"Strong Silent Empire tale"
Slavery is common and legal on certain planets in the
universe. The most valuable of all is the Silent because
they can enter dreams and send communications as well as
conduct commerce over several light years. When the
Despair came and over ninety percent of the Silent could
no longer enter the Dream, they become ever more
valuable. The children of Irfar, a silent nomadic order,
are trying to rescue as many of the lost silent as possible.
Father Kendi Weaver, temporary captain of the spaceship
Poltergeist, intends to rescue two of his family located
on the planet Drin. Before he makes that attempt, he
snatches his crewmate's son out of slavery. When they
arrive on Drin, they discover his brother and sister have
been kidnapped by a mega conglomeration Silent
Acquisitions. Kendi and his crew have to figure out a way
to rescue them, an almost impossible task but one that can
be accomplished by those ready to risk everything on one
roll of the dice.
This is the third book in the Silent Empire series and it
continues the stories of characters of the previous two
books. Kendi and Ben are now a couple; Kareen has her son
restored to her after her spouse sold him into slavery;
and Kendi has a chance of reuniting with part of his
family. All is not roses because Ben discovers his true
biological heritage and unless someone can figure out a
way of bringing the Silent back into the Dream, a future
civilization will cease to exist. Steven Harper is a
genius when it comes to believable world building.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted October 14, 2003