April 9, 2012

Empery by Michael Kube-McDowell

Title:  Empery
Author:  Michael Kube-McDowell
Format:  PB
Pages:  325
Genre:  Science Fiction
Publisher:  Ace, 1987
ISBN-13:   978-0425098875 
Series:  Trigon Disunity, Book 3

Favorite Quote:  >I understand.  Come, Merritt Thackery.  Come and be one with us.<

Synopsis (PBS):  The first human interstellar civilization was destroyed by the Mizari-alien Sterilizers from a black star in the Ursa Major cluster. Sixty thousand years later, humanity's far-flung remnants have reunited to form a new galactic empire. The Unified Worlds are vibrant, restless, outward bound-and haunted by the ever-present threat of the shadowy Mizari.

A system of Sentinels and Shields monitors the frontier, while mighty Defender ships protect the home worlds. But are they enough to counter the Sterilizers? Defense Director Wells thinks not. He spearheads the development of the world-wrecking Triad weapon to battle the enemy. Chancellor Janell Sujata opposes his plan, and pits herself against the Nines, the elitist secret society of which Wells is a leading member.

But visionary Merritt Thackery will decide the fate of both races, alien and human. The aged explorer races his stolen ship toward the Mizari system, hurling into the unknown risks of imminent contact-or intergalactic extermination...

Review:  A great ending to a great series.  I loved every minute of it.  I won't be reading another Science Fiction right away.  I'm afraid it would pale by comparison.  I love the characters.  I love the aliens.  I love the ships.  I love everything about this story.

Rating:  10 / 10

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