What’s it about? Glad you asked…
John Bandicut deserves a rest. Rescuing Earth from a wayward comet wasn’t accomplishment enough, and neither was saving two other worlds from imminent disaster. Exiled from his homeworld and traveling with an eclectic group of aliens—including a quarx in his head—he has been plucked from one mission to another, and from one end of the galaxy to another. He and his companions are tired. Would it be too much to ask for a little R&R?
Apparently so. When they arrive at an interstellar waystation, they find that it’s being hammered by hypergravity shock waves originating in nearby Starmaker, better known to Bandicut as the Great Orion Nebula. What’s the cause? No one knows. But they need to find out, not only because their present shelter is threatened with destruction, but because sentient stars in the nebula are dying. And the danger could cascade across thousands of light-years, threatening uncounted worlds—including Earth.
Aboard a ship called The Long View, Bandicut and his band of exiles journey not just into the perils of a star-forming nebula, but into confrontation with a billion-year-old adversary of life as they know it. Whatever chance they have of stopping the terrifying Mindaru may be found only in the fiery heart of an intelligent sun.
Sunborn (see SF Signal review) is the fourth book in The Chaos Chronicles. For those who haven’t read the first three, the author offers free versions of them in multiple formats. The first three book (with links to the HTML versions) are: