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Will greed lead to the destruction of a sentient alien civilization

Trident's Forge:

Children of a Dead Earth Book Two

by Patrick S. Tomlinson

Angry Robot Books

Sci Fi & Fantasy

Pub Date: April 5, 2016


Humans may have discovered how to live together in peace during their time on the Ark. but that doesn’t mean that human vices, particularly greed, have been extinguished.

Bryan Benson saved humanity once already. Now the denizens of the Ark are settling on Tau Ceti G, building a colony which will hopefully thrive. The natives of the planet, the G’tel are sentient and have their own civilization. When circumstance mandates first contact between the humans and the g’tel, the situation goes drastically awry. An unknown group of natives attacks both the humans and the villagers hosting them. Many on both sides are killed. Suspiciously, the leader of the team, the head of the colony, dies suddenly after being in stable condition throughout the return to the colony. Voices decry the need to attack and eliminate the G’tel.

Bryan Benson decides to stay with the G’tel and investigate alongside their truth-digger Kexx. If they can’t discover who plotted the attack, a war is likely to occur, a war the G-tel have little hope of surviving.

The investigation takes place on two fronts. Bryan’s wife, the new chief of security is examining the roots of the conspiracy at home. Old enemies become new allies in the hopes of finding the truth.

Trident’s Forge is an impressive follow-up to The Ark. Both are riveting page-turners combining mystery and adventure. Patrick Tomlinson does an amazing job in his creation of the G’tel, their bodies, culture, and language. I can’t wait to see what will be in the third book of his trilogy.


Trident’s Forge is available for preorder and will be released April 5, 2016.

I received a copy of Trident’s Forge from the publisher and in exchange for an honest review.



They've made it this far. If only that increased humanity's chances on this new planet...

Against all odds, the Ark and her thirty-thousand survivors have reached Tau Ceti G to begin the long, arduous task of rebuilding human civilization. Meanwhile, on the other side of the world, Tau Ceti G's natives, the G'tel, are coming to grips with the sudden appearance of what many believe are their long-lost Gods.

But first contact between humans and g'tel goes catastrophically wrong, visiting death on both sides. Rumors swirl that the massacre was no accident. The Ark's greatest hero, Bryan Benson, takes on the mystery. Partnered with native 'truth-digger' Kexx, against both of their better judgment, Benson is thrust into the heart of an alien culture with no idea how to tell who wants to worship him from who wants him dead.

Together, Benson and Kexx will have to find enough common ground and trust to uncover a plot that threatens to plunge both of their peoples into an apocalyptic war that neither side can afford to fight.

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