Land of the Dead by Thomas Harlan

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It’s a small change in our history: imagine that the Japanese made contact with the Aztec Empire.  Instead of small-pox and Christianity,  they brought an Imperial alliance, samurai ethics, and technology.  By the time of these books, the Emperor in Mexico City rules not just the entire planet Earth, but a growing interplanetary Empire.  But the Galaxy is not a hospitable place, and there are other powers, both new and very very old, who would stop the spread of the power in Anuhuac. A weapon of the Old Ones, from the time of the First Sun, has been found in a region of space. It must be investigated, then tamed or destroyed to keep it from the hands of opposing powers.  Gretchen Anderssen, freelance archeologist and specialist in First Sun artifacts, has been hired by her old mentor Green Hummingbird, agent of the Mirror Service, to join him in the study.  They will be joined by old friends, and some old enemies as well.

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About Thomas Harlan

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Thomas Harlan is the author of the highly regarded “Oath of Empire” fantasy series, as well as being an internationally-known game designer.  He lives in Salem, Oregon.
Published March 29, 2011 by Tor Books. 496 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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In a galaxy brimming with hostile and inscrutable alien races, the Imperials have discovered another dangerous, immensely powerful First Sun artifact in a remote region of space;

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An artfully constructed alternate history setting, in which Earth and nearby worlds are ruled by an alliance of the Aztecs and the Japanese, serves as a tantalizing background to a breathless yet tedious stream of battle scenes and complex conspiracies in the third Time of the Sixth Sun installme...

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One example is the author’s description of the Pinhole, the narrow entrance to the kuub, a very unusual area of space the main characters converge on and investigate in the novel: In transluminal space, the physical protostellar matter collecting in the wasteland of the kuub was represented by b...

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