Eryinath-5, The Dancer Nebula

Volume II of the Knolan Cycle

Book Cover for Eryinath-5, The Dancer Nebula

Hāthar-Tahk, (formerly Marty Tellus of Earth) has just returned from a successful mission with the Knolan Shock Forces (KSF). In common with most successful combat missions, Hāthar returns with his share of ghosts. The mission cost him and his platoon dearly. Casualties were high. But in the variable operational calculus by which Knolans evaluate success, it was “worth it.”

Hāthar, on the other hand, is less sanguine about the men and women he’s lost than the strategic planners who advise the Guardian, responsible for the safety of the twenty-three systems (or sectars that form the Knolan Concordant. He understands and respects their perspective. But for Hāthar, the loss of men and women following his orders is deeply personal.

On the upside, Arra, Hāthar’s partner is carrying their first child and both mother and unborn are in good health. For reasons that should be obvious, Hathar wants to be around for the birth and Arra is looking forward to having him there to share the experience.

Unfortunately the Knolans’ Valdrōsian enemy rarely sleeps. The Knolan fleet protecting the Orothon Sectar has ambushed by Valdrōsians using advanced stealth technology the Knolans have yet to decipher. And they have no countermeasures. While not decisive in itself, the Knolans are rattled by the ease with which they were ambushed. A counter must be found.

So when an accidental misstep by the Valdrōsians reveals where the new stealth technology has been developed, Hāthar-Tahk is called to help plan the raid. Sensitive to Hāthar’s extended absence and Arra’s approaching delivery, the Guardian wants to limit his help in planning only.

Specifically, the Guardian wants the benefit of his unique ability to formulate creative and unpredictable approaches to seemingly insoluable problems. The Guardian isn’t disappointed.

Together with Zukinar, a Knolan Intelligence planner, they come up with a plan that may work. But it’s so risky that Hāthar cannot in good conscience leave this mission to anyone else.

Designated Mission Commander, Hathar begins mission-specific training for Operation Night Flower, a mission with so many uncontrollable variables, top-level leadership has profound doubts about anyone returning from it. But Sa ́ang Kurinth, the Knolan call to duty is a compelling principal in Hāthar’s mind. Once he can’t ignore, personal desires notwithstanding.

Eryinath-5, The Dancer Nebula takes the reader on a journey of convoluted twists of fate and gives them an upclose and personal look at Knola’s implacable enemy, the Valdrōsians and the perilously beautiful region that is Knola’s corner of our galaxy. Eryinath-5 is available in Kindle and paperback from Amazon and in paperback and epub from Barnes and Noble and Kobo.

What Reviewers Are Saying About Eryinath-5

“A great second book that takes up from the first book where it should and how it should. A throughly enjoyable read that, like the first book, is hard to put down. D.B. Sayers has a knack for developing characters that appeal to the reader while entwining them in a story line that has enough twists and turns to keep you guessing. Sprinkled throughout is thoughtful dialog that gives the reader a moment to pause and go back and reread a particularly insightful moment in the story.”

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“I find it rare to read a book where the imagination shines so much and is so vivid. This one did it for me. Sci-Fi is one of those where you really need to be able to picture things and I was able to get a clear picture in my head.”

“This is an exciting read with wonderfully engaging characters that are passionate and compelling. Add to that the action and you will be engrossed.”

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“I really enjoyed this read! I thought it was very engaging once it got started, I couldn’t put it down. I liked how the writer made me feel like I was part of this new world and a part of the story. The characters became real, the world became real! Vivid.”

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About the Author

D.B. Sayers is a retired Marine officer turned corporate trainer and district manager, turned full-time author. Other books by Sayers include:

Other Books by D.B. Sayers

West of Tomorrow, a contemporary novel of corporate intrigue, betrayal, misplaced love and the phoenix in all of us.

Best-Case Scenario, Act I of Nyra’s Journey is a thoughtful and often racy New Adult novella following the development of Nyra Westensee, from a young college graduate with more questions than answers to a young woman of dawning sophistication.

Through the Windshield is an anthology of thought-provoking short stories.

Tier Zero, Vol. I of the Knolan Cycle is the first book in the Knolan series, a tale of first contact between Earth and the Knolan Concordant. Eryinath-5 above-mentioned is the second book in the series.

The Year of Maybe, Act II of Nyra’s Journey, the sequel to Best-Case Scenario is due out this year.

Riders on the Storm—Waves of Change

The Year of Maybe, Act II of Nyra's Journey

Nyra's journey continues...

Readers of Best-Case Scenario, Act I of Nyra’s Journey sensed there would be more to the story. They were not wrong. The Year of Maybe, Act II of Nyra’s Journey, published in late July  picks up six months after Best-Case Scenario ends.

When we left off, Nyra had just come to grips with where she is in her life and the sometimes exhilarating, sometimes terrifying uncertainty. Growing up, Nyra had been hopeful she would not be forced to deal with the gnawing insecurities that her mother had dealt with most of her adult life. In a word, she wanted less struggle and more security.

Success and Quicksand...

But security and certainty don’t come easily, especially to the young—and especially in the third decade of the 21st Century. As Nyra is learning. Just as she’s learning about burn-out. She’s doing well and taking on new responsibility as she gains more and more of her boss Denise’s respect.

Paradoxically, the better she does professionally, the more she doubts her abilities to sustain and live up to the expectations her boss has of her. The fear is palpable, sometimes, but usually it lurks in her sub-conscious, coloring her thoughts in ways she is only vaguely aware of.

She really wants a boat she can live aboard, for reasons she can’t entirely articulate. But she can’t afford one yet on her salary, and still make her car and student loan payments. Nyra needs a distraction. Something—or someone—to balance her life. In her experience, life is rarely kind. But fortuitous accidents do happen.

Tai, San Onofre and Surfing

On a whim, Nyra decides to sign up for surfing lessons, at San Onofre State Beach. If she can’t afford a boat yet, she reasons, surfing might be an emotionally rewarding second best. She has always loved the ocean and used to tag along with her brother and his friends when they went to the beach to surf. Maybe it will give her the balance she needs.

As life occasionally does, it gives Nyra way more than she expects. It all starts with Tai Abrega, a professional surfer and shaper from Hawai’i who teaches surfing lessons as a side hustle. Tai is a gorgeous hunk and nothing like what Nyra expects. Intelligent, thoughtful, and perceptive, he draws her in. Surfing—and Tai—become central to her life. So much so, that in a matter of months, Nyra cannot imagine her life without Tai in it. But Tai is more than a shaper and her surfing instructor. He’s also a professional surfer with promise, intent on making a living on the pro circuit, which will take him on the road more than six months a year. Tai has big dreams beyond success on the tour. But can Nyra wait that long? And what about her own aspirations?

The Year of Maybe, Act II of Nyra’s Journey takes Nyra on a voyage of discovery not only of the seductive call of the ocean, huge surf, the full gut wrench, and the possibility of love. No journey like this is smooth or without danger. But for  the courageous and open-minded, comes dawning sophistication and fulfillment that can be had by only a few. Will Nyra answer the call, and if so, how does it turn out?

Best-Case Scenario and The Year of Maybe are both available on Amazon. Just click the links and enjoy. There will be at least one more book in the Nyra Westensee series.