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In the 300 years after defeating the Thandol Empire, Mirikami formed the Galactic Police Force. It isn’t a cop-on-the-corner force. The GPF is paramilitary with naval assets, patrolling the Federation and the former Empire. The GPF guards against threats by the old Empire’s most aggressive species. 

A murderous Finth pack is secretly mining rare earth minerals on a clueless new Carbola colony, selling via intermediaries to the Planetary Union. The minerals maintain Kobani superconducting physiology for the transformed PU citizens. Controlling the supply, the Finth intend to provoke a war between the PU and their Federation competitor. Both need rare elements for their populations. A Federation distracted by war would allow the Finth to carve a new empire from the old fragments. To keep mineral thefts secret, Carbola miners die nightly in the jaws and claws of Finth Hunter-Killer packs, simulating wild animal attacks out of the unexplored wilderness. When unexpected help arrives, it looks more terrifying than the problem. 

A Thandol emperor of one their factions enslaved a nearby species. Stewart Macdougal, a retired Federation president, vanished on a mission to investigate the reports. The Olt’kitapi reveal that he’s missing to Mirikami and innocently describe how they know precisely where he is. The embedded Kobani Comtap communicators, based on an Olt’kitapi design, has a hitherto unknown tracking capability. Stewart’s life is in imminent danger, forcing Mirikami and Maggi to immediately rush to the rescue. Things don’t go as planned, but the fireworks are impressive. 

Challenges continue for the GPF. The Thack Delos reveal new technology after they draw Mirikami and Ambassador Fisher into a trap. Tired of paying reparations for nuclear weapons used in the last war, the Thack Delos can void the contract only if the negotiators are dead. A Kobani lives too damned long, but there’s a simple cure! 

A peaceful visit by a GPF contact team to a species named the Corelians goes horribly awry. Before humans even left their home system, a radio broadcast to the galaxy at-large by the distant aliens proved there was life elsewhere. Faster Jump travel made a visit practical, if not welcome. The downy furred little aliens went berserk at first contact. 

Finally, the Silha, an ancient elevated species, make an offer to the Olt’kitapi and the Kobani, to open up an immense region of space to them. Instant wormhole travel to 10,000 galaxies of a supercluster, provided they support a “little” project. The Olt’kitapi are to build multispecies habitats in each galaxy, and the GPF to provide protection from hostiles. Its exploration and adventure the Kobani can’t resist. There’s an initial scouting trip to Andromeda, using five new identical ships the Silha somehow replicates. But who knew Andromeda was so well organized? Three dominant species control everything, and they don’t want intruders. The great adventure is ending in disaster before it starts. Pulling rabbits out of an empty hat is the least of Mirikami’s problem. He’s trying to survive the day, and there are a million ways to fail. 

©2020 Stephen W Bennett (P)2020 Stephen W Bennett

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  • Edward
  • 25-06-20

The perfect Way to Continue this Saga

When a series gets to a certain point they have a tendency to just start repeating themselves. Well Stephen Bennett has found a way to keep this series fresh, exciting and stimulating with this book. By taking advantage of the premise of the extremely long lives of the Kobani then projecting out 300 years into their future, he has found new challenges for them to overcome without too much repetition of what has come before. When taking in the series as a whole, this is the perfect way to continue it. I hope he continues to keep producing stories like this that will hop, skip and jump through time providing completely new challenges for Captain Mirikami and his friends to overcome. When you are not worried about time it opens up so many possibilities. I'd love to see what the Kobani will be doing another few centuries down the road.

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  • Karen D. Bartley
  • 29-06-20

Great addition!

This is another great installment in the Koban story. Love the story and narration. I can’t wait for the next installment!

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  • bluestategirl
  • 09-11-20

Fantastic new direction for the series!

Wow! Still by far my favorite SciFi series, and this new direction provides all the action and science thrills I've come to expect from my favorite SciFi author! And frankly, I'm amazed! While the first 2 Universe books were highly entertaining, they were their own stories, connected to the Koban series, but with a more intimate view of a few characters and their adventures. With this 3rd novel in the Universe series, Steve has given us a surprise gift: The first novel set in the future of the Kobani experience, with new tech, new aliens, new conflicts and new opportunities for the Kobani to grow toward becoming an elevated species! Wow! I did not expect that twist, and it left me wanting more -- which, let's face it, is always how I feel after I finish every one of the Kobani books. Thank you, Steve! I'll be patiently watching for the next book in this new series, and it's so great to know that the Kobani story will go on! Highly Recommended!

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  • Dan
  • 02-11-20

Love Koban and Steven Bennett's writing!!!

It is all about character development, something Bennett has in all his books! Totally enjoyable!!!

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  • Sam
  • 13-10-20

Wow. Even with so much already

I certainly can’t fault Bennett for another book as I do enjoy the Koban Universe. I certainly did not think you could write more about this subject but it seems I was wrong yet again. The ability to find new and exciting foes is amazing. I can’t wait to hear about the continuing saga of the kobani.

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  • Truth Matters
  • 04-10-20

long awaited & not disappointed

Long awaited resumption of the Kobani series. Seemed a little disjointed at 1st with segments I wasn't sure were related, but all were interesting stories on their own. It's been so long since I read the last Kobani book, I probably would've seemed more cohesive if I'd reread that before this one as a refresher. If you haven't read any Kobani books yet I recommend you start at the beginning & enjoy the whole wonderful series! Good to have some old beloved & some new characters including Alien compatriots and protagonists. The concept of species with brains in their posteriors was sort of bizarre, perhaps a literal exemplification of a common saying as a bit of not so subtle humor? I don't know how theoretically possible Kobani humans are, but it's a fun premise, which may require some suspension of disbelief, but I'm okay with that - it's no different than vampires & other fantasy creatures. They've definitely got features I could be happy to have! I like the imagination that goes into the aliens in this series. They aren't as stereotypical as many Sci Fy stories are. The last segment of the book was much longer and sets us up for the direction following books likely will go & likely tie together the earlier storylines in this book in a more comprehensive way. I definitely enjoyed listening to this book and eagerly await the next. I'm also very happy this wasn't a short 5-7 hour book like many authors are putting out these days. I miss the days when 11-20 hour books were more common and a 30 hour book was a long book instead of today's norm in which 14 hours is the new long & 5 or 6 the average. This book was satisfyingly not a quickie & even more importantly didn't get it's length from filler or repetition, but rather from substance, from storylines 'that move the series forward. This book will leave you wanting to know what's going to happen next, but not feeling like you didn't get enough in this one. Thank you.

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  • Virginia
  • 16-09-20

Just amazing

I want these books made into a movie or miniseries. Stephen is a gift to science fiction.

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  • Everett Jenkins
  • 02-08-20

I love this series.

This book doesnt feel like the Koban Universe series, it feels more like the newest installment in the original and just as good.

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  • Jeremiah
  • 17-07-20

well worth it can't wait for more

loved it was ridiculously happy when I saw this book hope we continue getting additions in this series so much more they can do

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  • Justin
  • 09-07-20

Meh

No real threat of loss. They have no big bad to over come. it's like they can't get to the point during their conversations always go on side conversations.

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