=Book 5: Of Fire And Night (July 2006)

"Of Fire And Night Presents an opera series of science fiction. This title brings to us the sweeping war between titanic races; the Ildiran Solar Navy, the Earth Defense Forces, the Roamers, green priests, Klikiss robots, and hydrogue warglobes who collide in a fury that obliterates planets, extinguishes entire stars, and exterminates whole races."

The extermination of mankind is at hand. In a war against alien races, killer robots, and elemental beings, Earth slips deeper into desperation. The Terran government always knew the hydrogues were a vicious enemy bent on humanity’s destruction, but they didn’t predict how many other factions would turn against them.

With his increasingly irrational leadership, Chairman Basil Wenceslas has driven humanity into a corner. The Chairman’s punitive treatment of Hansa colonies and free-spirited Roamers, as well as his refusal to aid the burned forest world of Theroc, has made enemies all around. Enemies that Earth cannot afford.

Earth’s own Soldier compies have rebelled, taking over much of the military, stealing ships and slaughtering crews across the galaxy. Even our staunch allies the Ildirans, led by Mage-Imperator Jora’h, are secretly scheming with the hydrogues to exterminate the human race.

As the war continues to go badly for Earth, the remaining factions of humanity plan for their own salvation. Worldtrees allied with “green priests” on Theroc have rallied hulking, thorny tree battleships, while Roamers work with powerful water entities, the wentals, to seed scattered planets with a growing force to challenge the hydrogues.

After Chairman Wenceslas has alienated and cut off so many potential allies, it seems clear that Earth is not well defended, and that it may be destroyed.

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