Trident’s Forge


Humans have arrived on Tau Ceti G, their new home – but it was already inhabited by the g’tel. The first official meeting ceremony between humans and the g’tel ends in disaster, with deaths on each side. Now Constable Benson is brought out of retirement and paired with a g’tel ‘truth-digger’ to crack the case so the humans and g’tel have a chance to learn to live together.

File Under: Science Fiction [ First Contact | Last Massacre | Truth and Lies | Welcome to Our Planet ]

The second book in the Children of a Dead Earth series

They’ve made it this far. If only that increased humanity’s chances on this new planet… Against all odds, the Ark and her thirty-thousand survivors have reached Tau Ceti G to begin the long, arduous task of rebuilding human civilization. Meanwhile, on the other side of the world, Tau Ceti G’s natives, the G’tel, are coming to grips with the sudden appearance of what many believe are their long-lost Gods.

But first contact between humans and G’tel goes catastrophically wrong, visiting death on both sides. Rumours swirl that the massacre was no accident. The Ark’s greatest hero, Bryan Benson, takes on the mystery. Partnered with native ‘truth-digger’ Kexx, against both of their better judgement, Benson is thrust into the heart of an alien culture with no idea how to tell who wants to worship him from who wants him dead.

Together, Benson and Kexx will have to find enough common ground and trust to uncover a plot that threatens to plunge both of their peoples into an apocalyptic war that neither side can afford to fight.

First published in massmarket paperback in the US on 5th April 2016