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The Eclipsing of Sirus C: A Dryden Universe Novel - Daniel B. Hunt

At first glance it would seem that the 'Dryden Universe' mentioned in the subtitle of The Eclipsing of Sirus C would require a prior familiarity with this setting (developed by the artists' group The Dryden Experiment and made available for general writers' use), but in reality, no prior knowledge is required.


In this future world a Major embarks on a special mission to offer her hacker brother an opportunity to reverse his desertion sentence (punishable by death) and help their cause. Her team is tasked with stealing a rare technology by hacking into an alien supercomputer, and Rafe's skills could be the key to their success.


Impossible as both missions sound, things are about to get a lot more complicated, because alien technology is anything but predictable and the forces brought to life in the course of their efforts are complex, embracing singularities, changing universes, manipulation on a cosmic scale no human as ever attempted, and a newfound understanding of what arises in its place when a complex system dies.


By now it should be evident that there are several prerequisites for a thorough enjoyment of The Eclipsing of Sirus C: among them, affection for military and hard sci-fi. There's much in the way of military sci-fi on the current market but, sadly, increasingly fewer hard sci-fi reads which embrace scientific foundations in the course of presenting an adventure.


That The Eclipsing of Sirus C provides both in a riveting, changing saga is a tribute to one of its strengths: its ability to blend protagonist interests, special missions, and powerfully believable futuristic encounters and to add plenty of life and intrigue into this mix with an action-packed series of encounters.


Don't expect complex psychology and depth in Daniel Hunt's protagonists, though. Readers seeking deep emotional connections might find themselves with more action than detailed insights into anything more than the cursory motivations and emotions of protagonists.


Hunt's intention isn't to provide gripping characters nor even to explain the technology involved. Instead, he builds a universe powered with just enough science and psychology to involve readers and then adds plenty of gripping twists and unexpected moments to bring the thriller portions to life.


The result is especially recommended for sci-fi readers looking for a solid, good adventure read powered by a group's special goal of saving not just their people, but possibly the universe.