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Head of Zeus
The Forever Dead by John Birmingham
 The Cruel Stars Trilogy, 3

With sheer weight of numbers, the Sturm's Combined Fleet of the (self-proclaimed) Human Republic are driving ever deeper into the network of worlds they were exiled from over three centuries ago.

At a horrendous cost, Commander Lucinda Hardy, Admiral Fraser McLennan, Sephina L'trel, Booker3 and Princess Alessia lead the only resistance to the Sturm's overwhelming forces. Amid the ruins of a civilisation utterly corrupted by the Sturm's horrific darkcode malware, they must gather allies and weapons where they can. Old enmities must be overcome and unlikely partnerships forged.

Surrounded, outnumbered and outgunned, the resistance cannot hold out. By strategy and deception, they must force a decisive confrontation with the Sturm.

A final stand that will demand the ultimate sacrifice... and extreme violence.

Head of Zeus -- an AdAstra Book * Science Fiction
08 Jun 2023 * 544pp * £7.99 * 9781789545982

'Birmingham's gripping novel launches readers into a genocidal interstellar war amid sudden violence and dark humor... Birmingham alternates between gut punches and laugh-out-loud humor, with some gore and thought-provoking philosophy thrown in for good measure... Plenty of twists, sharp turns, and fateful encounters will keep readers guessing and turning pages. This jarring, engrossing story of a species-wide fight for survival is recommended for all science fiction readers' Publishers Weekly (starred review), on The Cruel Stars.

'Plenty of grist and humour' Sunday Times, on Axis of Time.

'An excellent page-turner, laced with black humour' FHM, on Axis of Time.

'Glorious excitement and meticulous density', on Axis of Time.

'The action is nonstop, the characters very real – and very different from each other – and, to coin a phrase, it makes you think'
 SM Stirling, on Final Impact
The Cruel Stars
The Shattered Skies
John Birmingham
John Birmingham
John Birmingham was born in Liverpool, United Kingdom, but grew up in Ipswich, Queensland, Australia. Between writing books he contributes to a wide range of newspapers and magazines on topics as diverse as biotechnology and national security. He lives at the beach with his wife, daughter, son, and two cats.
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The Time Traveller's Almanac Part II - Reactionaries
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The Dark Forest
The Paper Menagerie
Death's End
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Ball Lightning
Dogs of War
Too Like the Lightning
Seven Surrenders
The Will to Battle
Remembrance of Earth's Past
The Redemption of Time
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Cage of Souls
The Supernova Era
Winter World
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Perhaps the Stars
Of Ants and Dinosaurs
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