The thirteenth novel in The Shadow Wars.
At the edge of explored space sits a desert world known only as Ash. It supports a minuscule population of miserable soldiers, technicians, and scientists. Why are they here? A year ago, a deep space government probe discovered an ancient alien device of unknown origins. It doesn't belong to the Cyr, it's much older than that.
When all communications are suddenly lost with Ash and none of the teams sent to investigate report back, the government decides to put Anomalous Operations on the case.
Having survived harrowing horror sessions of their own, newcomers Jennifer North and Eric Starck are looking to prove their worth to their new boss, (and to see just how interesting the galaxy really is). Veterans of the strange and unusual Drake Winters and Greg Bishop are just looking to get the job done, as they've got problems of their own to deal with nowadays.
But none of them are even remotely prepared for the unholy hell that awaits them on Ash. It will push them past their breaking point. They will be forced beyond hope, beyond reason, beyond sanity...