Cassandra Kresnov--a highly advanced hunter-killer android--returns to face down a rogue government's plot to eliminate free will.
Commander Cassandra Kresnov has her hands full. She must lead an assault against the Federation world of Pyeongwha, where a terrible sociological phenomenon has unleashed hell against the civilian population. Then she faces the threat from a portion of League space known as New Torah, in which a ruthless regime of surviving corporations are building new synthetic soldiers but taking the technology in alarming directions.
On the Torahn world of Pantala, Sandy encounters betrayal, crisis, and conspiracy on a scale previously unimaginable. Most challenging of all, she also meets three young street kids who stir emotions in her she didn't think she was capable of. Can the Federation's most lethal killer afford unexpected sentiment? What will be the cost if she is forced to choose between them and her mission, not only to her cause, but to her soul?
Joel Shepherd is the author of six novels in the Cassandra Kresvov series—Crossover, Breakaway,Killswitch, 23 Years on Fire, Operation Shield, and Originator—and four novels in the Trial of Blood and Steel series—Sasha, Petrodor, Tracato,and Haven. He is currently midway through a doctoral program in International Relations, and has also studied film and television, interned on Capitol Hill in Washington, and traveled widely in Asia.
“Outstanding. I love this series! Cassandra Kresnov is a captivating heroine, and Joel Shepherd writes with skill and insight. 23 Years on Fire is frightening and beautiful and provocative and smart.” —Jeff Carlson, international bestselling author of Interrupt
Praise for the Cassandra Kresnov Novels:
"If you’re in the mood for a fun, intelligent, and action-packed science fiction series, definitely give these books a try." —Tor.com
"Robert Ludlum meets Elizabeth Moon in this classic military SF adventure, buoyed by Shepherd's knack for balancing crisp action with characters you can really root for." —Publishers Weekly
"A fast-paced story of intrigue and adventure set against galactic politics. With particular appeal to readers of high-tech sf and cyberpunk, this title belongs in most sf collections." —Library Journal