Harnessing the secrets of selective mutation, the psionic abilities of its nobility and benevolent rule of a fair queen, the city-kingdom of Aten remains insular, but safe. Now, Aten faces a desparate fight for survival -- a battle that will lure Kane and his companions into the conflict, where a deadly alliance with the Imperator to hunt out the dark forces of treason could put the Cerberus warriors one step closer to their goal of saving humanity... or damn them, and their dreams, to the desert dust.
The nine barons of post-nuclear America are succumbing to the tides of insurrection, a war that threatens to bring about the extinction of not only the weakening oligarchy, but the entire hybrid race. As the battle for power and territory rages on between the weary barons and the increasingly powerful and dangerous Imperator, the rebels of Cerberus press on, driven by the hope that humanity will someday have the choice that only freedom from enslavement can allow: a chance to reclaim the planet.
Hidden deep within the canyons of the California desert, the city-kindom of Aten thrives, resplendent with the glory and prosperity of ancient Egypt. Harnessing the secrets of selective mutation, the psionic abilities of its nobility and benevolent rule of a fair Queen, the metropolis remains insular, but safe. Now Aten faces a desperate fight for survival -- a battle that will lure Kane and his companions into the conflict, where a deadly alliance with the Imperator to hunt out the dark forces of treason could put the Cerberus wariors one step closer to their goal of saving humanity... or damn them, and their dreams, to the desert dust.
This is a very enjoyable read, from the first page to the last. Every chapter is interesting, imaginative and moves the story forward at a good pace.
The opening scenes with the mag called Decard bring the reader into the story even before we meet the regular Cerberus crew. While the overall plot arc of the novel is simple, involving getting equipment to help Quavell stay healthy, the story takes many twists and turns along the way, and before long, the reader is caught up in all kinds of cool and imaginative adventures. They discover an amazing Egyptian-like city hidden in the mountains.
From animal-human hybrid warriors to psi-ability priests, to animal helmeted warriors to red-eyed Egyptian queens, and more, the Cerberus crew meets all kinds of interesting characters as they search for the equipment Quavell needs. But wait, there is more... the return of Erica van Sloan and her warriors throws a major monkey wrench into the works for Kane and his friends.
The dialog and drama of the middle portion of the story is done very well, a gripping and intense battle of diplomacy between Kane's crew, Erica, and the queen.
The scenes taking place in the necropolis are excellent, and what really was awesome was Kane's vision confronting his father. Fantastic scene!
This is among the best books written yet in this series, the writing is nearly flawless and always entertaining. The only mistake that confused me was one scene in the crypt, when Grant and his crew fought the three animal-men and the two skull-capped men. Initially, it was stated that three skull-capped men entered the corridor.
I highly recommend this book to anyone who likes cool, fun adventure, even if you don't read this series, it is worth your time to check it out. Another 10 star book out of many from this high quality series.