5.0 out of 5 stars Good Mystery
By Jeremy Michael Gallenon March 6, 2016
In the first installment of author Hawk MacKinney’s Moccasin Hollow Mystery Series, former Navy SEAL and part-time investigator Craige Ingram seeks the link between apparent random murders and a financial conspiracy. He works with another Navy retiree to protect a widow and resolve the case before others die, although a crazed killer seeks to stop them. The prologue opens with the philosophy that death is rarely dignified, ever truer if the reason is a felony murder, in which case the victim is a portly man named Royce Sedgewicke, and although the official reason for his demise is allegedly a heart attack, others disagree.
The main chapters introduce Craige Ingram, who wakes to a foggy day with his German shepherd Lucky and is stills suffering jetlag from visiting Siberia. Also introduced early on is Barry Jamison Peters, the novel indicating that he was once handsome in prep school and college, but ultimately regressing to his current bulky demeanor. Other characters include mother and son Terri and Jeff Stanley, with their family having recently lost its patriarch, and which Craige attempts to comfort. Barry patrols the local bar of a hotel for help with the case, which is busier than usual with a convention in town, although his night proves to be slow.
Among the final characters introduced is Garland Holton, with whom Craige has a somewhat strenuous relation. There are occasional twists and turns that keep the story enjoyable throughout, with things becoming somewhat tense towards the end, culminating in a solid conclusion, with room left for follow-ups, which have at the time of this review’s writing have not been yet written. The novel is riveting for the most part, with an agile flow, decent descriptions of various elements that paint a nice picture for the reader, and overall fans of thrillers and mysteries will likely enjoy this work.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Series Opener!
By Angelaon March 2, 2016
What is he/she up to? I love asking myself that question when I read a mystery! It doesn't always happen though. I found myself meeting each new character introduced by MacKinney with a little doubt and skepticism. The author did a wonderful job keeping a little mystery around his characters--and that adds so much to the suspense of the story. While I wanted to like (or dislike) characters immediately--I wasn't sure about some of them and their motivations. I like wondering about characters for a bit! I like that I grew to like and dislike characters through the plot development and not through each character's initial description.
MacKinney creates more than a likeable hero in Ingram. I expected to like the main character--but, MacKinney takes it a step further in that he made me want to follow the main character's future adventures and future stories from the series. Ingram is an "old fashioned" character, I think. He's the dependable, real-world, guy that everyone wants in their corner. The story reminded me of the old detective shows and crime dramas that I watched on t.v. with my Grandpa when I was a little girl. It's not a dated story--it's just one of those books where you say, "You don't find someone like that everyday."
Would I recommend Hidden Chamber of Death by Hawk MacKinney? The author creates an action packed, suspenseful, easy to read story with characters readers will enjoy. Readers will fall easily into the setting through the the author's descriptions and dialogue--and will want to follow future Moccasin Hollow mysteries. I would recommend this book to murder mystery fans--who also enjoy a bit of a conspiracy and creativity.
I received a complimentary copy of this book for use in a blog review. All opinions are my own.
4.0 out of 5 stars Generic plot, unique story
By Dhivya Balaji / Readers Museon March 4, 2016
Hidden Chamber of Death has one of the most unique covers I have ever seen. While I assumed the cover was simple because the copy I had received was an ARC, I learnt to my surprise that the original cover was a plain simple one, too. The image looked like a Safe, with the title superimposed in simple red font. The summary was generic enough but the word banking conspiracy caught my attention.
The book's prologue made me read it twice, being caught in the horrific description of a human corpse. I have read gory murder thrillers before, being a fan of this genre. But the way the carcass was described made me read it more than once. If nothing, the prologue set the mood for the story and I prepared myself to expect the upcoming murders.
PI Craig Ingram, an ex Navy Seal is the protagonist of this story. He chases a psychotic murderer, trying to make sense of random deaths that would surely have a common connection. The murders are described gorily, the murderer ruthless. Ingram finds himself attracted to a widow, trying hard to find the killer using the skills his Navy days taught him. The description seems like any other murder mystery novel but where this book differs is in the execution and pace.
