Angus McAllister worked as a solicitor and university professor and is now retired. He has written several legal textbooks and a number of legal articles as well as fiction. Angus’s earlier novels include The Krugg Syndrome, The Canongate Strangler and, most recently, Close Quarters.
Beginning almost a century before Traitors In Waiting, it chronicles the lives of Mars colonists who joined the rebellion to liberate Kinji, a colony of political prisoners.
Later, when the newly formed government of Kinji is taken over by enemies from within, ECIA agent Carlie Sinclair must infiltrate Mikarta Central Intelligence (Kinji’s capital city police force) with the aid of a Mars agent who is not what he seems to be.
Finally, as the events of Traitors in Waiting unfold, an elite team of CEA military scientists work in secret to develop a weapon that could end the war once and for all... or destroy humanity in the process.
The rumbling slowly decreased and eventually subsided. Then, as quickly as they had begun, the sirens went silent.
“This is it,” Marc said. “This is how it begins.”
And silence still.
“Oh, yeah,” he added. “It’s January 14th. Happy thirty-eighth birthday, Kurt.”
A few minutes passed in silence, and still they heard no signs of attack. When they walked down the hall and stepped out onto the balcony, they were greeted by a dark sky with no signs of any activity whatsoever except for the normal glow of the city lights in the distance.
“Where’s the kaboom?” Marc joked. “There was supposed to be a Kinji-shattering kaboom.”
Time travel, portals, terrorist bombings, bioterror plots, murder, espionage, and attempted suicides are just the tip of the iceberg.
From schizophrenic computers to mechlizards, from sociopathic terrorists to a device that can stop time itself, this book spins a tale of adventure, intrigue, and even horror, peppered with laughs.
“Sic Kend’hara i’michlus’t vi yu grecht. Sic Kend’erus vi vey inacht. Frecas sol vey grecht. Oc’flieme, sepra, fliecht ste’gats frecasse. Ic nule vey carus. Ic Kend’hara fi erust.”
“With open arms for to welcome, we greet you. With arms closed, we lay ourselves down. Only darkness greets us. One light, distant, shining upon darkness’ gate. And nothingness surrounds us. And open arms forever close.”
—final transmission of the starship Kend’hara, Terran year 2360 A.D.
This novel is the first in a trilogy of parallel plots that tell the story of the end of the war between the Terran Alliance and the Colonial Earth Alliance. It tells the story from the perspective of the victors.
The second novel, Enemies from Within, is a somewhat darker story that describes the same time period from the perspective of the colonists, and tells how things got so bad in the first place.
The third novel peels away another layer of the onion.