The Argus Space Station looks down on a nightmarish Earth. And from
this safe distance, the Committee enforces its despotic rule. There
are too many people and too few resources, and they need twelve
billion to die before Earth can be stabilised. So corruption is
rife, people starve, and the poor are policed by mechanised
overseers and identity-reader guns. Citizens already fear the
brutal Inspectorate with its pain inducers. But to reach its goals,
the Committee will unleash satellite laser weaponry, taking carnage
to a new level. This is the world Alan Saul wakes to, travelling in
a crate destined for the Calais incinerator. How he got there he
doesn’t know, but he remembers pain and his tormentor’s face. He
also has company: Janus, a rogue intelligence inhabiting forbidden
hardware in his skull. As Janus shows Saul an Earth stripped of
hope, he resolves to annihilate the Committee and their regime.
Once he’s discovered who he was, and killed his interrogator . . .