Roc, May 2004, 6.99, 352 pp.
It has been forty-five years since the Kurians invaded Earth. The world as it once was no longer exists as mankind devolved into a medieval age because machinery for the most part no longer exists. The Kurians are safely ensconced in their fiefdoms all over the world sending Reapers to feed on human essences that are sent back to them. There remains packets of human resistance, assisted by the Lifeweavers who were the losers in their war with the Kur.
David Valentine is a wolf with enhanced senses given to him by the Lifeweavers and he and his wolf pack fight the minions of the Reapers whenever they can. During a vicious firefight, David takes charge of the battle, but later is forced to resign for the decisions he made. The Cats, solo operatives working inside the Kurian zones, recruit him. His first assignment is to find out about the Twisted Cross, an elite fighting force of Reapers that have some of the characteristics of man. He and his fellow Cat companion Smoke must finding a way of learning their enemies' secrets if they want to have a chance of winning the war.
The reapers are an unusual kind of vampire who suck part of their victims to inhale their life energy and then relay it back to their master, a Kirian. The hero of this book is a warrior who kills the enemy without a second thought yet is still able to save the victims of the aliens.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner