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Prodigal Sun/Williams, Sean/Paper/073226569X/S055-B1
Evergence, Book 1
In the far future, humanity has colonised the outermost reaches of the galaxy. Society has evolved into a hierarchy of castes - from the godlike High to the barely sentient Low. Empires have risen and fallen, and the Dato bloc has just seceded from the Commonwealth of Empires...
Morgan Roche is a commander in the intelligence arm of the Commonwealth of Empires. Her mission is to escort the artificial intelligence unit known simply as "The box" to her superiors. But en route, her ship is attacked by Dato Bloc warships, forcing Roche to escape to the surface of the prison planet Sciacca's World with the help of Adoni Cane - a genetically enhanced warrior whose past is a mystery even to him.
Marooned and hunted, Roche must protect "The Box" at all costs. But what about Cane? Who created him and why? The answers may be the salvation of the human race - or its damnation...
"A personal story told on a galaxy-sized canvas. Filled with action as well as intriguing ideas." - Kevin J. Anderson.
"Entertaining [and] enjoyable...[The Prodigal Sun]... Sets the stage solidly for the forthcoming books." - Locus.
Bibliographic note: "The new Sean Williams/Shane Dix Ace publication, The Prodigal Sun, is essentially a rewriting of their earlier Aphelion book, The Unknown Soldier, with all names changed (characters, places, political entities) as well as some of the 'news' broadcasts. The basic plot is identical, however, as are most of the words (with a few awkwardnesses, etc. cleaned up)." - Lucy Schmeidler.