"Exciting futuristic other world tale"
Interstellar Captain Lindal Karr transports humans from
Sheldon's World to Evermore when a stowaway claiming to be
Lindal's guardian angel Bob begins killing the passengers
while they sleep in a fugue state. Lindal who is immune to
fugue sleep is helpless to stop Bob who perseveres in a
normal state that enables him to live with an incredibly
faster metabolism that also makes him seem invisible to
Lindal. Bob forces the Long Reach to crash into the ocean
of the remote planet of New Ascension.
The colonists on New Ascension struggle with a deadly local
microbe. They barely survive a little longer by draining
the immunity serum of the native sentient population the
Khafra, an action that kills the Khafra. Civil war is
imminent with Jenette Tesla, daughter of the human leader,
desperately trying to find peace and stop the genocide.
Lindal with fugue might be the miracle if the colonists let
him live long enough to help, but who to trust among the
planetary colonists, the victimized Khafra, or the
mysterious angel Bob?
THE BURNING HEART OF NIGHT contains an interesting look at
the cost of survival that humans will pay for a few extra
years of life. Though Angel Bob is cloaked in mystique,
the identity of the being is obvious early on. Lindal
understands being different while Jenette represents the
good in mankind with her willingness to do what she
believes is the right thing. Albeit solutions to extremely
complex interspecies issues are overly simplified, science
fiction readers will relish this exciting futuristic other
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted June 15, 2002