As former Typhoon II ship’s engineer Phil Sperry struggles with his decades-long treason to the human race, Supreme Commander Jack Commer and his wife Amav journey to the paradise planet Andertwin for a painful visit with their reclusive son Jonathan James, survivor of an abduction by Alpha Centaurian security forces and now the author of a bestselling novel about the collapse of the Centaurian empire.
Collapse and Delusion, Book Four of the Jack Commer science fiction series, was published July 8th and is now available in eBook format from:
If Phil was inwardly screaming at the loss of all Connection throughout the Empire, what was Jonathan James feeling right now? Like Hedrona, Phil knew from the information wisps that JJC was safe, somewhere midship and on one of the top levels, and he vaguely recalled the corridors where he’d last seen him. But “midship, top levels” meant two thousand cubic miles to search.
“You there! Whereabouts of Jonathan James Commer, the human hostage!” Hedrona barked at every AC she saw. The Zarj and Tarl guards, the most military of all AC’s, by now fully cemented into their despair, let them roam as they pleased. Several killed themselves upon seeing Hedrona, the most vicious Animal Alpha Centauri had ever known. Others fawned over the Gladiator and offered what little they knew, and Hedrona and Phil continued to use these hints along with the ever-fading wisps to navigate towards the nursery.
Hedrona marched, her Gladiator boots clomping on the multicolored plastimetal tiles of the infinite corridors, while Phil drifted across them like a cloud of buzzing, disconnected anxieties, hardly aware he had legs. He was disembodied. He was nothing.
Yet behind the nothing Phil knew there were mountains upon mountains of impassible shame cutting him off from the human race. He couldn’t even let himself know these mountains were there–but he felt their cruel heights and their mocking masses. And he was beginning to suspect that loss of the Emperor’s Grid was nowhere as bad as being cut off from the human race he’d so thoroughly betrayed.
Why did she let him walk next to her? He was just a ghost!
The first three books in the series:
Book One. The Martian Marauders
After the evacuation of the Earth’s population to Mars, the crew of the Typhoon I spaceship must fight native Martian terrorists led by their new human Emperor, political agitator and traitor Sam Hergs.
Book Two. Jack Commer, Supreme Commander
Jack Commer brings poor negotiating skills to the war with the fascist Alpha Centaurian Empire, losing his crew to Centaurian brainwashing as he and his wife are sent to be tortured on a barren planet.
Book Three. Nonprofit Chronowar
The 2020 conference of the Committee to End Suffering on Planet Earth is destroyed when intruder Joe Commer time travels from 2036 to lecture CTESOPE on the destruction of the Earth in 2033 and the resulting evacuation of the remnants of humanity to Mars.
copyright 2016 by Michael D. Smith