Arwen Elys Dayton
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The Kinley built a ship capable of traveling faster than light. It carried a group of scientists to a small, distant planet—a primitive place called Earth. It’s mission was peaceful observation. But when the ship was destroyed, the Kinley crew found themselves stranded in ancient Egypt, participants in the pageant of life in the time of the Pharaohs. They buried remnants of their technology deep beneath the desert and sent a last desperate message home…
Five thousand years later, the Kinley homeworld hovers on the brink of extinction. An enemy that nearly obliterated their race has risen again—now with the ability to destroy them for good. A lone Kinley soldier named Pruit is sent on a desperate mission: to follow the ancient beacon back to Earth and recover the secrets to faster than light travel.
It is their last hope. Technology that once allowed them to cross vast reaches of space might allow them to outrun their enemies and find a safe world to call their own. But Pruit’s mission will be harder than she can imagine. Her quest will draw her enemies after her and will awaken ancient foes on Earth. As she gets closer to what she seeks, she will find each adversary willing to risk everything to stop her. Each hoping to steal the knowledge for themselves. The rivals will meet in modern-day Egypt and their struggle will alter the fate of worlds.
it right now.” He brushed a strand of hair from her face. “I’ll get you water.” He brought her a glass and helped her sit up to drink. When she had taken several small sips, she shook her head, and he put the glass aside. She rested an arm on his leg, and he held her other hand. Their motions with each other had become much more intimate after the hospital. Eddie felt the warmth of her hand lying along his thigh. He gently lifted it and kissed her palm. “I miss you while you’re in that suit.”
other end were the medical station, the food station, and a large, dark structure, loosely the shape of a box, that stretched from floor to ceiling. This was the sentient tank. They would not need it until later in their trip. Next to the tank was the shower, and Pruit walked carefully toward it. She and Niks said nothing else, not yet. He knew it took several minutes to become oriented after waking, and he gave her time to adjust. She dropped the blanket and stepped into the shower. As the
decided later she did not want him around, she did not think it would be difficult to lose him. “All right.” An hour later, she and Eddie were up on the Giza Plateau, that desert prominence that held three enormous pyramids and a city’s worth of other burial structures. They stood directly beneath the Great Pyramid, squinting in the bright morning light. It rose above them, tier upon tier of brown weathered blocks falling gently up and away until the four sides reached each other at the very
the Engineer and Doctor exchange a look and continued quickly, “I just…I thought it was a good idea to keep track of him. But now there are only a few weeks left until he goes with you. You should have it. Watch it. Make sure he doesn’t do anything strange.” “What would he do?” They were both looking at the Lion as if he had gone a bit crazy. “Just don’t trust him all the way. Please.” His voice had an edge of desperation. “All right, Lion,” the Engineer said, pocketing the display. “If that’s
horizon. There were already stars visible in the east. “How far away is home?” he asked her. “Eight light-years, give or take.” Even though she had traveled it, this distance seemed unreal to her. It was only a number. “How long did it take you?” For Eddie, travel measured in light-years was beyond the scope of anything but science fiction. She leaned back onto the rock beneath her and looked up at the sky. “Eighteen years.” “God,” he said quietly, not knowing how else to respond. “But your