Copyright 2000 by
I first read this in May 2001.
Third in the series started with "Firestar". If you got this book and
you haven't yet read "Firestar" and "Rogue Star" then put this book
carefully away somewhere and don't open it until you've read the first
two in the series.
A few years have passed, Mariesa is getting old but to some
extent she is achieving her plan: humankind are out in space; there are
space-stations and a moon-base. Still lacking is the, in her view,
critical defense against asteroid impact.
This is more of a problem that it might have seemed previously, because
now it is becoming clear that there are an abnormal number of asteroids
targeting the Earth. In fact, there seems to be a deliberate
targeting. And now at last, there is pretty clear evidence of aliens.
Okay, so it's not as good as Firestar. But it continues with the same
characters, plus of course some new ones, and you have to read it,
Loaded on the 16th May 2001.