Synopses & Reviews
In our universe, Ponce de León is remembered for his fruitless search for the mythical fountain of youth. But, in an alternate universe, his quest found something very differentand very dangerous. After his return to Spain, bizarre rumors flew about what he had found there, and what had come back with him.
Eighty-five years later, Spain sent a fleet of ships against England. The English were confident that they could repel the threatbut Englands fleet was annihilated by weapons shooting beams of fiery light, weapons which seemed to employ the blackest of sorcery, even if they were wielded by odd-looking beings in monks garb.
The Queen herself was forced to flee to the New World on Captain Thomas Winslows ship, Heron, accompanied by her advisor Dr. Dee, whom some called a sorcerer, and an odd fellow named Shakespeare, hoping there to find the source of Spains powerful weapons. But they would find far stranger matters there than they had expected, such as a grown woman who had been only an infant a year before, and eerie tales of a gate to another world with beings who were not human . . .
"In this alternate history romp, 16th-century Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de Len, searching for the fountain of youth, instead finds a crashed UFO and a portal to another world. A century later, Father Jernimo, an extraterrestrial Grella posing as a monk, is plotting an alien takeover after helping the Spanish Armada defeat the British with antimatter, or 'St. Antony's fire.' Capt. Thomas Winslow, merchant adventurer and privateer, whisks Queen Elizabeth to safety in Virginia, accompanied by several notables including astrologer Dr. John Dee and young actor William Shakespeare. There they learn that the lost Roanoke colonists went to a world where 19 years have passed during one year on Earth, and Virginia now leads a war against the Grella. White (Blood of the Heroes) leaves the ending open, suggesting more daring and implausible adventures to come." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
Ponce de Leon is remembered for his fruitless search for the mythical fountain of youth. In an alternate universe, his quest had found something very different--and very dangerous. After his return to Spain, bizarre rumors fly about what he had found there, and what had come back with him.
About the Author
completed a tour of duty in Vietnam as a Naval officer. With David Weber, he has collaborated on Insurrection
, In Death Ground
, and the New York Times
best seller The Shiva Option
. His recent books for Baen include Forge of the Titans
, The Prometheus Project
and Blood of the Heroes