The Divide Universe is huge. Trying to explain it logically is not always easy. (And my crazy self keeps interfering with the post)
There are numerous planets spanning different sectors of space, controlled by the International Space Foundation (ISF), a semi-militaristic organization who is all for exploring and acquiring as much of space as possible. There are privately owned planets and space stations but in the end, ISF controls all forms of fuel for space transport and hence, controls all of known space. Or they try…
There are very few intelligent life forms in these newly found worlds, and not one seems to have discovered space travel, not even the Mimics who are a lot more intelligent that they look. (Since they don't look all that human well, it's not up to anyone to judge.) But there are a variety of alien life form in all sizes, shapes and colors littering the universe, mostly on Divide planets. Which are fucked up…
The Divide planets are a series of planets on which there are energy barriers. These barriers can be crossed by anyone who is not augment by tech. Nothing high tech would function inside these barriers and the effects of introducing tech inside of these barriers are interesting… to say the least.
The ISF controls access to Divide planets as well, since it is in their interest to find the true secret behind what powers these barriers since they defy explanation. They explore these plants using their science teams but to provide safety for these with Rehabilitation Squad members who are criminals recruited for the specific purpose of providing the muscle power to the scientists in the nullands. The majority of the universe simply calls the Rehabilitation Squad members the Death Squad--those who are first to die.
Though the Divide universe is vast and the number of people living in it uncountable, a majority of events center around four people.
Tarn and Calvin who is introduced in Into the Divide which is the first in the Divide Universe.
Tarn is a five feet tall ex-criminal who is also one of the youngest people to be recruited to the First Fighters and Calvin, from the science side of the camp.
Tarn fights with a sword while in the nullands (the land enclosed by the Divide) and… oh, well, it's him on the cover of the first book.
Nullands: Sections of a series of planets sealed off by an energy barrier, called the Divide, filled with danger, where technology does not work.
Tarn is part of the Death Squad, a criminal given a second chance by agreeing to risk his life over and over again in the Nullands. His latest mission is the kind he usually avoids: babysit an inexperience lab tech while they hunt down the dangerous creature that escaped a research lab.
Calvin is the lab tech given the unenviable task of hunting down the creature that escaped his lab, after it killed his friend and five others. An assignment he mostly landed for refusing to sleep with his boss, he knows damn good and well he's being sent to die. What he doesn't expect is Tarn, or how far he's willing to go to survive.
The second book in the series deals with Izaak who is briefly introduced in the previous book.
Then there is Vincent Garland Hawthorn III, the youngest son of Admiral Hawthorn and the grandson of Professor Alfred Hawthorn, one of the founding fathers of the International Space Federation and all around annoyance and Izaak, with his equally prestigious family background, he would rather keep under wraps because he is a part of the Death Squad. Vincent and Izaak's first meeting didn't go quiet as planned…
(it's Vincent on the cover of the second book :D)
When Commander Michelle is murdered, the duty of managing the exploration base falls to Izaak. But Science Division doesn't want him in authority, his second in command is transferring out, and the inspector sent to investigate the murder is someone Izaak would much rather never have to see again.
All in all, he'd rather be fighting monsters behind the Divide.
Finally (for now, there at least another four books coming), forming relationships are easy but maintaining them is something very difficulty. This book explored how Tarn and Izaak first met and bonded while … this is boring…it's Izaak on the cover by the way.
Izaak Van Tassel is finally ready to move on, leaving his post as Commander of CS-1320 with his new lover Vincent. Even if he's not entirely confident of Vincent's feelings. His only consolation is that his right hand man and trusted friend Tarn will be accompanying him, as well as Tarn's partner Calvin.
Then an accident in space divides the part of four, stranding Izaak and Calvin on a crippled ship, and Tarn is left to deal with the difficult Vincent…
I promise blood, gore, excitement and sex. Perhaps not on dead bodies but not everyone in the universe is going to be paired with humans and… what more can you want from a series…
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