Two young brothers and their father scavenge a post-apocalyptic landscape for anything that will keep them alive for one more day. Although their survival hangs in the balance, the boys are obsessed with only one thing ... the diary their father keeps. They've never been taught to read or write, but they have a hunch that the scribbles might be the answer to all their questions. --amazon.com.
In a far corner of space, on the very borders between humanitys Polity worlds and the kingdom of the vicious crab-like prador, is an immediate threat to all sentient life: an accretion disc, a solar system designed by the long-dead Jain race and swarming with living technology powerful enough to destroy entire civilizations. Neither the Polity or the prador want the other in full control of the disc, so theyve placed an impartial third party in charge of the weapons platform guarding the technology from escaping into the galaxy: Orlandine, a part-human, part-AI haiman. Shes assisted by Dragon, a mysterious, spaceship-sized alien entity who has long been suspicious of Jain technology and who suspects the disc is a trap lying-in-wait. Meanwhile, the android Angel is planning an attack on the Polity, and is searching for a terrible weapon to carry out his plans: a Jain super-soldier. But what exactly the super-soldier is, and what it could be used for if it fell into the wrong hands, will bring Angel and Orlandines missions to a head in a way that could forever change the balance of power in the Polity universe.