagon, and a plethora of hidden agendas on the part of an ancient secret society. Add an influx of off-world alien immigrants from another planet and you not only have a plot which is bound to thicken but require considerable skill on the part of the author to tie it all together. This London achieves, the result a breath-taking kaleidoscope of science fiction intrigue. Several developments left me literally gasping, yet the scary part is that the author did such a convincing job of tying it all together that nothing exceeds the realm of reader credibility.
In this volume, character development takes its natural course as Niall experiences increasing pressure from those who resent and fear his talents. Hero-types don’t take well to such bullies, whether in the form of an individual or some powerful entity, yet as we all know “fighting city hall” usually doesn’t end well. The plot as well as various characters and situations darken, threats to Niall’s family taking a different turn than they did in “Rogue Genesis” yet no less hair-raising. New characters and developments related to Niall’s distant past arise which have startling implications as well.
I highly recommend reading (or rereading) “Rogue Genesis” to get the most out of this worthy sequel. Seemingly minor characters from the previous episode return in a variety of roles for which their context and relationship to the protagonist as well as each other are important to fully grasp and appreciate the story’s considerable depth.
As with “Rogue Genesis,” the author has done an outstanding job blending cutting-edge science, ancient history, the paranormal, and government intrigue into a skillfully orchestrated saga that will, like its predecessor, leave you biting your nails with bated breath until the next book comes out.
(I was provided a free electronic copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.)