Aspect, Oct 2003, 6.99, 432 pp.
The son of two very rich and powerful parents, Ryan Azarcon is idolized and envied by the people on Austro station. They don't realize that he is still recovering from the trauma of seeing the wholesale slaughter of the Hong Kong embassy by terrorists. Ryan is not politically savvy and buys into the propaganda of the twenty-year war between the Earth hub and the alien Strits. His father is the captain of the starship Macedon, patrolling deep space against alien incursions and space pirates.
Although he has only met his father three times, Cairo comes to bring his son on board his ship to keep him safe after a failed assassination attempt and over the objections of Ryan and his mother. While on board, he sees his father try to broker a peace between the Strits and the Earth hub and the young man learns that truth is in the eye of the beholder.
It is awesome, believable and moving to see the protagonist turn from a sullen teen into a mature man over the course of this tale. Told in the first person narrative from Ryan's perspective, readers find themselves hoping that the protagonist can overcome all the traumas he has suffered and emerge a mentally healthy person. Readers who like innovative fast-paced and action packed space opera that foster character development will love Burndive.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner