The Epherium Chronicles: Crucible - A Science Fiction Space Opera Novel by T.D. Wilson

The Cygni system is just one space-fold jump away. One more jump to a new world with a fledgling colony that Earth desperately needs. The importance of the mission resonates in Captain James Hood's mind, but can he reach the colony in time or defend it against potential attack?

So much depends on him now, but Hood's confidence is shaken. Only days earlier, a deceptive trap by a mysterious vessel nearly claimed his ship and the lives of his crew. On the journey to the new colony, Hood had been so focused on encountering Earth's old enemy, the Cilik'ti, that he was oblivious to the undermining activities of a new and elusive foe. They had managed to turn his strategic and tactical strengths against him; something few had ever accomplished.

Now, the specter of self-doubt resurfaced inside him. Hood knew it as a brutal mind-killer for all military commanders. It was something Hood thought he cast aside long ago.

Hood needs to get to Cygni and fast. The plot to derail his mission to Cygni cost him something more important than just his confidence. It cost him time—time the colonists at Cygni may not have. With the Cilik'ti and his new adversary still out there somewhere, the consequences for the colony could be dire if he doesn't reach them first.

What will Hood and his crew find when they arrive at the colony? Hood doesn't know, but one thing is certain. If he doesn't win his battle within, the fate of the colony will be sealed.

Crucible is the second book in the exciting sci-fi series, The Epherium Chronicles.

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