Spectra Books, Mass Market Paperbound, 9780553591095, 330pp.
Publication Date: February 22, 2011
At last the generation ship "Jacob's Ladder" has arrived at its destination: the planet they have come to call Grail. But this habitable jewel just happens to be populated already: by humans who call their home Fortune. And they are wary of sharing Fortune especially with people who have genetically engineered themselves to such an extent that it is a matter of debate whether they are even human anymore. To make matters worse, a shocking murder aboard the" Jacob's Ladder" has alerted Captain Perceval and the angel Nova that formidable enemies remain hidden somewhere among the crew.
On Grail or Fortune, rather Premier Danilaw views the approach of the "Jacob's Ladder" with dread. Behind the diplomatic niceties of first-contact protocol, he knows that the deadly game being played is likely to erupt into full-blown war even civil war. For as he strives to chart a peaceful and prosperous path forward for his people, internal threats emerge to take control by any means necessary.
"This deftly told story...is poised on a knifes edge. Bear's talent for portraying cultural divergence and conflict is especially apperent in this intense wrapup." --Publishers Weekly
"Bear's Jacob's Ladder trilogy finale is a stirring and satisfying story...while also being a book about what it means to be human." --Romantic Times