A millennium after the formidable war machines of the User cultures
devoured entire civilisations and rewrote planetary geography, Earth is
in the grip of a perpetual Dark Age. Scientific endeavour is strongly
discouraged, while remnant technology is locked away - hidden by a
Church determined to prevent a new Armageddon.
This is the world to which Benzamir Michael Mahmood must return. A
descendant of the tribes who fled the planet during those ages-old wars,
he comes in pursuit of enemies from the far reaches of space. The
technology he brings is wondrous beyond the imaginings of those he will
meet, but can its potency match that of the Church's most closely
For centuries it has lain dormant, buried in a lead-lined tomb deep
beneath the flagstones of a remote Siberian monastery. But it is about
to be unearthed, and the powers that will be unleashed may be beyond
anyone's capacity to control. Even a man as extraordinary as Benzamir...