Craig Ingram is a likeable, reliable PI, giving off old fashioned vibes in his thinking and approach. The story follows everything given in the summary, things are not as simple as they seem and the image on the surface. The story scores much in the twists it executes, some unexpected, some you seem to be mentally preparing yourself for. The author maintains the suspense where characters are concerned, with the readers guessing about the credibility of most characters until about halfway through the book.
This is a ordinary plot executed in an extraordinary way, a good start to a series.
WHAT I LIKED:
The cover was so simple - dragging more attention than it would if it were like the usual covers of this genre
The pace of the story
WHAT COULD HAVE BEEN BETTER:
The summary could have been a bit more intriguing. The story deserves it.
The plot element one liner seems so simple, leaving all the work to be done by the story
Ordinary plot developed into a great story
4.0 out of 5 stars Murder/thriller with a touch of romance
By Marilyn R Wilsonon March 3, 2016
Hidden Chamber of Death is the latest mystery/thriller (with a touch or romance) by prolific author Hawk MacKinney. For this genre you need an interesting killer and a determined pursuer. I leave the killer a mystery, but the pursuer in this case is retired Navy SEAL/part-time PI named Craige Ingram who has a strong connection with local homicide detective. Graysen MacGerald (Gray). Gray calls Ingram in when he needs another eye to look at a case and the death he is investigating just doesn't feel right.
The creepy, sadistic killer character moves a bit in the shadows in this story - only being truly in focus in when on the hunt for a new victim. While his first murder was discreet, the following ones have increasing savagery. What he does with them is sick, but fortunately the acts are only hinted at instead of described step by step - my preference for this type of book.
Mixed in is the element of romance. Terri Wofford Stanley, a beautiful widow with a teenage son to raise. takes a job at a bank and ends up in charge of an account of Ingram's. The attraction is instant and mutual. It doesn't take long before things heat up. Unfortunately the killer is also works at the bank and Terri, her son and Ingram all end up in his sights. What happens next? Well, you'll just have to pick up a copy and dive in.
I want to make one additional comment. This book, especially the second half, could have used a bit of polishing in terms of editing. This surprised me as MacKinney is an experienced author with many books to his credit. I laboured over reducing the star rating by one to reflect this, but eventually decided to rate it on the story itself.
4.0 out of 5 stars Mystery
By Alainaon March 4, 2016
Hidden chamber of death is full of mystery wonder excitement with a little bit of romance thrown in the mix. This book revolves around a retired of navy seal by the name of Ingram. Ingram now works as a part-time private investigator. In this book Ingram is trying to figure out who random murders are connected with a banking conspiracy. MacKinney did a great job developing this character which makes this book you will not want to put down.
MacKinney is a rare talent by creating a story creates the thought of what is the person doing? From start to finish this book got more and more interesting. The book was a wonder.
It is very violent, something I really do not care for, so reader be warn. A little goes a long way. Also in the beginning there is mentioned a teen knowing when his parents have had sex. I really did not see this relevant. Something else I really did not care for. Also there is some curse words.
Overall it is a really good mystery. This was a great start to this seriers. Just remember iReads did rate this book R for violence.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I was constantly thrown off guard by what I thought would happen next and what really did happen – which is great! I really love
By Carlaon March 2, 2016
While this novel started off slower than I expected (I found I kept putting it down), by half way through the novel I did not want to put it down! The novel starts off with what appears to be a simple murder and then evolves into this complicated layer of murder and deceit. In between this lies the budding relationship between Craige and widow.
The buildup of the murders and the conspiracy that is tied into it, was mind-blowing and at times definitely not what I was expecting! I was constantly thrown off guard by what I thought would happen next and what really did happen – which is great! I really love that element of surprise in a novel and this one was full of it. Some of the murders were quite gruesome and really showed the inner workings of our criminal’s mind (and trust me I never saw the identity of him coming!).
A stellar book that leaves you in suspense throughout and ready for more.
5.0 out of 5 stars I enjoyed the southern twang to Mr
By Sweetie7268on February 28, 2016
Hidden Chamber of Death is about retired Navy Seal and part time PI Craig Ingram. He is trying to find the link between random murders and bank conspiracy, all while trying to protect a widow. He is working with one of his old Navy buddies on the case. Sorry that's all you get about the story, I don't want to blow it for anyone.
