Passage by Thorby Rudbek
(Galactic Citadel) (Volume 2)

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Citadel – a reclaimed inheritance – Obsidian-black, new views, new perspectives.

Gas giants, a barren world, a diminished star, outposts and frontiers. Two passengers, and one ‘Tutor’.

A pale wisp of a girl, lonely no longer. A new friend and a relative at last. The loss of hope. The discovery, destruction and sparing of the enemy.

Grey mists and premonitions. To learn, to repair, to kill and to spare.

Canadian extreme multiculturalism. A pilot, a single-seat jet, an incredible rescue and incarceration. An ultimatum – unbelievers, messengers misunderstood, and unappreciated. A hand-held laser and a crumbling hangar floor. Floating in an electric chair. Discoveries in the mists at Niagara, in Soho, London and in the extremes of a Albertan snowstorm.

Mobilizing the immobile to cross hundreds of millions of miles of unforgiving vacuum. Jailor and prisoners, freed but still trapped. Lost lives, limbs and lasers. One ‘Controller’ is one too many. A return to slow-engulfing disaster, belaying delaying the attack, a push for the ultimate relocation.

An air force fighter jet fished from the ocean, close to an empty, cliff-top excavation. A new flyer, a sub reactor, an unfortunate cat. American beryllium, Eliminators, and a new crater in Nevada, an explanation beyond proof, preferable to the truth. Time running out.

Collecting new items: obsidian fragments and a figurine in miniature, one hand-made ring and many, many Macrals.

A new kind of union. Respite, despite near enemies. Friends under false pretences. An aunt enlightened, a warrior-commander on hold.

About Thorby Rudbek

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Thorby Rudbek grew up in England, where, from an early age, he fell in love with reading. As a teenager, he often had three books on the go at once. (Is that a male kind of multitasking?) Science Fiction became his favourite kind of book, and he particularly enjoyed many of the works of Robert Heinlein. Of course, once he graduated from University, he found it a natural progression to pursue a career in science; he worked around the world, dabbling in high vacuum physics, microwave, radar, laser, and ionising radiation.As he grew older he found it harder to locate novels that he enjoyed, and finally he decided to write his own.The Galactic Citadel series, begun in 'Ascent' and continued in 'Passage', is about seemingly ordinary folks who find themselves tasked with extraordinary challenges. They might seem to harken from an earlier time, when heroes were really heroes, and the only wars worth fighting are ones which will protect the defenceless.If you can escape from reality for a while in his stories and come away with that 'feel good' sensation - Thorby will feel he has succeeded.
Published March 9, 2012 by Planet Citizen Books. 431 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Action & Adventure, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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