The Carthenogens, “saviors” from another planet, assumed total control of Earth by preaching peace. Eighteen-year-old Vaughn Killian, son of the US ambassador to Thailand, knows otherwise; they killed his parents, forcing him to survive as a rebel for two hellish years in a purge of Bangkok.
Now millions are dead and thousands are disappearing in massive airlifts every day, and Killian saw it all. The almond-eyed tyrants have a stranglehold on that information, all militaries, and the world at large.
Killian is determined to “resist to the death” and seizes the opportunity to join Black Saber, an elite cadre formed to oppose Carthenogen tyranny. To qualify, he and eleven other candidates must undergo a trial mission on Planet Veritas, a rugged mining outpost where the atmosphere makes people reveal their true selves. Killian must keep his past a secret at the risk of imprisonment. It’s a hard thing to do with a body full of scars—especially when Stiles Kerrington, an entitled son of a former US vice president, has singled him out for disqualification. If he fails the mission and can’t continue the fight, he’ll be jailed while the docile population on Earth is consumed, one city at a time.
Nathaniel Danes, Author of “The Last Hero”
“The definition of a character driven novel. It starts with action, tension and keeps it to the end.”
Robin Ryan – Best-Selling Author of “60 Seconds and You’re Hired.”
“The key to great storytelling is developing engaging characters and a good plot. Murphy has both in this fast-paced SciFi military tale.”
Like “Starship Troopers” but intelligent. Murphy creates an imaginative universe with an action-packed agenda we only begin to explore. It’s not Dr. Zhivago, it’s sci-fi action and he doesn’t disappoint. The science fiction isn’t reserved to the setting in space-Murphy has created a world and dilemmas that separate his work from the fantasy that so often passes for science fiction these days. It reminded me of the beginning of Starship Troopers, but intelligent. As the title implies, it looks like the author intends to write a series, and I find myself wishing the next chapter were already written, but I’m glad it’s not because I’ve got too much to do. That’s the mark of a good summer read. Good first effort from a promising novelist.
“BAM! – I was quickly engaged and on board for a great adventure. Part Tom Clancey, part George Lucas. Can’t wait for two and three.”
“Fantastic read!!! – If your a long time fanboy or even new to the sci-fi genre your going to love this book. The book had me at the first page and did not let go. The characters, especially the lead Vaughn Killian, are captivating and very interesting from the outset. The plot was refreshing twist to genre. I can’t wait for the next installment in the series.”
Different but quite good – The book is different from the usual science fiction in that earth and humans are not the superior race. The aliens are benevolent, kind and peaceful, but there are strange under currents going on in the book. As you read you learn some of them, suspect others and watch young recruits learn in a training mission that everything may not be what it appears. This book was worth the $5
“Mission Veritas Takes Off! – Thumbs up for John Murphy’s “Mission Veritas”! This story is a great balance between good and evil. Vaughn Killian goes from unassuming teenage kid to freedom fighter with peril at every turn. Highly recommend.”
I need more! – I was fortunate enough to be referred this novel as it has quickly become one of my favorite books. An engaging experience from start to finish, the unique characters compliment and contrast each other in a perfect display of human relations. My only gripe is that there isn’t more to satiate my desire to read about this wonderful new story universe. As an Airforce man myself, being able to relate to the interactions of freshly churned BMT graduates was a fun surprise. On the whole, a great book and a fantastic author. Can’t wait for the next in the series!!!