This is the first book in the new series by Hawk Mackinney called Moccasin Hollow Mysteries. Which is named after the place Craig Ingram calls home. After reading book 1 I will be searching and watching for book 2.
I enjoyed the southern twang to Mr. Mackinney's writing in the book. I like his character choices, they each had a full personality and were easy to like or hate. The book was a kind of quick read with only 244 pages. I enjoyed the flow of the story. It was pretty action packed.
I received this product free in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.
5.0 out of 5 stars This first book in The Moccasin Trace Series an absolute thrill to read
By Patricia, Room With Bookson March 10, 2016
Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of Hidden Chamber of Death, Book One of The Moccasin Hollow Mystery Series, by Hawk MacKinney for the purpose of an honest review.
It is my pleasure to have had the opportunity to read and review Hidden Chamber of Death by Hawk MacKinney.
This is the first book of Mr. MacKinney’s that I have read, but not the first I have heard of his writing. He has been a frequent visitor here on Room With Books. And an author that it has been my pleasure to host time and again.
I was not disappointed for a moment with Hidden Chamber of Death. I love the way Mr. MacKinney writes his characters, real enough you can hear them talking in your head as you read along and so alive you could almost reach out and touch them.
The search for a psychotic (no, TRULY psychotic) killer makes this first book in The Moccasin Trace Series an absolute thrill to read. I know I consumed Hidden Chamber of Death without hesitation once I began reading it.
I highly recommend Hidden Chamber of Death, Book One of The Moccasin Hollow Mystery Series, by Hawk MacKinney and encourage you to pick up a copy right away. I can’t imagine anyone being disappointed with it!
I give Hidden Chamber of Death by Hawk MacKinney five steaming hot cups of Room With Books coffee (the first cups I’ve given since learning how to use my new Keurig ;-).)
©March 9, 2016
~Patricia, Room With Books ~
3.0 out of 5 stars It hots up towards the end and leaves the way clear for more in the series.
By Ali - The Dragon Slayeron March 9, 2016
I wasn’t quite sure what to make of this book when I received an ARC. The cover is extremely simple so not a lot to entice me, it’s not an author I have read before but the over-riding appeal was it focusses on a Navy SEAL so I figured there would be some action.
Within minutes of starting it I realised the writing was going to be graphic .. hit square in the face with a corpse description. Moving on it covers a variety of subjects which viewers may find awkward. An in depth discussion between father and son about the appeal of girls, sex and how the parents have ‘fun’. It was well written but you can almost feel Jeff squirming with embarrassment, he doesn’t need to know the details .. in the next breath they are reminiscing about what Granny would say, one extreme to another.
There were rather a lot of mentions about standing near the grave or looking in the coffin, at this point I thought it was going to become tedious but it does move on slowly in the search for a psychotic killer. Murders, mystery and suspense makes it an average to good plot. I do believe it ‘sounds’ very American so perhaps I didn’t gel with it quite as much as some others. It hots up towards the end and leaves the way clear for more in the series.
Fans of murder/mysteries will find some content in here to make it an enjoyable story. Thanks to the author and iRead Book Tours for the opportunity to read this in exchange for my honest opinion.
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Mystery
By Dawnon March 7, 2016
I received a free copy of this book for an honest review.
When I read the prologue, I was afraid this was going to be a long, slow read. It wasn't even a page long and it contained names like PI Craige Howelle Graeme Roynane Ingram and SEAL Commanding Officer Craige 'Peadinger' Ingram, and that was just one person. Luckily, the prologue was short and wasn't indicative of what was to come.
Hidden Chamber of Death is a murder mystery with multiple murders and multiple bad guys. Besides a psychotic killer on the loose, there are some shady things happening at the bank where the first victim worked. I was kept guessing who was involved, how they were involved, and what exactly they were involved in.
The characters were well developed. It was easy for me to feel for Terri and Jeff who had recently lost their husband and dad, respectively. They both seem to be dealing with it well. When Craige enters their lives, he's good for both of them. He's not only a PI but he's a good guy and he's been around the block a time or two.
