Conrad Harris is the legend known as Lazarus, and he has died hundreds of times. Using simulant bodies, he runs suicide missions in the depths of space. But he always comes back.
As commanding officer of the Lazarus Legion, Harris and his elite Simulant Operations team are humanity’s last line of defence against the hostile alien race known as the Krell.
Having survived their ordeal on Helios, they’re now leading a large-scale mission to the perilous, unexplored region of the Damascus Rift. There, another Artefact has been discovered. It is the product of an ancient alien life form – and a possible weapon to be used against the Krell.
This Artefact could finally help humanity win the war. But what Harris and the Lazarus Legion will discover there is from their worst nightmares . . .
In general this books is a fairly ordinary military marine grunt story combined with a discovery and investigation of an ancient alien civilization. Well the first discovery itself was done prior to this book but they do indeed discover new aspects of this alien civilization during the course of this book. To complicate the situation the humans are, surprise surprise, at war between themselves as well.
What sets the book apart somewhat is the simulant technology with which the marines transfer the consciousness into artificially grown bodies.
It is a good adventure story although, personally, I could have been without the human versus human conflict part and the sabotage, infiltration and general mess this causes. The mystery of the ancient alien race and the war against the Krell would have been quite sufficient for me.
Harris (Lazarus) and his team are sent to investigate a second artefact together with a small fleet and a reluctant as well as obstructive Admiral commanding the fleet. This second artefact is not as similar to the first one as they believe and some, costly, surprises await them. As I hinted above the situation is much complicated by the human versus human conflict and infiltrators and saboteurs are doing their best to screw our friends.
As the situation grow dire our friends have to use the ancient technology in the artefact to survive. As the book ends the future does look uncertain for our friends. The ending is indeed quite a bit of a cliff-hanger.
It was an enjoyable read, not wow great as far as I am concerned, but definitely enjoyable. Good characters and adequately well written. I will certainly pick up the next one in this series.