“Trident’s Forge” eBook was published in 2016 (April) and was written by Patrick S. Tomlinson (http://www.patrickstomlinson.com/). This is the second in his “Children of a Dead Earth” series.
I received a galley of this novel for review through https://www.netgalley.com. I categorize this novel as ‘R’ because it contains scenes of Violence and Mature Language. This Science Fiction novel is set in a far future. Humanity has had to flee Earth and have voyaged for generations to reach their new home around Tau Ceti.
It has been three years since the colonists arrived at Tau Ceti G. The human colony is thriving, but there is some unrest. When it is discovered that a few have broken away, building a ship and sailing to another of the planet’s continents, those in control feel that a mission must be sent.
The local intelligent humanoid species inhabits the other continent and first contact has been made, but not as they had planned. Bryan Benson, who was the hero that saved the colony ship in the first volume of the series “The Ark”, is volunteered to accompany the small group hoping to establish relations with the natives.
They are there only a short time when the village they are visiting is attacked. They barely are able to fight off the unknown warriors. A coalition force of natives and humans is assembled and sets out to find out who attacked and why. They set off across land into unexplored territory. They are threatened repeatedly along the way.
While this is happening, Benson’s wife and now chief of police, Theresa, is dealing with further unrest in the human settlement. They both slowly become aware that they are being manipulated by powerful humans.
I spent just under 11 hours reading this 448 page book. I thought it was a good Science Fiction novel and extended the story ark of the series. I give this novel a 4.4 (rounded down to a 4) out of 5.
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