I definitely recommend Hidden Chamber of Death if you like a good mystery. I'm looking forward to the next book in the series.
It's all good to me.
By Sherry Fundinon March 11, 2016
Don’t let the cover for Hidden Chamber of Death by Hawk MacKinney fool you. This story is darker than you think.
A death brings ex-Navy seal, Craige Ingram, and Terri, a recent widow and bank examiner, together. Embezzlement puts Terri smack dab into the middle of danger. Craige will come to the rescue, which is what I expect from a hero. :-) Craige is a great guy. He takes you as you are, no bigotry, no judgments.
A grizzly murder and a psycho serial killer always catch my attention. I find out early who the killer is but there is more going on than murder. A death starts an inquiry into the bank records that someone desperately wants to keep quiet.
A bit of romance, a psycho serial killer, greed, embezzlement…it’s all good to me.
I’m not sure what it was about the writing, but it seemed a bit slow and I stumbled off and on…BUT, the ending makes it all worth it, so read on. I will be looking for the next adventure into the Vault of Secrets.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hidden Chamber of Death will make you breathless until the last page.
By Jessica Cassidyon March 10, 2016
. Mystery is my second favorite genre to read. It could be an old or new author. I am interested to read their writings.
A new mystery author to adore is Mr. Hawk MacKinney. My very first time to read his writing. I become a new fan. You should check out his book as well if you LOVE reading suspense.
Just like regular mystery book, Hidden Chamber of Death will make you breathless until the last page. You will LOVE Craige Ingram the Navy Seal. He is not only a hero but willing to continue to fight and solve problems in different way. This book is a must read. All the characters will make you guess and cannot wait to find out the killer. This book is hard to put it down and looking forward to read the next book of the series. This is a must read. I cannot wait for more heart thumping mystery book to read from Mr. MacKinney.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Pulls you Right in
By Teah Miston March 10, 2016
This book was truly an enjoyable read. I found that each page I turned pulled me in to the plot deeper and deeper. The book truly tightens its grip on you when you learn about the psychopathic killer that is killing for reasons of pleasure. The author truly did an amazing job with setting the stage for the plot of this book without how the reader learns about the case along side the two main characters. The identity of the killer was a bit of a surprise to me I somehow thought it was going to be someone else.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wow A Great Book
By DEBRAGGon March 8, 2016
Craige Ingram used to be a Navy Seal and now he is a private investigator who works part-time. From the very first page the reader will be hooked on his story. This book is full of action and a lot of mystery and suspense. I was very excited about reading this book. This is the first in author Hawk Mac Kinney's newest series called, "Moccasin Hollow Mystery Series." I really enjoyed this novel. I cannot wait to read the next one. I give this book a 5/5. I was given this book for a review and these are all my opinions. -
5.0 out of 5 stars Great suspense
By ACC8on January 14, 2016
Well crafted page-turner for readers who enjoy suspense/thriller mysteries.
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From a rocky outcrop a battle-widowed Etkaa, gazed down at the death and upheaval. Rancid green Murian blood stenched the dusklit breezes from the haze-dimmed river marshlands. Nothing has been spared by the Green Dragon forces of Bleikovia. In skirmishes along the Feldon River, Etkaaâ's mate is fatally wounded with deadly selvon poison. Through a gruesome mountain trek of icy blizzards, they elude the Green Dragon. The battered starving Feldovats reach the coast at Eedov City only to be confronted by their implacable enemy determined to destroy the remaining Klarvkon rabble. Taking passage on crowded Maalon freighters, the refugees escape toward a new life among their Maalon hosts. Enraged Bleikovats move against the Klarvkons, bringing indiscriminate bloodshed. War once again surfaces, as it did in the muddy filth along the Feldon River of Malfesov, and becomes a different kind of war.
Hawk MacKinney's latest science fiction novel is an exciting war and survival read that takes place on an alien planet by people who act much the same as we here on Earth. The story is told from the view of the nation that is devastated. The action is well paced and comes with an ending we humans would do good to emulate. Great Read for Science Fiction Fans! DON BUSH, Owner, Booklovers Bookstore, Aiken SC
5.0 out of 5 stars Science Fiction at its Best
By ACC8 on March 18, 2013
The Cairns of Sainctuarie: The Bleikovat Event is science fiction at its best. The first in the series, this story is engaging with suspense and action that will hold your interest. The descriptive detail makes the story come alive, as do the characters. An intellectual read, Bleikovat Event will challenge even the most ardent reader of science fiction, making it well worth while.
