The Destiny Mask (The Structure Series)

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After the death of Vourniass Lycern, child-bearer to the Seriattic royal household, her twin sons, fathered by former military intelligence officer Alexander Delgado, have grown up ignorant of their relationship. Michael has been raised on Earth as the son of General William Myson, while Cascari has been brought up within Delgado’s terrorist group. Furthermore, due to the circumstances surrounding their birth, no one knows Michael and Cascari are brothers, and both believe they are the rightful heir to the position of Monosiell—head of Seriatt’s royal household.

When the existing Monosiell dies suddenly, the long-awaited opportunity presents itself: with Cascari in power Delgado knows he could strike at Myson more effectively, while Myson seeks the strategic value of Seriatt’s proximity to the M4 wormhole.

The stakes are heightened as the Seriatts are developing time-travel capacity, using technology extrapolated from the Destiny Mask—the artefact Seriattic oracles use to predict the future. Delgado knows that with time-travel capability Myson would represent an immeasurable threat, one which he must prevent.

While strange occurrences in the vicinity of the wormhole go unnoticed, on Seriatt the oracles predict the coming of a savior; but who this will be, no one can tell.

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Martin Sketchley grew up in Tamworth, Staffordshire. Following a brief but passionate affair with music, he began writing behind a Tamworth market stall at the beginning of the 1990s, and sold his first short story to small press magazine Xenos in 1994. Having worked in retail and then catalogue publishing, he is now a freelance writer and editor. He lives in Birmingham, UK, with his wife, Rosaleen, and their two children.

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In this labored sequel to The Affinity Trap (2005), Sketchley tries to bring a cinematic sense of scale and action to his tale of twin half-humans vying for an alien throne. Alexander Delgado, the betrayed agent who raised Cascari, his son by the Seriatt royal breeder Vourniass Lycern, leads the typically ragtag, if well-equipped, rebels against the Earth dictator, Gen. William Myson. When Delgado learns that Seriatt is on the verge of creating a time machine, Delgado strives to get Cascari to Seriatt ahead of Myson's son, Michael. Numerous unfriendlies, terran and alien, stand in their way. Sketchley seeks to undermine some of the clichés of action-adventure SF, particularly the too-perfect heroes. The narrative is driven mainly by the failures of his characters, who belch, break wind and pick their teeth. Unfortunately, Delgado is saddled with a disregard for sentient life that would make a video-game figure ashamed, and the attempt at realism via foibles leads only to greater disbelief at his survival. (Apr.)
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