Desert World: Book Three
Lieutenant Commander Verly Black is ready to leave the atrocities of war behind and immigrate to the planet of Livre, where he can build a future away from the ghosts of his past. He doesn’t expect to find a kindred spirit in councilman Naite Poli—a man with secrets as dark as Verly’s own and bearing the scars to prove it. Both men have done what was necessary to survive—Verly in battle and Naite in defense of his family—and they’re haunted by memories that leave them wary of trusting others. As they circle each other, the political maneuvering around them grows more dangerous, with the outer worlds trying to force Livre into one alliance or another. Some still view Verly as a killer and a spy, and they’re determined not to let him forget what he’s done. Others fear the implications of a military officer sharing the bed of a councilmember. When the rebel alliance moves beyond threats, Verly and Naite must push through the pain of their pasts and stand together to fight for the future of their world.
Verly and Naite, two damaged alpha males who need more whether or not they realize it. Verly Black is a Planetary Alliance pilot who we met during Shan and Temar’s negotiations. With a checkered past, he’s been “stationed” on Livre. His presence and affiliation raises questions.
Naite Gazer, older brother of Temar is in charge of running the farm where Verly is being housed. From the onset sparks fly in more ways than one. Naite takes his responsibilities seriously and his welcome for Verly is multifaceted.
The series arc is peaking as Temar and Shan are growing into their leadership positions. Temar is turning out to be the formidable player Lillian suspected. His strategy in the water wars is perfect. Let’s just say it’s good teething practice with the present issues facing them.
Planet Livre is still a resource being batted between the opposing forces of the Planetary Alliance (PA) and the Alliance of Free Planets (AFP). As new immigrants Natalie and Rula, AFP soldiers and Verly, PA pilot are suspect in the the game being played.
Somewhere between figuring out the new immigrants intentions and carrying on, external forces push the issue. Lines are drawn in the sand with Temar growing stronger and more prominent, but can he negotiate for Livre’s safety, again?
While one can read this out of series order, it is not recommended because the history of the characters is critical to understanding present motivations. This book is my favorite and really explores moral and sociological issues.
People who thought they could do anything expected everything of themselves.