Melly and Tom are sibling War Brats. They’ve always stuck by each other, no matter what, especially when it comes to enduring their abusive father. While living on a North Carolina base, Melly and Tom get the news that their family will be leaving for an American Army base near Bavaria, Germany. Leaving behind their precious Aunt Deeny, the only real motherly figure the siblings have had, the family of four adventure out to an American base where they will be staying for three years.
Melly and Tom McCarron are used to moving; their father, Jim, is a veteran of World War II. But once the family is finally back together and settled in North Carolina, yet another conflict erupts--the Cold War. When Jim takes a new position in Germany, Melly and Tom are uprooted and moved to an American base, an unknown place to them where they barely know the language. They are being torn away from their Aunt Deeny, who acts as a role model and friend of theirs. However, they don’t complain due to the fear of their father’s abusiveness.
Shadow Fall is a book about a girl named Maia who is chosen to save her world and continue the race after Pandora (an asteroid) will make Earth uninhabitable. After many traumatic experiences, which she doesn't let define her, Maia makes it her mission to save the only thing left in her life that matters—her little brother. Bravery, guilt, grief, and even a little bit of romance all guide Maia to the only way she can save her brother and the world—kill the Emperor.
Just as every Eyloni before her, Kidahin becomes an adult when she takes part in the adulthood ceremony. Soon after this important event, she is put to work on the ship Hunter’s Moon. But things do not go as planned and the ship is forced to land on a nearby moon to make repairs. This is where Kidahin meets Chief Warrant Officer Del Marsch. But unlike any other Eyloni before her, she forms a relationship with this human once he offers to train her. This comes as a surprise to both the humans and Eyloni, as they are two very different species.
Just returning from a year in Iraq, about to be reunited with his family, it would seem as if Michael Anthony's life is going to return to normal. Unfortunately, however much his time in Iraq messed with his mind, returning has messed it up even more. Stuck inside are memories of bad soldiers being promoted, good soldiers dying, and good people screwing up. As these memories swirl inside his head, he begins to wonder if there is any point in living. He tries to forget through drinking and drugs; he tries to find fulfillment through women.