|The dawn gives way, oh bloody sun;
The deathly calm; the quiet guns.
Screams and hollers, now ghostly calls;
Heroes advance to hallowed halls.
Goodbye brave soldiers, farewell our dreams;
No more in battle horror.
The last full measure, in coverage spent;
May now abide in honor.
TRANQUILITY IN DARKNESS
With the invasion of the moon defeated,
Grey soon discovers an even greater threat
to the world's security. After twenty years
and four books, we finally get to meet some
of the much feared aliens who will someday
send a fleet against Earth. But the Arikhan
are not the threat Grey fears most. There is
another species of alien on the moon, mortal
enemies of the Arikhan, who will initiate a
scorched earth policy to prevent the planet
from being used by their enemies. Once
again Grey is faced with dire choices, none
of which he finds promising. Only his
boldest scheme yet might prevail.
For the first time, we finally see Grey trying to relate to large groups of people, and it soon becomes clear
he's not very good at it. This will become a running joke throughout the series, one that even Grey
occasionally exploits. Characters that have slowly developed begin to take reoccurring roles, such as
Grey's long-lost uncle, Roger Vandebrown, and the mysterious Dr. Tey Meriwether. This book also
introduces the Arikhan, an interesting species that, at times, can be darkly humorous.
THE TOUR GUIDE
No story is complete without comic
relief. Though much of the novels
thrive on a dry wit, the tour guide is
not a subtle character. The colony's
only talking robot, the tour guide often
boasts of its unique privilege to 'show
and describe the many wonders of
Tranquility Lunar Colony'. The robot
makes a good case for why
mechanical helpers should be seen and