by Geoff O'Callaghan ISBN 9781846930263
Published: Jan 2007
A story in three parts.
1. The Tree
2. The war with Yanada
Daniel Rex Masson (Drex) travels with his parents, Julie and Philip, to survey a remote planet with a view to having it terraformed as a tourist resort. The planet is supposed to be devoid of life, but it has a colony of slime-mold trees that have a strange relationship with a group of boys who shouldn't exist. They call the tree "Yanada." The planet had a violent history, and the trees seem to be a genetically altered organism capable of creating and destroying life. When Drex is killed by a tree, the expedition leaves and sterilizes the planet with nuclear radiation. Meanwhile, Drex is taken back in time to learn the origins of Yanada which seems to be an intelligent organism that owns the planet.
The War with Yanada
Julie and Philip return to Yanada which has been opened as a resort owned by Gannon Corporation. One of the scientists is killed, and Julie, now divorced from Philip, finds herself caring for a strange boy without a past, named Robbie. Julie discovers that Yanada is alive and well in the form of Robbie and Drex who claim the planet as their own. Gannon Corporation begins a war with Yanada and uses a nannite developed by Thylons, a dinosaur race, to destroy Yanada. Drex travels to Thyla and destroys the planet with an anti-matter device. The war is over, but some traces of the nannites survive, along with several vengeful Thylons.
Drex, now Lord Masson, is senior peer of the Empire, and the emperor's leading warrior. Because of his Yanadan super-powers, he is respected, but feared. When the Emperor, Dagon IVth is assassinated, his queen keeps his death secret. She orders Drex to travel to the prison planet to rescue her son, Denny, who was imprisoned on the planet as an infant, in order to prevent court intrigues and further civil wars. Drex discovers that the Thylons under their leader, Bairiki, have already rescued Denny and are holding him on the planet Quaggos. They know he is important, but don't know who he really is. Denny doesn't know his real position, either. He escapes the clutches of the Thylons and a pursuit ensues, with Denny as everyone's target. He discovers that he is the Galactic Emperor when Robots begin to obey him with the words: "At your command, stars move." Finally, he meets up with a Yanadan warrior boy, Yaltso, who helps him to find Drex. Gannon Corporation unleashes a war against Yanada using the nannites created by the Thylons. Drex discovers a cure for the nannites and finally defeats Gannon. Denny prevents a war between Earth and the Thylons by acknowledging them as overlords and protectors. The Galaxy returns to a state of peace, and Yanada survives as a planet open to all species. .
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