From the national bestselling author of the Crystal Healer
The newest book in the thrilling Stardoc series
Dispatched to investigate an unidentified ship that has emerged from a mysterious rift in space, Cherijo discovers technology far more advanced than anything she’s ever seen. Before she can unravel the alien ship’s mystery, Cherijo’s own ship is sucked into the rift and transported through time. Unless she can find a way to reopen the rift, they will remain trapped in another time. And Cherijo will never see her family-which she’s only just been reunited with-again…
NINTH IN THE “CONTINUOUSLY SURPRISING AND DEVIOUSLY WRITEN” SERIES
Genetically engineered interstellar surgeon Dr. Cherijo Torin, her husband Duncan Reever, and a handpicked crew journey to the planet oKia to locate a strange black mineral that is the source of an intergalactic epidemic. When one of the crew members becomes infected, his body slowly begins to crystallize. While Cherijo races to save the crew member, mercenaries arrive in the oKia system, wanting Cherijo’s genes-and her near immortality. It will take all of her abilities to elude the mercenaries and discover the black crystal’s secrets before it’s too late.
After regaining her memories and saving the reptilian Hsktskt from a devastating plague, Dr. Cherijo Torin faces a different kind of epidemic—a mysterious black crystal spreading like cancer throughout the galaxy. A mercenary claiming to have information on the crystal’s origins leads Cherijo and her husband Duncan Reever to the planet Trellus, and maroons them there.
Trellus is a world under quarantine. Its colonists exhibit excessive paranoia and anger, taking out their frustrations in the Omega Dome in simulated combat against battle drones. But someone—or something—is killing victims outside the arena, leaving only their skins behind. Cherijo believes the black crystal infection is responsible for this horror—and that someone deliberately triggered the outbreak.
Dr. Cherijo Torin is not herself. With no memory of her past-or even of the man she loved-she sees herself as a different person and has no desire to remember who she once was. But Cherijo must remember if she’s to develop a cure for the Hsktskt plague before their race becomes extinct.
Two years ago, Dr. Cherijo Torin’s ship crash-landed on the ice-covered world of Akkabarr. Struggling to survive in the hostile landscape, she has no memory of her past. Now her husband Duncan Reever has finally located her—and he will stop at nothing to bring Cherijo home.
But Akkabarr is a world in conflict. Slaves forced to live on the planet’s surface are rebelling against their masters, the Windlords who rule from sub-orbital cities far above the harsh climate. And on this war-torn world, Duncan Reever will discover that his greatest obstacle to reuniting with Cherijo may be Cherijo herself.
Aboard the star vessel Sunlace, Dr. Cherijo Torin and her husband have found refuge from the Hsktskt, the League, and her half-mad creator. Now they intend to find Cherijo’s foster mother—and the truth behind the subliminal messages she left in Cherijo’s brain.
But first they have some promises to keep—promises that put them in the middle of an interstellar war. Everything Cherijo ever fought for is put on the line—including her solemn oath to protect life.
Beginning in Stardoc—a novel hailed as one of the best science fiction books of the year by Science Fiction Chronicle—S. L. Viehl’s smart, savvy surgeon, Cherijo Torin, has ventured across the universe in and out of danger and love, driven by two great forces—her sworn duty to heal the sick and her constant fear of the demented man who created her.
S. L. Viehl’s smart, savvy surgeon Cherijo Torin has ventured across the universe in and out of danger and love, driven by two great forces—her sworn duty to heal the sick, and her constant fear of the demented man who created her…
Having freed themselves from the Hsktskt slave traders, Cherijo and her husband Duncan wanted to start looking for a nice, quiet part of the universe where Cherijo’s Creator, Joseph Grey Veil, wouldn’t find them. But Joseph Grey Veil never gives up…
Now the newlyweds are living underground with the help of a renegade band of alien-human half-breeds. But when Duncan is forced into their deadly shockball games, and Cherijo is used to keep the players healthy, safety becomes its own kind of imprisonment, and Cherijo learns that she cannot merely run from her past—she must destroy it…
Colonel Shropana was willing to destroy the Jorenians just to capture Dr. Cherijo for the Allied League of Worlds—so she felt little remorse for selling him out to brutal Hsktskt slave traders. But just as Cherijo made her escape, the man she once loved stabbed her in the back—and handed her over to the same slavers.
Alone, hated, and feared by her fellow slaves, Cherijo needs all her training to save those in need—a difficult task amidst the endless brutality of their captors, but a far better fate than being the League’s guinea pig. As she struggles desperately to help those she can, Cherijo reminds herself that good doctors don’t let personal vendettas stand in the way of duty. But then, most doctors aren’t Cherijo Torin.
Dr. Cherijo is living the perfect life–if you think that finding out you’re a clone, then being declared “non-sentient” by your father/creator is your idea of perfect.Things could be worse. But when the Human League comes after her, with bounty hunters of every race trying to bring her in, Cherijo figures it can’t get any worse…Until someone begins stalking her dreams.Praise for StarDoc:”AI? just loved it. Don’t miss this one.” –Catherine Coulter”Continuously surprising… deviously written…and splendidly full of new characters.” –Anne McCaffrey
Dr. Cherijo Grey Veil leaves Earth and accepts a position as a physician at Kevarzanga-2’s FreeClinic. Her surgical skills are desperately needed on a hostile frontier world with over 200 sentient species—and her understanding of alien physiology is nothing short of miraculous. But the truth behind her expertise is a secret which, if discovered, could have disastrous consequences between human and alien relations.