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In a distant future, when humanity has expanded over the Galaxy, in a primitive world only recently colonized,Lalonde, the attempt of contact by an alien energy being frees the lost souls of the beyond, who begin possessing humans. Joshua Calvert, a pilot-trader on the Space Station Tranquillity recovers a computer database who will solve the mistery of what happened to a vanished xenoc race. He will later go to various planets, unknowingly allowing the possessed criminal Quinn Dexter to escape the confinement on Lalonde. Quinn Dexter will overthrow his possessor and gain the magical powers of the possessed. Joshua seduces the joung Louise in the conservative planet Norfolk, and later he will go on a rescue mission of the children-refugees on Lalonde. He saves them, but the possession is spreading.
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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Descript. of chases or violence 20%planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 20%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 20%Descript. of society, phenomena (tech), places 40% Tone of book    -   suspenseful (sophisticated fear) FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?    -   science fiction story Tech./$$$/Info hunt    -   Yes Stealing/recovering/destroying    -   info about lifeform(s)/society/phenomena If an invasion, from Earth/human POV:    -   subtle invasion (mind control, lookalikes) War or Invasion    -   Yes Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Escaping from behind enemy lines?    -   Yes

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   trader    -   fighter (air/space) pilot Age:    -   20's-30's


Terrain    -   Jungle    -   Mountains    -   Forests    -   Space, need spacesuit    -   Asteroid Spaceship setting:    -   futuristic human warship    -   a space station    -   futuristic human freighter/transport    -   really, really giant spaceship/station    -   one or two man fighter/scoutship A substantial portion of this book takes place on a non-Earth planetary body:    -   humans in a futuristic society    -   humans in a primitive/fantasy society    -   neutral aliens    -   empty, or nearly empty world Planet outside solar system?    -   Yes Takes place in spaceship?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   very explicit references to deaths and torture scientific jargon? (SF only)    -   an average amount of scientific explanation    -   a lot of techical jargon Sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   descript of kissing    -   descript of touching personal anatomy    -   actual description of sex

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