“Rajan. See Planet A490.”
“Proceed,” Ries said, taking a drink of kolan, a beverage he had received as a gift from the King of Mandaka himself. His personal stores were worth a considerable amount.
“Classified, Level 7K4. Access denied. Inquiry logged,” the computer responded.
Strange, Ries thought. Why would information about the planet Rajan be classified at the highest level of Alliance security? “Computer, tell me of Rajani history.”
“Rajan was discovered in the year—” the computer began.
“I told you to skip that part,” Ries said, beginning to get angry. If he didn’t know any better, he’d think the central computer was being deliberately obtuse. But for what purpose?
“Input parameters of search request,” the computer said.
“Tell me about the current Rajani society,” he said, trying to stay calm.
“Rajan. See Planet A2242,” the computer said.
“What?” Ries asked, confused. Why did the planet have two Alliance Designation Numbers? Was it even possible, or had some administrative underling input a wrong number?
“Rajan. See Planet A2242,” the computer responded again, thinking he hadn’t heard its initial response.
“Be quiet while I think for a moment,” he told the computer, irritably. He took a large mouthful of kolan and swallowed it, feeling a tingle pass up his antennae. Finally, it occurred to him. There were two Designation Numbers, because there were two different planets. It was the only answer that made sense.
Author: Brian S. Converse
Book title: Rajani Chronicles II: Resistance
Genre: Science Fiction
Publish date: May 14, 2018
James Dempsey and his team of powered humans are stranded on Rajan with no way to find each other. They must search for any resistance fighters among the peaceable Rajani inhabitants.
Meanwhile, there is a political cover-up beginning in the Galactic Alliance. Disgraced Alliance Society for Peace Commander Ries an na Van stumbles upon a terrible secret, one that could mean a greater war within the Alliance should it ever come to light.
While each human struggles to understand and survive on their new, alien planet, they discover that the Rajani are in desperate need of help. The Krahn Hoard has decimated the city of Melaanse, and the Rajani are quickly running out of resources.
James, Yvette, Gianni, David, and Kieren are about to face the fight of their lives, and the powers granted by their implanted stones may be the difference between life and death!