Kevin J. Anderson has over 15 million books in print in 27 languages worldwide. He is the author of, among others, the X-FILES novels GROUND ZERO and the JEDI ACADEMY trilogy of STAR WARS novels - the three bestselling SF novels of 1994. He has also co-written the international bestselling prequels to Frank Herbert's monumental DUNE series. He has won, or been nominated for, many awards including the Nebula Award and the Bram Stoker Award.
The interstellar conflict between hydrogues (aliens that live at the core of gas-giant planets) and faeros (fire entities that dwell within stars) and its impact on a dazzling array of alien and human species propel bestseller Anderson's third thrilling installment in his Seven Suns saga (after 2003's Hidden Empire and 2002's A Forest of Stars). In the third wave of this SF tsunami, an important Earth Defense Force asset, ekti star fuel, is compromised when rebels refuse to donate all ekti to the defense effort, leading Terran Hanseatic League Chairman Basil Wenceslas (the power behind semi-puppet monarchs King Peter and Queen Estarra) to declare war on the rebels. Adding to the fireworks are human-hating Klikiss robots who break an old Ildiran peace pact, a brewing Ildiran civil war and Ildiran secret experiments that impinge on Mage-Imperator Jora'h's relationship with green priest Nira Khali. Crackling with energy and buzzing with action, this hot summer read bodes well for future nail-biting episodes. Agents, John Silbersack, Robert Gottlieb and Kim Whalen at Trident Media Group. (July 29) Forecast: Anderson broke the Guinness world record for "Largest Single-Author Signing," surpassing the previous records set by Colin Powell and Howard Stern. A Nebula Award nominee, he may well win one on the strength of this series. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
The third epic in Anderson's "Saga of Seven Suns" continues its entertaining and imaginative journey through the 25th century. The incredibly destructive interstellar war between the alien hydrogues and faeros, the driving force behind most of the action, wreaks divisive havoc on the lives of humans and aliens alike. Political machinations not unfamiliar to this day and age surround trade in ekti fuel, the power source for interstellar flight. Human and Ildiran civilizations both verge on civil war, and while strange creatures called Wentels appear to be allies in the struggle against the hydrogues, it also becomes increasingly obvious that the Klikiss robots favor those gas giants. Surprisingly complex relationships and deep character development create an enjoyable listen; George Guidall's narration is, as usual, first-rate. Recommended for public libraries where the print versions and prior installments were popular.-Douglas C. Lord, Connecticut State Lib., Hartford Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.