Inspector Keon has finally got over the death of his wife Alysha in a terrorist attack five years ago. The illegal AI copy of her – Liss – that he created to help him mourn has vanished, presumed destroyed. His life is back on track. But a deadly shooting in a police-guarded room in a high-security hospital threatens to ruin everything. Who got past the defences? Why did they kill the seemingly unimportant military officer who had been in a coma for weeks? And why did the scanners pick up the deceased man the next day on the other side of the planet, seemingly alive and well?
As Keon digs into the mysteries he begins to realise that the death was connected to a mysterious object, potentially alien, discovered buried in ice under the north pole. Someone has worked out what is hidden there, and what its discovery will mean for mankind. Someone who is willing to kill.
And another player has entered the game. Someone who seems to know more about Keon than is possible.
Someone who might be using Liss’s information against him.
Or who might be Alysha, back from the dead.
From Distant Stars is the long-awaited sequel to Sam Peters From Darkest Skies which sees our main character, Keon Rause, yet again – lose complete control of the world around him as he finds himself face to face with the deaths of many influential Magentians as well as a mystery spanning thousands of years. Little does Rause realise that he is digging into his past once again, bringing up freshly healed wounds of his dead wife, Alysha. As things being to unravel, Rause begins to see the web of lies that started over five years ago and finds himself questioning everyone around him.
Much anticipated, eagerly awaited – I just couldn’t not request this next novel when the e-mail dropped into my account. I thoroughly enjoyed the seamless writing that Peters brought to the masses in From Darkest Skies as he effortlessly blended world-building with high-intensity action, character creation, and a style of writing that just pulled you in right from the beginning. Yet again, Peters did not disappoint as I was thrust easily back into Keon’s life – it was as if I had never left!
Though it was inevitable that Distant Stars would play on some aspects of Darkest Skies, I was not prepared for the brilliant blending of the two novels that Peters brings to the table. We not only receive an altogether different story-line with new, and old, characters and a new mystery that, yet again, absorbs, destroys, and questions much of Keon’s life – we find that this new mystery wholly submerges us into the nitty gritty of all the information we were missing and questioning from the first – in particular the dirty details surrounding Alysha’s betrayal of the Tesseract and her untimely death. This was in no way a generic sequel that sees the protagonist playing on his past to make you feel sympathetic for him in a direction altogether different from the first novel (think generic detective crime series like Jack Reacher etc), but saw everything we had read previously poured into the new investigation and all of the events taking place. It was as if we had literally picked up from the last word, on the last page and really helped you to understand and relate more to Rause.
It says a lot when I finished this book in one day, with nary a moment without my nose in between the pages – it was gripping and intense. With not a single dull scene to be remembered, I found myself falling further and further into the writing as I began to get a better understanding of each characters backstory and what drove them to where they are today. The loyalties of each of the characters are truly tested in this second novel as their lives are, once again, put at risk with a threat that seems far deadlier than previous. The novel was immersive and filled with many webs leading back to the centre. Sometimes all these different strands did leave me extremely confused – particularly when faced with characters having multiple conversations at once – however, Peters neatly ties everything up as the novel comes to a close with no loose threads left hanging around. The narratives were closed off effectively with no sign of disappointment, and helped to bring closure to both myself, and the characters. Yet again, Peters leaves us with some more unfinished business – business I hope will lead us back into the world of Magenta.