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Resisting Terrorists While Suspected of Being Part of Them
“Snowblind,” by Sean Danker, Independently Published, 2020, 318 pages, #12.99 (paperback), $4.99 (Kindle)
Sean Danker wrote the novel “Admiral” in 2016, a tale of four castaways who have to cross a hostile planet to survive. Three are fresh out of their service academies traveling to their first service assignment. The fourth is the Admiral – an individual unlike any admiral the three newbies have ever met. That was five novels ago. The series was dropped by Penguin, the original publisher. Danker is continuing it independenly.
“Snowblind,” by Sean Danker is the sixth novel in the Evagardian universe, the setting in which the events of “Admiral” took place. It reunites the three graduates from the first novel: Deilani, the medical officer, Nils, the communications and computer wizard, and Salmagard, the negotiator. This time they face even greater than the last time they were thrown together.
They are all stationed aboard the Julian, the Evagardian flagship. On off hours, they get together for dinner at a restaurant on Sterling Station. All three are under a cloud due to their association with the Admiral. Deilani and Salmagard are suspected of disloyalty to the Empress.
Then things really go wrong. New Unity, an insurgent group from Deiani’s home planet of Cohengard begins an attempt to take over both Julian and Sterling Station. The three comrades find themselves caught in the crossfire between New Unity terrorists and Internal Security of the Evagardian Empire. Some of the New Unity insurgents have infiltrated Imperial service and are aboard Julian as crew. Nils, Deilani, and Salmagard are under suspicion. They might be New Unity members. Equally they might be loyal members of the Evagardian Empire in a situation where there are too few loyal troops.
While all this is going on they learn the Admiral is on the prison planet of New Brittia. Watching prisoners fight for survival at New Brittia in a reality show is the popular entertainment in Danker’s future, a interstellar analog to Rome’s gladiatorial games.
As with earlier books, in “Snowblind” Danker offers fast-paced adventure in an intricate plot with generous elements of mystery and horror blended in. It leaves readers wondering what is really going on. That is Danker’s style and a part of the appeal of his book. Readers familiar with the series will find themselves in comfortably uncomfortable surroundings, while new readers will find themselves drawn in to Danker’s world.
“Snowblind” is a great stand-alone story. An intriguing and complex story, it will leave you wanting more. This book, like all of Danker’s stories, is marvelously addictive.
Mark Lardas, an engineer, freelance writer, historian, and model-maker, lives in League City. His website is marklardas.com.