The Unreachable Stars (The Human Chronicles #11) by T. R. Harris
My rating: 8 out of 10 stars
Captain Adam Cain, US NAVY SEALs (RET), is a hero to Humanity, with high schools named after him and in demand for celebrity appearances throughout the Orion-Cygnus Union star empire. All in all, it’s a pretty good life after twenty years of death-defying adventures among the stars….
Yet all that is about to change….
In The Unreachable Stars – Book #11 in The Human Chronicles Saga – Adam finds himself inadvertently pulled into a galaxy-wide political struggle and deception where nothing but the very survival of the Milky Way is at stake.
As the story opens…
The five-thousand-year-old mutant alien Panur has parted ways with the ravenous Sol-Kor and their Queen, seeking refuge with Adam Cain at his Lake Tahoe home. But all is not peaches and cream, as the Queen has made the Milky Way Galaxy an offer it can’t refuse: Return Panur to me in exchange for immunity from attack.
Now, with an entire galaxy out gunning for them, Adam and Panur narrowly escape the first attempt to capture the mutant, and they head off into space in Adam’s suped-up Pegasus II starship, seeking protection and support from a whole assortment of characters from Adam’s past. This includes his old sidekick Riyad Tarazi, the aliens Kaylor and Jym, the leader of the Fringe Pirates Angar, as well as the voluptuous Arieel Bol. You’ll also be introduced to some new characters along the way, including Regina Greywood, Riyad’s new co-pilot and over-sexed love interest. But the most-intriguing is Arieel’s daughter, Lila. This young alien is destined for great things….
As you can imagine, it’s hard to relax for even a minute when you have an entire galaxy after you. And it’s especially frustrating when Panur has come up with a way to rid the galaxy of the Sol-Kor menace for good–but no one will believe you. All they want is to capture Panur, even if it means the death of Adam Cain and his friends.
This book is perhaps not the best in The Human Chronicles series but it is certainly not the worst either which means that it is an enjoyable Science Fiction adventure story with a good dose of action and some humour.
This instalment focuses a lot on Adam Cain and the alien mutant Panur. I have to say that I have taken quite a liking to this creature which is obviously insanely intelligent but at the same time frequently behaves like a spoiled child. The interactions between Adam and Panur are quite entertaining.
As the book blurb states, Adam and Panur is forced on the run with the entire Galaxy hunting them due to the offer that Sol-Kor queen has made. This actually annoyed me quite a lot. Every single race, including the humans, behave like complete idiots not only believing the sincerity of this treacherous enemy race and their offer but the fact that they even contemplate handing back the chief architect behind the enemies war machine and technology to the enemy is simply beyond stupidity!
Well, at least it sets the stage for some good old-fashioned Adam Cain style of action. The story is the usual roller coaster ride where Adam kicks some alien butts and, in this instalment, a few human ones as well. Of course he has the help of quite a few of his old friends.
The blurb states that Panur has come up with a way to rid the galaxy of the Sol-Kor menace for good. Well, that is a bit of an overstatement perhaps. His solution was less impressive than I expected and it was also certainly not something you threw together in a garage considering that it involved some slightly cumbersome ingredients like white dwarf stars and black holes. The latter of course hade to be gathered while the humans and the Juireans, in their continued stupidity, did their best to stop him still believing the Sol-Kor over the hero of the galaxy. As I wrote earlier, I found that part rather frustrating.
Just to complicate matters the author throws in Arieel’s daughter who turns out to have some extraordinary capabilities and who also turns out to be…nah that would be too much of a spoiler.
After the dust has settled the ending, although generally a positive one, leaves me a bit split in that there are indeed a few things that are lost in the process. Again I cannot really be too specific since it would be too much of a spoiler.
On the whole this is an enjoyable “classic” Adam Cain adventure story though and I would say that if you liked the other books in the series this one will not disappoint.