This is a war novel. With his new
companion Captain Kris Fairfield
at his side, Grey is faced with an
invasion of the moon. Among the
commandos are Nicholas Koltov
and Tamera Kantanee, relatives of
the ill-fated Russian Expedition
from three years before now bent
on revenge. But when the
invaders' own robotic weapons
turn against them, Grey finds
himself trying to save the very
soldiers sent to kill him. Again he
is caught in a life or death
struggle, but this time, the enemy
has advantages that even courage
With his sword, he drew a line,
'tween the living and the dead.
And from his pocket, took his speech,
trembling as he read;
Fear not, dear Lord, who loves us still,
To you our lives are rendered.
In freedom's cause, we serve thy will,
death but not surrender.
Tranquility Besieged is a favorite novel, not just for the exciting battle scenes, but for the combination of
dry humor, misplaced hatred, and a hero who finally runs out of options. The novel introduces many new
characters, visits parts of the moon we've never seen before, and contains a stirring poem inspired by a
scene from Alamo mythology.
On Earth, seekers are slow moving robotic night
watchers. On the moon, where the gravity is
only 1/6 that of Earth, they move a dozen times
faster. For many people, that's much too fast.
Armed with energy cannon, the flying armored
spheres patrol Tranquility's corridors, landing
bays and central junctions. The seekers are
aided by securatrons, turtle shaped robots that
act as mobile ground support. Under the direct
supervision of the Security Computer. Grey has
often challenged these formidable robots in
combat. Not always with success.