HUMANITY IS WIPED OUT IN LESS THAN TWO MONTHS
Burned from Earth and the colonies by a vicious and cunning foe, Mankind is believed extinct. Guilt of genocide hangs heavy on the enemy conscience, however, and centuries later their society remains divided by it.
Disappearances of ships and crews in deep space spark rumors in religious communities. Most scoff at the fearful muttering, dismissing it as superstition or overabundant piety; but in their hearts, they know the genocide was a great crime. And where all of their advanced technology has failed to provide an explanation, the rumors may be true…
“Ravenous, Angry Ghosts have come for revenge.”
A THOUSAND YEARS HAVE PASSED SINCE HUMANS BREATHED TERRESTRIAL AIR
Experimentation at Cadre One was inhuman…so far beyond legal or moral restriction, if word reached the civilian governments of Earth what occurred there the trials would have rivaled those at Nürnberg.
Thus, the facility was built in remote space where prying eyes could not interfere. Such fervent devotion to secrecy is how it avoided the enemy’s killing sweeps, and weapons development proceeded, unhindered.
Follow Thompson, Argo, and Beckert—three of the Cadre’s finest Operators—as they take the fight to the heart of enemy strength and prove that mankind is far from being on its knees…
FOR A CADRE OPERATOR, THERE IS NO RETIREMENT BUT DEATH
Thompson, Argo, and Beckert limp back to Cadre One in a stolen transport. The reconnaissance mission to occupied Earth has left them broken, barely alive. But in the terabytes of raw data recovered, Cadre Techs find evidence of another covert research station called, ‘Cadre Two.’ If it exists, could it have escaped the genocide like Cadre One? Could there be survivors?
Cadre Operators quietly don their gear and prepare for rotation. Beneath their stoic exteriors, they know Cadre Two could be a burned out shell. Or, it could be a trove of lost technologies, possibly a refuge should the ancient machinery at Cadre One fail…
…if the saffron-eyed alien hasn’t found it first.
THE NEED TO SERVE IS BRED IN THE BONE AND HONED TO A RAZOR’S EDGE
Thompson, Argo, and Maiella were once the inseparable Team Spectre, unequaled in lethality and stealth. But mistaken identity aboard the Colony Ship Europa led to seventeen human deaths. In a time where all mankind numbers fewer than two-thousand, taking human life is the only unforgivable crime.
For Argo, nothing matters more than restoring his honorable place in the Operator Corps. For Maiella, subservience to authority is no longer enough, and she searches for a master even greater than the Cadre. But Thompson has not faced his demons from the Europa disaster. He must decide where his loyalties lie, and quickly, because the hellstorm unleashed during his mission to Earth is catching up with them all.
NO LONGER A CAPTIVE
Shondre has won the trust of her Colonist hosts, and she leads the first delegation for peace in nearly twelve hundred years. If not for the Counselor’s incessant petitions to General O’Kai for release, she would have died, famished and alone. Now, there is a real chance to heal the rift and cleanse both peoples of their ancient crimes.
O’Kai’s attention is fixed elsewhere, however. To cover the Europa’s escape from Cadre One, he has committed to an all-out assault of Humanity’s lost home world, Earth. Success means wiping out every Eleto in a reverse genocide. Should the assault fail, there is no place of retreat. Thus, he has sent his stalwart first officer, Colonel Shao-Lo, back to Cadre Two with orders to pacify it by any means necessary.
Armed only with her wits and stoic attitude, Shao-Lo confronts the depths of Cadre Two’s depravity. Honniker and Mikato entice her with weaponry so powerful it could swing the tide of combat in Humanity’s favor forever. But in return, they demand she undergo a procedure so extreme, no act of medical cruelty has ever approached it…
Hatred and revenge vie against love and forgiveness in the powerful conclusion, Plasma Rain.