The Ninth Circle
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Date: May 2017
Duration: 14 hours 3 minutes
Admiral John Farragut no longer walks the decks of the U.S.S. Merrimack, the space battleship he commanded for so many years; he now spends his time on Earth with his family. Captain Calli Carmel has taken Farragut’s place, and she commands the Mack firmly and fairly.
Lieutenant Glenn Hamilton, too, is absent from her post, taking a well-deserved leave to travel with her husband, Dr. Patrick Hamilton, the ship’s xenolinguist. They’re aboard a League of Earth Nations ship on a scientific expedition to an Earthlike world named Zoe, located at the edge of the galaxy.
Glenn is resigned to a quiet run—a chance for Patrick to do what he does best while Glenn takes a back seat and tries not to upset the researchers, who can’t abide any military presence. But when their vessel is attacked upon arrival, Glenn is forced to seize control, managing to crash-land the ship with no loss of life. Then the expedition discovers that life on Zoe is DNA based, an extremely rare occurrence—so when alien invaders begin wreaking havoc on both the humans and native life-forms, Glenn must call on the U.S.S. Merrimack for help.
Meanwhile, on the Roman world of Phoenix, the hazing of a new recruit has gone horribly wrong. His untimely death leads the remaining members of his unit into permanent exile. Condemned to the hell of being considered dead to all they hold dear, they steal a spaceship and become pirates: the damned of the Ninth Circle. Their leader is a man called Nox—formerly known as John Knox Farragut—younger brother to the admiral.
Inevitably, both the Ninth Circle and the Palatine Empire find their way to Zoe. And suddenly all sides are on a collision course to determine the fate of this uniquely valuable planet....