Item description for Auch Das Schone by Stephanie Dyrkacz Weidner...
With a galactic war imminent, Captain Katherine Mitchell of Colony III-a must prepare herself and her station as best she can. But everyone on Colony III-a has a secret, and when a much more dangerous threat appears and an ancient prophecy demands to be fulfilled, the well-hidden secrets can no longer stay in the shadows. Whether the future contains love and forgiveness or only death depends on Mitchell's small team of soldiers and a strange young girl whose face has never been seen.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.5" Width: 6.38" Height: 0.72" Weight: 0.8 lbs.
Publisher Silver Lake Publishing
ISBN 1931095310 ISBN13 9781931095310
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Engaging characters Jun 16, 2005
Captain Katherine Mitchell has come to take command of the scientific colony Colony III-a, a joint venture by humans and the alien species, N'Darie. She hadn't bargained for the blatant disrespect shown her by the N'Darie representative on Colony III-a, S'tahn of the great house V'dnair. S'tahn, despite his nominal role as ambassador, is ambivalent towards humans. He has brought his sister, Karai, to the colony with him. Karai is heavily veiled, to hide the shame of her "genetic defect." Undercurrents warn Katherine that there is more to the story than this.
Just as Mitchell and S'tahn settle into an uneasy alliance, peace is disrupted when a third species declares war. Whisperings surface in the colony, referring to an ancient N'Darie prophecy of the Chosen. Mitchell can't help but wonder if the N'Darie are as blameless as they claim in the onset of this war. With the help of her commander, Jorg Körber, and subcommanders Tony Fernandez and Cyndy Jackson, she organizes the colony's evacuation, only to discover that humans are caught in the middle of an intergalactic war, with a mysterious someone pulling all the strings.
This book is the first in a series. As such, it must set the stage for a far larger story. Ms. Weidner creates a well-structured story, and explores the tensions that necessarily arise between contrasting cultures. A number of her characters are quite intriguing: the stiff and bitter Cyndy Jackson; the arrogant, but conflicted S'tahn; the fireball, Dr. Mitsuya; and the mysterious, hesitant Karai.
I enjoyed the secretive aspects of the book, which left a reader reaching for new ideas, and guessing what happens next. Sometimes I was right, and sometimes I was wrong, but it certainly kept my mind engaged in the plot. Perhaps this is why I had such trouble switching gears when the political intrigue was suddenly put on the back burner in favor of problems in several cross-cultural romantic relationships. Apart from a melodramatic tinge, these were well done. It was not, however, the story I thought I was reading. Eventually, the book did return to the main plot, with a satisfactory conclusion/cliffhanger, preparing us for the next installment.
Ms. Weidner is a good writer, with an excellent grasp of the complexities of character interactions. The book is lively and interesting. I look forward to the next in the series.
Jeanette Cottrell, author of At Risk of Being a Fool