Following his success at the Grand Conclave on Earth Prime, Dave Brewster and his friends set out to expand the Free Society. However, all is not well in the galaxy. A Maklakar battle station is headed toward Earth. Mysterious ripples in space-time are confounding the Temporal Command. Agents from Predax and the Brotherhood are recruiting other plantets to join their crusade against the Free Society.
Setting aside those challenges to help his Gallicean friends, Dave follows them on the Sojourn, an ancient ritual to remember the atrocities of the past. On the two planets in the Gallicea system, Dave learns of the past but also discovers the truth is often visible only to those willing to see.
Tears of Gallia is a story of friendship, perserverance, and faith. Will Dave be able to stop the Brotherhood from starting a galactic war? Can he survive a madman's attempts to kill him or strand him in the ancient past?
"From one end of the Universe to the other, from the very distant past to far, far into the future, Dave Brewster soars again. It's not just earth time or the Milky Way Galaxy, it's light years and light years of travel for him as enemies from the past, present, and future coagulate together to plan his demise. He's just a simple guy: good coffee and chocolate croissants are his world as his Ambassador wife and his many friends survive disaster after disaster while saving his home planet from being blown up, as well as most of the planets in the solar system.
"But there's a new twist in Tears of Gallia. Even though Dave is connected to the Source (via the many Hives throughout the Universe), he and a beautiful woman are left for a long death on a solitary moon with no inhabitants. And the hot sun and subfreezing cold are the only choices outside their tiny single-bed cabin with food and provisions which will last for years–with almost zero hope of their ever being found. The Being who left them there shot Dave outside Starbucks in our own earth-time, and God only knows which timeline he is in now; he keeps jumping back and forth. Will this monster ever be stopped?
"Meanwhile planets are still at war, mostly from old grudges and belief systems from the past bleeding into the present, and old enemies from generations back becoming current enemies, in spite of the fact they have never actually met. There are robots made out of metal with a tad bit of brain tissue connecting them to a single "thinking" brain, causing major havoc on the spaceships protecting the peaceful planets. Talk about chaos!
"So how are all these enemies going to come together to prevent annihilation from an even greater enemy, the Brotherhood, which is strong enough to wipe all of them out in one fell swoop? That, in a nutshell, is the heart of the entire story. Dave Brewster comes through again, in his innocent, honest, and brotherly way of speaking common sense and unity to planets who are bitter enemies, in order "to form a more perfect union" among themselves so they can have some ray of hope to defend themselves for the war ahead. Will they make it in time?
"Finding out is pure pleasure in the third of a series of the Dave Brewster novels. Boring it is not. A vacation for the mind it is. Highly recommended for the life lessons and human values it weaves in and out among the precisely-described multi-planetary beings and the nail-biting suspenseful subplots. A must read!" ~ Mary Meyers