From the Author
This book was written specifically for the Imperium Cicernus shared universe which Chris Nuttall generously established for which lesser authors are able to contribute. Writing a novel in a setting established by one of the top science fiction/space opera authors of our time carries with it some interesting challenges, and I've done my best to meet those challenges.
The length of the novel, including the snippet at the end, is just short of 125,000 words. This would make it an average-length novel for the genre, and I'm confident that the story stands well on its own. While reading the other books in the series is, of course, recommended, this story is well-encapsulated and won't leave you scratching your head regarding outside plot developments.
I wrote this book in about twenty five days, and the experience itself was a positive one. Sometimes writing a novel is a laborious, tedious exercise where it seems like nothing gets put down properly and the frustration just continues to mount. I genuinely enjoyed writing this one, and I hope you will enjoy reading it just as much!
About the Author
Caleb Wachter is generally not too keen on speaking of himself in the third person, but there are times when he grudgingly admits that it is an acceptable - if not entirely proper - form of narrative.
He lives in the Republic of the Philippines, and has three Filipina daughters named Jill, Jadzia, and Minuette. Their mother, Jo, is the most supportive companion he could ask for, and as a family they enjoy eating home-cooked meals, swimming in their pool, and watching television shows on a seven inch tablet.
To this point, the majority of his works have been produced from the confines of a bamboo-and-grass-thatching house (seriously!) which has the benefit of good air flow, but the downside of regular interaction with mosquitoes. After decades of confusion, he finally understands why so many sci-fi authors use 'bugs' as their chief antagonists.