3.0 out of 5 stars Claks & Gelfs and Murians, Oh My.
By Augusta Writers on October 26, 2012
Several years ago, I told a student that it serves little purpose to be the smartest person in the room, if no one understands what you are talking about. Fast forward to last week, and the same can be applied to Hawk McKinney's The Cairns of Santuarie: The Bleikovat Event. No, this is not my normal read, but I am fair and read/review vast numbers of materials and am always fair in my assessments and reviews. I also had the pleasure of meeting Mr. McKinney last year at the Augusta Literary Festival and when I came across his book, I thought, why not?
Mckinney is a gifted story teller and man of vast intelligences and depth. It is obvious that he has spent a great deal of time in the development of this fantasy world, the inhabitants, the foliage and even on the beasts of burden. McKinney is a scholar with a background in academia and professional fields that many long to even attempt. His travels and teachings in Jerusalem are evidence in the details he spends on the cartography of the land and maps which are included in the back of the book to help you understand remote province of Bleikovia. I think it was about all I understood.
What I like about this book is detail that he spends laying out the peacefulness of the life of the Malfesian Murians who are enjoying the bounty of the harvest festival. They are not aware that outside of their peaceful part of the world a war is raging and headed towards their doorstep. McKinney paints an image of an idyllic life where the village elder Feldovats assures his clansmen that no one is going to bother us here. From that point, there is war, fights, lots of characters whose names I cannot process, let alone pronounce, and green Murian blood flowing from bodies gnawed on by war Claks.Read more ›
4.0 out of 5 stars An excellent addition to the science fiction genre
By Judith McCall on January 30, 2015
This book is an excellent addition to the science fiction genre. Although the first couple of chapters were a little slow to get through, they were necessary to understand what led up to the decisions that were made later.
The world building this author did was incredible. The author provides maps and a glossary to help the reader, but be aware there's a lot of material. It's an excellent book, but it is definitely not a light beach read.
I really liked the main character, Etkaa-- she's strong and resourceful and she does what needs to be done, but she still has a loving center.
I'm looking forward to reading the next book in the series to see what is to become of these people as this book serves as a history for what comes next.
5.0 out of 5 stars An unexpected surprise
By Liza O'Connor on October 22, 2014
I should have hated this book. Instead I couldn't put it down. It flowed very well and was well written. The author clearly did his homework, for everything is laid out in great detail, which would normally bore me with excessive detail, but did so only during the financial discussion. It is some of the best world building I've ever seen. I couldn't stop reading and got teary eyes several times.
Is this book filled with complexity? Oh yeah.
Did I get mad at the heroine several times? Yes I did.
Did I ever stop liking her? Not for a second.
Did I like her husband and her fierce protector? Yes I did, very much.
Did I like the ending? Yes and No. I did like the ending, but somehow felt disappointed. Possibly because, unlike the novel which is full of clarity and specific details, the end fades softly.
As to Recommendations: If you like constant battles between tribes on a different world with deadly mounts far fiercer than a horse, definitely read this.
If you like strong women heroines in war, you should like this, unless you expect real romance, which you do not get here.
Due to ending and the tedious financial lesson, and my general dislike of war stories, I give this a 4.5 stars. Which is a lot of stars from someone who shouldn't have like this book at all. I still don't know how that happened.
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Hidden Chamber of Death is a compelling tale of intrigue, murder, deception and suspense that leads retired Navy SEAL/part-time private investigator Craige Ingram in search of the connection between seemingly random murders and a banking conspiracy. Working with the local homicide investigator, who just happens to be a former Navy buddy, Craige Ingram's attempts to protect a lonely widow and solve the case before another person dies are only thwarted by a psychotic killer whose motivation is based on pure depraved pleasure. In this first book of the MOCCASIN HOLLOW MYSTERY SERIES...
