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Ceres Storm by David Herter

Ceres Storm

by David Herter

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Daric is a boy growing up on an isolated estate on a far future terraformed Mars. He tends the estate plant life and listens to his ancient grandpapa's stories about the amazing exploits of the long-dead Emperor Darius, who transformed the entire Solar System. His brother gives him a task to accomplish in a nearby city and Darius get involved in a trail of adventures which will see him follow in the footsteps of Darius.

He is is kidnapped by agents of the faction fearing the return of Darius to stop an attempt to bring him to earth to open a trove that Darius left sealed long ago. He escapes and begins a journey that takes him to an asteroid, Triton and Pluto's ,moon.

The feel of the future in this novel is very strange. It draws a picture of technologies which function almost like a magical landscape, which does create a mysterious future, if not quite a believable one. One memorable aspect is the series of floating numbers Daric/Darius sees which enable him to locate himself in space. While the story and action are baroque in the extreme, what this novel lacks is any sense of real danger or of the clashing of 'big ideas'. There is no tension here. A boy grows up as a clone of a man. ( )
  AlanPoulter | Jun 4, 2012 |
Interesting story, but didn't quite jell. ( )
  gregandlarry | Aug 28, 2010 |
Weird. Details a strange, strange and curious universe. Well written. But not interesting enough to hold one's attention all the way through, unfortunately. ( )
  guy-montag | Jun 2, 2009 |
A weird tale of a future of the solar system that has undergone numerous poltical earthquakes so deep that the information itself takes on mythic proportions. It's an odyssey of a young man on Mars who awakens to his legacy as the former Ruler of the Solar System. ( )
  Caragen87 | Jan 25, 2009 |
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 081257110X, Mass Market Paperback)

David Herter dazzles in his first novel, Ceres Storm, the leadoff of a series. Herter tells a huge and complex space opera in relatively few words, allowing the reader to fill in the blanks without sacrificing narrative integrity. In this age of ever-larger science fiction and fantasy novels, the effect is breathtaking, an ice cube down the genre's back.

Ceres Storm is the story of Daric, a boy whose entire existence has been encompassed by a modest compound on Mars with some orange trees, a lake, his older brother Jonas, and a thinking statue he calls Grandpapa. When Daric is sent on a mysterious errand to the city, he buys a knowledge drink that connects him intimately with the starlines between planets and suns and sets him on a crash course with a startling destiny. For it seems Daric is a clone of the Leader, a conquering hero of yore who ruled the far reaches of space before a vast and powerful nanostorm destroyed much of the inner solar system. A powerful interplanetary cartel, the Kay-Tees, is after Daric's genetic material to reconquer his former empire.

Herter blends biological and mechanical detail in a compelling fashion to give the reader a strong sense of distant time. When Daric travels to Earth, he sees the deadly wonders that the engulfing nanostorm has made:

With each step the castle became clearer; perhaps it was made of birds, the hundreds winging overhead, flecks of ash caught in clear water, drifting down toward the castle, darkening the red and gold into a hue called Tyrian purple, into black etched with silver, the small arches of windows gleaming like inset jewels, thousands of them ranked up the edifice....

"See what our infernal machines have done."

Like Gene Wolfe, Jack Vance, and others before him, David Herter has imagined a far future where humanity is both reduced and exalted. Ceres Storm is a thrilling debut and promises even more amazements to come. --Therese Littleton

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"Daric, who may be a clone of a fearsome interplanetary conqueror from the distant past, is discovered in his hidden gardens on Mars and forced to go on a quest across the solar system to discover his fate--which may or may not be reconquest."--Jacket.… (more)

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