"It was like watching a movie but from inside the movie itself, standing just to the side of the action." - JAK, May 12, 2015
From the Author
This particular book took longer to write than I expected, primarily because my family and I got influenza and it took about a month and a half to recover and get everyone back on their feet. But once I got back in the proverbial saddle, I found a groove and finished off the largest entry in the Spineward Sectors to date - including the mainline books penned by my brother!
I really liked the new characters which joined the Pride's crew, as well as one particularly mysterious character who, if we're lucky, just might return to the Spineward Sectors novels in the not-too-distant future. All in all this was a fun sequel to the first book, No Middle Ground, and I've decided that book three in this particular series is the next one I'll work on.
I do tend to take a little grittier, grimier angle on things than Josh's mainline novels do, but I try pretty hard not to break the overall tone of his series. This difference is partly because of my own personality, and partly because the Pride of Prometheus stories have a different scale than do the mainline Spineward Sectors novels, so things have to necessarily get a little dirtier for our intrepid crew. The events which Captain Middleton & Company navigate will always impact the mainline novels in significant ways, though naturally some of their adventures will have a greater impact on Jason & Co. than others.
I was glad I got to explore a little bit of Tracto-an society here, since I've always been intrigued by the possibility of being the one to breathe life into their culture. Josh has established the parameters really well in the previous books, but I've always thought there was so much more to explore and I think I was able to do some of that in this book without detracting from the overall story at all. Hopefully I'll get around to finishing the Nikomedes novel sometime early next year, and we can get an even better look at the inhospitable world, and culture, of the Admiral's Lady.
As always, the feedback and assistance my beta readers provided was vital. I'd like to thank everyone who participated in the post-production process, and while I'm not going to list your names here, you know who you are. Your contributions are what make this possible, and I'm eternally grateful for your patience and support during this adventure!