Extremis (Starfire, Book 6) by Steve White, Charles E. Gannon

By Steve White, Charles E. Gannon

The New Sequel to Exodus and the New York Times most sensible vendor, The Shiva Option.
Once sooner than, the sentient races within the recognized a part of the galaxy—humans, Orions, Ophiuchi and Gorm—had united to defeat alien invaders. a long time later, the member planets of the alliance had grown complacent—until an important fleet of ships, every one send better than a urban, arrived, fleeing the lack of their domestic planet while their famous person went nova.

They have traveled for hundreds of years, slower than gentle, and now that they've arrived on the global they need to make their new domestic. They regard the truth that the planet is already colonized through people as an insignificant inconvenience, the extra so seeing that their mode of verbal exchange is so diverse from something people use that they don't reflect on people and their allies to be really clever. And the coming extraterrestrial beings know—or, no less than, they believe—that after they die they are going to be reincarnated, so that they don't hesitate to assault people and their allies with suicidal fury. And, if helpful, they'll exterminate all people and their allies, if that’s what it takes to occupy the planet.

That was once their angle on arrival, however the conquerors have discovered from human expertise. They now recognize all approximately reactionless drives, much more effective than rocket engines. and so they have realized concerning the bounce issues which make faster-than-light go back and forth attainable. With that wisdom, they plan to beat the complete inhabited area of the galaxy—unless the previous alliance of people and different being can cease them . . . .

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Sometimes, alas, it only retains its head, and is very glad when it can find something to eat. As the day went by, however, the Éclair continued traveling toward the Azores. When night fell and Trinitus calculated that the islands could not be far away, he took the boat up to the surface, which slowed its progress considerably but allowed the voyagers to interrogate the horizon through the windows. The sea extended in all directions, seemingly infinite. Its high and rapid waves shook the boat forcefully, and after half an hour of continual shocks, Trinitus was on the point of deciding to go back down to calmer layers when Marcel saw an almost-imperceptible light shining on the horizon.

The old mariner shrugged his shoulders. “You’re talking like a child,” he told his nephew. ” “Yes, seaweeds no less than a thousand meters long.

Frightful crackling sounds were audible; that was the rocks and sides of the volcanic chimney cracking on contact with the horrible furnace. Attempting to escape its reach seemed absurd to Trinitus, and to his 6 0 | V O Y A G E B E N E A T H T H E WAV E S companions, so with haggard eyes and their hair bristling in fear, they waited for their final moment. The lava was still rising. Suddenly, however, after a formidable crack, there was a shrill whistle. The chimney had burst at the level of the submarine tunnel, and a stream of water was falling into the furnace through a narrow fissure.

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