"space opera at it's finest"
The alien Spinners bestow gifts upon races far less
technologically advanced than they are. These presents
include a faster than light ship and ftl communication
ability. The largess is soon considered a curse because
shortly after they are used the Starfish arrive, hostile
aliens who destroy entire solar systems, wherever beings
that use the ftl communications exist.
The Starfish destroy Earth and the rest of the solar
system. Human colony planets, spread out throughout the
known universe, are being destroyed and it looks like Homo
sapiens will soon become an extinct species. Caryl Hatzis
and human engram (an advanced simulation) Peter Alander are
desperately trying to find a way to save what is left of
mankind. They discover a third alien race, the Yvel, who
have been trailing in the wake of the Spinners and the
Starfish for twenty-five hundred years. They survive by
staying behind their enemy but now Caryl and Peter want
humanity and the Yvel to make a stand against the Starfish.
ORPHANS OF EARTH is space opera at it's finest as Sean
Williams and Shane Dix have created a rousing adventure
starring alien races that seem so real and superior to
mankind that it is no wonder there is no communication
between the various species. Though the Yvel are alien
also, they share the same needs as humans and make
believable allies. It will be interesting to see what far
away galaxy the next installment in this exciting series
takes the reader to visit.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted December 5, 2002