The journey of Galen Dwyn continues in the second book of the Starquest 4th Age series.
While Dwyn lies in stasis, recovering from his injuries in his stand against Harmool’s fleet, Rhea has assumed the title of Regent of Salacia while leading the search for her missing father, King Iodocus. She is also helping repair the damage done to the Alliance in her Uncle’s and Mother’s mad quest to launch a new Empire. A shocking assassination attempt is thwarted at the last second by Dwyn, who seems to be a changed man now that he has exited stasis to save his love.
The King’s location is ascertained and a rescue mission mounted to retrieve him from the Wilds, a lawless area of space. An ambush splits their forces and Dwyn leads the ambushers away so that Rhea and her father can escape. Before Dwyn can find a way back to Alliance territory, an old enemy returns from the grave, and hold Rhea and the King hostage, while triggering a massive insurrection that overthrows the Alliance and installs a new Emperor.
Dwyn must now mount a second rescue while finding a way to rally a rebellion against this threat to peace in the Hominids’ corner of the Andromeda Galaxy.
Millions of years in the future, humanity has been driven out of the Milky Way and now calls the Andromeda Galaxy home. Lost in their murky past are the tales of great knights that held the line against the invasion of a dark force until the rest of humanity could escape their doom. The last and greatest of these knights was Galen Underwood.
Long after that heroic stand, a mercenary by the name of Galen Dwyn has been hired to rescue a kidnapped princess. Enticed by a healthy down payment and a chance to settle an old score, Galen accepts the job, only to find out it’s a lot more than he bargained for.
Soon Galen finds himself weaving and dodging through a web of political intrigue as the very forces that chase him have set in motion plans that will throw the galactic alliance into civil war.
To his surprise, he also finds that the rescued princess might not be quite the spoiled brat he rescued from the clutches of her keeper.
Accompanied by the princess, his former mentor, and a snarky AI, Galen sets out to find a way to outsmart entire kingdoms, keep the princess alive, and avert the deaths of millions.
Of course, he’ll also learn the reasons behind his namesake’s chosen path, as he realizes that the only way to win is Galen’s way.
From ReadersFavorite.com 5-star review by Steve Robson:
Galen’s Way: A Starquest 4th Age Adventure by Richard Paolinelli is a paradigm shift to a galaxy as distant in the future as it is in space: Andromeda, a place Captain Galen Dwyn calls home. As a mercenary in charge of the space ship Tempest, Galen finds himself drawn into intrigue by the lure of wealth beyond his imagination; a convoluted web of deceit, treachery, political plots, and galactic forces that will not only threaten his life but the lives of those he loves and the peace of all hominids. How Galen negotiates the challenges which are thrown at him will reveal his character and worth as an individual and will have implications that reverberate throughout the worlds of Andromeda, and into a future of uncertainty. Only the climactic end of this fast-paced action-adventure tale will determine the destiny of Galen’s Way; a revelation unexpected and shocking in its possibilities.
Richard began his writing journey as a freelance writer in 1984 and gained his first fiction credit serving as the lead writer for the first two issues of the Elite Comics sci-fi/fantasy series, Seadragon. In 2010, Richard retired as a sportswriter and returned to his fiction writing roots. Since then he has written several award-winning novels, two non-fiction sports books, and has appeared in several anthologies including eight of the 11-book Tuscany Bay Books’ Planetary Anthology Series and five Sherlock Holmes collections. He also writes a weekly Star Trek fan fiction series, The Calling, on his website, www.scifiscribe.com.
He has multiple novels planned for release this year including the upcoming novel, Galen’s Way, a space opera set in award-winning author John C. Wright’s Starquest Universe and it is due out in just a few weeks. Galen’s Way is the first of six planned novels connected to Starquest that Richard will be writing and releasing over the next two years. He also has three other standalone novels planned for release over the next year.
He also occasionally fills in as a guest co-host here on The Writer’s Block whenever Jim Christina’s horse runs off and leaves him stranded in the middle of the desert.