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The Indian Queen would risk torture and worse to keep her secrets from these barbarians in suits of metal and their search for cities of gold. They never found the gold. Empires rose; empires fell, the centuries passed. Legend became fireside myths, but no treasure was ever found. Yet, among the grey-green drapes of wisteria and wild jasmine along the misty shrouded lowlands of bayous and marshes of the Westo River, the folktales persisted.
In the lazed creep of a near-tropical dawn lit the pungent Turkish coffee permeated Moccasin Hollow. Beyond the kitchen door Lucky, Craige Ingram’s German shepherd gnawed a favorite bone. Looted burial mounds seemed a world away until plundered mounds on Moccasin Hollow land brings amateur archaeologist PI Craige Ingram into the cross-hairs of kidnapping. Stealthy hideaways are concealed in old colonial brick-lined river grottoes beneath the big house of Ardochy plantation. Sex-tape underage blackmail and thrill killings on federal land spur a medical examiner’s preliminary postmortem to more than a hired cleaner’s quickie cover-up passed off as drug deals gone sour. Greed tangles a witch’s pigswill of illicit affairs and murder-to-hide-murder. Shady investigators and shadier politics stir an unexpected concoction that threatens the lives of those at Moccasin Hollow in a spiteful plot against ex-SEAL Craige Ingram and the woman he loves.
4.0 out of 5 stars Hard Sci-Fi from a fine writer
By Judith McCall on January 30, 2015
This book is a wonderful addition to the Cairns of Sainctuarie series. This is hard SF... think Larry Niven.
On an adventure level, we have Terato and the Myr worlds under attack and Eklam and Korvo working desperately to find answers and resolve the issue. On a relationship level, we have the friendship and partnership of Ek and Korvo.
Mr. MacKinney is a fine writer who has his world-building down pat. I'm thankful he included a glossary at the end of the book --while some things I understood based on context, it was nice to be able to verify that. And, there were other things I needed the glossary for.
Because of the science involved, it could be a difficult book to read--it's definitely not a book you can skim through or read while other things are going on. But, if you are a fan of hard science fiction, this is definitely a series you will want to check out. It's not necessary to read the first book in the series; it deals with the historical background of this time, but it does give you a feel for the people. You can definitely pick up the series with this book, though.
3.0 out of 5 stars Hidden weapons, untraceble power sources
By Geneva Handleman on December 30, 2014
A different viewpoint of the old idea that we here on earth have been at least visited by higher intelligence in our past.
As an independent reviewer for Paranormal Books and Authors that Rock, I enjoyed the storyline of this book and the interactions between characters kept me reading to the very end. The action scenes were very exciting as well. I am more of a sci-fantasy geek so the technical terms and discussions of physics tended to make my eyes glaze a bit, but the characters were engaging enough to keep me reading. Between the high level of technical speak and the occasional feel of reading a script I give this one three fangs.
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Generations after the great Murian upheaval of the Malfesian War against the Bleikovats, the Accords between planets Terato and Myr are signed. Provisional Outpost Terato is under construction near a farm where Teratoan orphan Eklam a'Qoc lives with his uncle and cousin. Inquisitive strong-minded Eklam, Ek to everyone in the village, is captivated by the off-worlders technology, and becomes an apprentice to the Outpost Terato's Murian commander, Grand Duke Korvo. Uncle a'Qoc disapproves; wants nothing to do with these outlanders, wants their shimmering doorway portals-of-travel banned from Terato. As Outpost Terato becomes operational it seems to become a harbinger stirring ageless secrets of The Old Ones and their frightful weapons, of ancient Teratoan ruins, mysterious glowing lights, unexplained killings, a sacred book in a language no Teratoan can read, a moon that doesn't behave like a moon in its wobbly orbit. From cosmic reaches beyond space and time the ominous secrets of Terato's ancient ruins become more threatening. Ek and Korvo realize both their worlds face extinction with any hope buried somewhere in unknown galaxies far beyond a pastoral Terato or the sophisticated star-empire of the Murians; of missing planets in a star system with its single star in a galaxy far-removed unknown to Terato or Myr. They travel across the universe to a place long forgotten to fight this unknown foe with weapons only dreamed of. Together they face the beast that wishes to consume the entire universe.