Terminal Point: A Strykers Syndicate Novel (Hardcover)
A Strykers Syndicate Novel
St. Martins Press-3pl, 9780312681555, 336pp.
Publication Date: June 19, 2012
"Blade Runner" meets" X-Men" in this follow-up to "Mind Storm" where humanity faces extinction and it's up to a group of rogue psions to save society
Fans of Charles Stross and Hannu Rajaniemi will lose themselves in this adventure as Threnody Corwin and her team of rogue Strykers contend with the aftermath of the events in "Mind Storm "and the unlocking of a new kind of psion power. They're on the run with Lucas Serca, who is closer than ever to destroying the World Court and his father's grip on the planet. Targeting the hidden cache of the planet's food supply meant to transform Mars into a paradise for the chosen few, Lucas triggers an escalating fight with the ruling government as worldwide chaos ensues. It's up to Threnody to save society before it destroys itself, but the cost is high and in the end, there is no such thing as compromise.
There is only survival.
In Threnody Corwin, K. M. Ruiz has created the coolest and most bad-ass sci-fi heroine since Signourney Weaver portrayed Ripley in the Alien films and "Terminal Point" takes her to the next level.
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Praise For Terminal Point: A Strykers Syndicate Novel…
“There is more action in this explosive sequel. The final confrontation between Lukas and his confederates and Nathan will blow your mind….This is not your gentle discovery of psion talent (telepathy, empath, precog) found in early works of Anne McCaffrey or Andre Norton. It is powerful, violent adult science fiction.”—Examiner.com
“The action is nonstop, insanely violent and mostly lethal, like X-Men on steroids…It's a tribute to Ruiz's skill that, somehow, when a winner finally emerges, it's the one you've been rooting for.”—Kirkus
“Kaleidoscopically intricate shifting alliances and relationships, terrifying mental tortures, and near-death experiences and resurrections drive this saga of revolt and renewal and leave plenty of room for future installments.” —Publishers Weekly
“Earth is damaged beyond recovery, so the World Court, urged on by powerful magnate Nathan Serca, continues with its plans to transfer the "purest" members of humanity—those free of psionic genetic markers for five generations—to Mars, where a new life awaits them. Unwilling to die gracefully when their time comes, a group of rogue psions, led by Nathan's son Lucas, himself a powerful mutant, seeks to thwart the World Court's master plan. Guided by the visions of a prescient child from two centuries ago, Lucas and his team led by Threnody Corwin put into action a daring scheme that will either save or destroy the world.
VERDICT This sequel to Mind Storm combines the rapid-fire pacing of superhero fiction with the cutting-edge technology and social dystopia of cyberpunk and should attract most sf readers.”—Library Journal
Praise for Mind Storm:
"K.M. Ruiz’s Mind Storm not only solidifies the beginning of an exciting new series, but heralds the debut of a notable new voice in the sci-fi genre." —Renee C. Fountain, New York Journal of Books
"The characters are fully fleshed out, with bureaucrats, shady businessmen, Mafia-like organizations, and soldiers. Each has an emotional depth that can be related to by the reader. Those who enjoy tales of telepathy and paranormal abilities will thoroughly enjoy this well-paced story." —Booklist
"Mind Storm hurls you two hundred and fifty years into a ferociously possible future where the mind has long since escaped the cage of the body and roams free and wild and dangerous. Total, delicious immersion into a world rendered startlingly real by white-hot writing skill." —Whitley Strieber, bestselling author of The Day After Tomorrow, The Hunger and Communion
"To term Mind Storm a thriller, even a post-apocalyptic thriller, doesn't fully describe the novel, because it's also a study in psychological deception and self-deception in a devastated future Earth where the greater the power one has, the greater the deception required, making the book both unsettling and a parable for our time." —L.E. Modesitt Jr., Bestselling author of Legacies
"A fast and furious vision of a very dark future...one of the best reads of the year." —Nate Kenyon, award-winning author of Sparrow Rock and Starcraft Ghost: Spectres
"Mutants, martyrs, mayhem, Mars, and the Mob--this book has it all and leaves you craving yet more of this broken and battered world." —Rob Thurman, author of The Cal Leandros and The Chimera series
"Two-hundred and fifty years after a nuclear war psion-mutant Threnody Corwin battles to stay alive in a cutthroat world where elites rule a twisted society. Mind Storm crackles with pent-up energy, fresh ideas, and crisp dialog. It flies like a bullet!" —William C. Dietz, author of the Legion of the Damned series
"Heroine, Threnody Corwin battle[s] the supposedly human Serca Syndicate's psionic Warhounds in excruciating scenes of physical and mental agony, while...renegade...Lucas Serca dreams of saving the psions and unregistered human scavengers and making a better world...Ruiz's tale will appeal to military SF fans." —Publishers Weekly