About the Book
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Final Exam begins a series that examines human society a few thousand years hence as people
expand through our galaxy. In this future, there is no dystopian dictatorship,
no cyber-menace overlord, and no inter-species warfare. Humanity faces its
historic enemy, humankind, but under different skies. Even as civilization
advances through the millennia, greed, gangs and human malice remain as wolves
chasing down the weak and vulnerable.
For his final exam, Shane O’Ryan and his student partner
visit a snowy vacation planet to solve a mystery—how could a sub-intelligent species leap 50,000 years in
evolution in months to harness fire and develop a language. Their investigation
leads them into deadly conflict with a sophisticated gang trying to gain
control of the planet for its mineral riches.
Shane, an idealistic, rich kid, is a new undercover agent
for the Society for Protection of Intelligent Extraterrestrial Species. He and
his secret fraternity investigate infractions of the colonization charter,
which protects vulnerable intelligent species and their planets. The Society
upholds the rights of alien species as humans expand through the Milky Way.
Society agents risk their lives to make sure that the tragic aftermath of 1492
in the Americas never happens again anywhere humans go.
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