The survivors of the oldest moon colony have been revived from cryostasis and brought to Cerberus Redoubt, leaving behind an enemy in deep, frozen sleep. But betrayal and treachery bring the rebel stronghold under siege by the resurrected demon king of a lost world. With a prize hostage in tow to lure Kane and his fellow warriors, he retreats to the uncharted planet of mystery and impossibility for a final act of madness.
Two centuries after the nuclear conflagration, humanity has endured the fallout of a power struggle reaching far beyond mankind's mistakes to a battle as old as time. The failure of the nine human-hybrid barons to fulfill a new blueprint for earth's domination is a partial victory for those dedicated to halting the tide of extinction engulfing the human race. But the battle is far from over.
The survivors of the oldest moon colony have been revived from cryostasis and brought to Cerberus Redoubt, leaving behind an enemy in a deep, frozen sleep. But betrayal and treachery brings the rebel stronghold under siege by the resurrected demon king of a lost world. With a prize hostage in tow to lure Kane and his fellow warriors, he retreats to the uncharted planet of mystery and impossibility for a final act of madness. From the great pyramids of Mars, earth's destiny will come full circle....
Wow, whenever I think the best books in this series must already have been written, Mark Ellis manages to once again come up with an awesome science fiction adventure blockbuster that blows me away. Here in Mad God's Wrath, we see what is a sequel of sorts to the novel Dragoneye. After Kane's battle with Maccan on the moon base, leaving the crazed alien in stasis in a coffin, we get to see what happens from that point of the story.
This book begins with the prologue showing Maccan's release from his prison. But his involvement in the book happens later. First there is a very exciting series of events on the California coast, with Kane Grant and Brigid involved in an adventure that gets from bad to worse in a thrilling action sequence that would be so cool to see in a movie. Come to think of it, this whole book would make for an awesome movie. But while they are occupied here, trouble comes for the crew in the Cerberus base.
Maccan's invasion of the Cerberus redoubt is the next portion of the book that shows a perspective from Lakesh, Domi, and the rest of the crew, in more exciting and page turning action sequences. It was cool to see the Cerberus crew, along with members of the Manitus moon base personnel, hold their own against an invading force.
But there is much more, and here is where Parallax Red, the fifth book in the series, makes a great prequel for this novel. The adventure soon brings Kane and his friends back to Mars. I always wanted to see them return there, and in this book, Ellis treats the reader to another trip to the red planet. More thrilling and fascinating adventure ensues here, bringing the story to a gripping finish.
With great action, adventure, incredible weapons, returning characters, fascinating locations, heros struggling against ancient aliens, this novel is among the best stories I've read in this series yet. Cover to cover, it reads like a rocket, I give it a ten!