Nine years of tranquility came to an abrupt end when a Méridien starship entered the Hellébore system, sounding a dire warning for Alex Racine, the Haraken president. Unwanted visitors had arrived again. But this time, they're not alien; they're human.
Claiming to have followed the course of a colony ship launched a millennium ago when Earth wrestled with resource wars and climate change, the mission commander, Antonio García, requests a meeting with the planet's leaders. The Earthers profess a kinship with all humans, and their great desire is to have Méridien join their United Earth (UE).
Alex Racine journeys to Méridien to investigate and uncover the Earthers' intentions. In the Haraken world, SADEs (self-aware digital entities) have been freed from their boxes aboard the Méridien-built starships. The mobile SADEs are powerful players in Alex's strategies, inventing ingenious methods to investigate the Earthers and their ship.
Complicating matters, the Méridien leadership is in turmoil. The Council Leader insists her people ignore the Earthers, but this path has costs. As tensions escalate, García sends a request for support to his superiors back on Earth, lest his discovery of the rich, Méridien worlds, boasting unbelievable advanced technology, slip through his grasp. A UE battleshiop heeds the call, escalating the pressure for action.
Join the journey as the Harakens and Méridiens work together to protect their planets, and their way of life, from the newest invaders.
©2016 S. H. Jucha (P)2016 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
This author is most enjoyable.
There is humour,sadness and memorable characters.
All add up to an excellent story.
An excellent Sci-fi experience and highly recomended
"Good SciFi story"
The story was very good. The main con is that there was too much about what Alex and Renee were doing together. Got tired of her always "curling up" next to him or in his lap. It's a space adventure! Enough with the cheesy romance.
I'll still get the next one because I want to know what happens, but I skip through the mushy stuff.
"why do I always cry during this book"
it's a lovely read.
again and again, I am blown away by the characters hospitality and hope.
An old style writing, Epic, like the Odyssey, rich in detail & character development, painting a visual story with story line and supporting details leaving the reader with few questions and nothing left to do but enjoy the story. I recommend the audio narration.
If your looking for a series that's chugging right along and doesn't strain your brain too much this is it .
"another great book in the series"
these keep getting better with every book in the series I think the editing is getting better too
"Time to saddle up again"
Haraken is the 4th installment in S H Jucha's Silver Ships series. After a decade of relative peace, the Meridien system is visited by a military type vessel from Earth which has apparently been undergoing some violent consolidation of power for quite some time. Having discovered FTL capability, the ship is seeking out the remnants of the original colony fleets of which Meridien is one. While the Meridiens play their aloof attitude with the expectation that they'll leave. Alex Racine suspects more sinister motives and enters the fray undercover to ferret out the truth.
The sci-fi elements are in line with the Silver Ships universe. One new addition is the independent, mobile avatars for the stable of intriguing and highly productive AIs.The unique angle for the tale is a type of reverse alien contact where the arrivals represent a decidedly inferior race, scientifically speaking. The familiar Meridien persona of stuffy upper class Brits who simply want to left alone and operate on the expectation that everyone will comply is on full display and frustrating. Alex does share the creative solutions and action with a few more characters this time. There's an obvious setup for book 5 with Alex recognizing an ominous threat beyond the horizon that will need to be dealt with.
Grover Gardner's narration is excellent as usual with a solid range of voices of both genders. Pacing and tone are most appropriate and make for an enjoyable and quick listen. This is a solid series that continues to deliver and remain fresh.
"The adventure continues"
Another great story. This reminds me of 2 sayings. "Let sleeping dogs lie." and "You mess with the bull's tail, you'll end up with his horns." The action and adventure continue. I'm having a hard time waiting for book 5, "Sol", to be released.
Can't wait for the next book to come out in audible format. Another great book by a great author.
"Great continuation of the saga"
Great narration. Interesting plot, action packed. Looking forward to listening to The Sol. Highly recommended
The characters are well developed and the story flows well. I have to admit that I am invested in all of the characters. Great story!
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