This Time Around: A Novel (Station One)

By Justin McLachlan

Book within the Station One series.

Dr. Van Jacobs gave his lifestyles to save lots of the universe... or so he suggestion. as a substitute, he awakes half-way the world over, floating in the midst of the Indian Ocean on an iceberg while he should've been useless. he is rescued via the crew at Station One, but if he unearths out what they have been engaged on, and their plans for the longer term, he realizes they could combating at the similar aspect to any extent further. A Station One sequence book.

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Then, the sunshine light again. His arm had stopped throbbing and his biceps didn’t harm. He checked the bottoms of his toes, the cuts had healed. No scars even. He lifted his blouse, and the bruises throughout his ribs have been long gone, too. after which suddenly—he wasn’t on my own. An alien, a Progenitor, stood in entrance of him. “I am Dyre Brokk,” he acknowledged. This was once the 1st time one in every of them had brought itself by means of identify. Even the person who had taken place of dwelling in his head hadn’t performed that. “Welcome Dr. Van Jacobs. ” * * * * Dyre Brokk led Van from the airlock and out into the ship’s center. Open pathways stretched from the hull to a valuable column, like the send within the ocean. Gravity appeared an afterthought. The pathways rotated on themselves, twisted like ribbons that rose and fell at a few unknown designer’s whim. The column rose from ground to ceiling, so excessive it received misplaced within the shadows. The air crackled with power and Van stumbled on it tough to pay attention to his steps. The final time he’d been in a boat like this one, it’d spent a century fermenting at the backside of the ocean. It’d been darkish and chilly inside of, stale, lifeless. This send used to be alive. They got here to a cease on the crucial column, a flowing constitution that appeared like it’d grown as an alternative. For all Van knew, it had. They stepped inside of, right into a huge, vacant room that surged to existence in Dyre Brokk’s presence. immense holograms seemed far and wide: megastar maps, facts screens, send structures. past the monitors, the whole ahead wall dissolved right into a panoramic view of San Diego. It stuffed Van’s imaginative and prescient on each side. He, even though, took specific curiosity in a small, holographic globe soaring heart. It gave him, for the 1st time, a view of what lay past the bounds of town during this timeline. not anything, ordinarily. There looked to be wallet of existence within the Northeast, a few in Europe and Asia yet huge elements of the earth appeared just to be long gone. He couldn’t even locate South the USA. Dyre Brokk stared as Van took this in, and he puzzled if the alien was once on my own at the send. The final one had held simply 13 staff that they knew of. yet somebody needed to be piloting these scouts, and Lt. Adams had come into touch with at the least another. Van had many questions, beginning with the obvious: why? Why did they make people? up to he sought after the reply, he was once convinced he wouldn’t love it while he bought it. It’d be higher to pick out the sensible over the philosophical, a minimum of for the instant. “What are you going to do with me? Why did you convey me right here? ” he requested. “We have been basically curious, Dr. Van Jacobs. You eluded after which destroyed our scout send, and that's no longer a small success. you will have, in truth, survived each one of our makes an attempt to terminate you. you're an enigma to us… we easily needed to benefit extra approximately you. ” “You’ve spent the previous couple of days attempting to kill me and now, you must speak? ” “We will be not able to speak when we killed you. ” “Point taken. ” “We nonetheless intend to kill you. ” “I acquired it. ” “It is critical. ” “Why? You’ve killed hundreds of thousands already...

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