Halcyon (Humanity Book 1)
David M. Kuszmar
August 4, 2014
When first contact is made with a sentient alien species, humanity finds itself embroiled in a silent war unlike anything imagined in even the most violent of escapist war fantasies. As millions die, internal pressures reach a critical mass and the future of the Federated Systems of Humanity becomes uncertain. Across the scope of human space, revolutionaries make use of this unforeseen opportunity to split away from a society mired in a complicated snare of its own fashioning. Can humanity survive its greatest challenge yet?
Humanity is at a pivotal point in history on many fronts – first contact with an alien species, unfathomable technological advances, and society in a delicate balance between corporations that practically own everything and the essentially ornamental government that still exists in the Federated Systems of Humanity.
In David M. Kuszmar’s debut novel, Halcyon (Humanity Book 1), readers are immediately immersed into what civilization could be like in the future from five different perspectives – a top secret research scientist on the forefront of miraculous technological advancement, a naval officer pilot on the front lines of a devastating war in space, a corporate executive living among the elite, a highly skilled mercenary, and a marine who ends up in two front lines – on the ground with the enemies and in front of the press for the marines..
Halycon is a very promising first installment of what is set to be a three-part series, with room for expansion beyond that within the universe, according to the author. The varied perspectives help the reader see the multiple sides of a large scale space war while keeping the story progression engaging and interesting.