The Bloodlight Chronicles: Reconciliation (ePub)
On the road much travelled of neo-cyberpunk, The Bloodlight Chronicles manages to tell a suspenseful and lean story not about glazing-eyes tech gone crazy but about gifted, yet human-sized characters we care about, with some welcome twists on beloved already classics — avatars roaming cyberspace, which is described quite fetchingly here, for instance, or immortality through downloading into the Machine, which is not all that it's cracked up to be, thankfully. There is also an intriguing extra-terrestrial, or should I say extra-universal element which bodes well for the following books of what will be a series. I for one will be waiting for them.
— ?isabeth Vonarburg, award-winning SF author, Guest of Honor at Worldcon 2009
Zakariah Davis and his wife Mia are among those infected with an alien virus that vastly prolongs life, and their blood has become a black-market staple due to its rejuvenating effects. Their teenage son Rix does not carry the Eternal virus, and Zakariah is consumed by the search for an “activated sample” with which to inoculate him.
Zakariahs brain has been surgically wired for direct connection to the global computer system where economic activity is conducted by avatars in virtual cyberspace. He gets busted and burned for trying to transport Canadian grain without a permit, and escapes as a fugitive, separated from his family and friends. He is trapped by a power-group known as the Eternal Research Institute, and travels offplanet through a commercial wormhole along with his new business partner and surgical cyber-twin, Helena Sharp, who is seeking the Source of the virus for her own purposes. In the Cromeus colonies, on the other side of time and space, Zakariah will risk everything to give his son Eternal life.