“It was the most goddamn fun I’ve had in thirty thousand years.”
Garth Nickels regrets a lot of things he’s said in his life, but those twelve words rank highest on his list. He said them, though, and there’s nothing he can do except change.
Warned that his actions since coming to Hospitalis have been driven by the very thing he seeks, Garth resolves to undertake a new, less violent approach to his goals ... a worthy plan given his newest ... ‘problem’:
He’s become a celebrity. Surviving the Port Disaster, defeating an augmented soldier in hand-to-hand combat in The Game, donating billions of dollars to the relief effort and offering to essentially build a new spaceport for Hospitalis ... all this has transformed him into something of a systemic hero.
How in the hell can he get into The Box if every camera, every reporter, every man, woman, child and avatar in Latelyspace is looking for an autograph or an interview?
Still as desperate as ever to get into The Box, Garth begins laying down roots in his adopted city, preparing for the future, preparing to one day -hopefully soon- discover the truth behind his existence, the reasons he slept for thirty thousand years ... everything.
First, though, he has to survive a date with Naoko Kamagana. The two lovebirds decide to take a day off so he can get a better view of just how very important The Museum, The Box and The Game are to Latelians.
When The Museum becomes the scene of a terrorist action that pushes the Chairwoman and the OverCommander into revealing the true military might of
the Latelian Regime, when Chadsik al-Taryin decides to ‘protect’ the man he’s been hired to kill, when Trinity begins to unveil It’s manipulations...
It becomes exceptionally difficult for Garth to take the high road.
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Published January 14, 2012
Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction.