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Daikan

Daikan

(2001)
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What if you grew up never knowing who you really are?

It's not that hard to imagine. A woman marries a man she barely knows, but thinks she loves. A child is born. The marriage fails. And the father fades into memory, leaving the child to be raised by the mother and her new husband.

That is this story. Of a man who has grown to adulthood, with a family of his own, but never knowing his heritage. Never knowing what legacy he might belong to. And when, at last, he finds out, it is far more unreal than any imagining could ever have been.

Here, the main character is a man named Jacob. He is, by his own account, a simple, humble man. Ordinary. And then one day a sister he's never known calls him, launching him down a crooked path to adventure, self-discovery, and the terrifying realization that he is anything but ordinary. He is the Daikan. And what that means will make the difference between Earth's salvation,

or its ultimate destruction.

This is a science-fiction novel about the culmination of ten thousand years of alien genetic manipulation, of a galactic war which has raged for millions of years, and of the ultimate destiny and purpose of mankind. Where did we come from? What is our purpose here? As Jacob discovers, biogenetically modified people have become a subset of humanity, secretly bred for combat prowess and psionic ability.

Pitted against immortal aliens with god-like power, they are in desperate need of a champion, a person in whom the genetic strains have reached their peak and produced the ultimate weapon. Jacob is that weapon. And he must learn to embrace his destiny in order to discover his true potential, to be the salvation of mankind.

 
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