Descent into Darkness

(11 customer reviews)


Descent into Darkness is the second novel in the sci-fi series “The Chronicles of Deneb”. Follow the crew of the Space Ark Mayflower as they adapt to life on the planet Deneb, where they must learn to integrate into an alien culture amidst a brutal global conflict. Get ready to descend into darkness along with the crew of the Mayflower as the adventure continues!


Mayhem follows the Mayflower. Descent into Darkness continues the story of the crew of the Space Ark Mayflower as they adapt to their new home on the planet Deneb. But along with their struggle to integrate into the alien culture, a new battle sweeps across the planet with the arrival of the human-transmitted Chimera bactovirus, bringing war and fanning the flames of racial intolerance between the Denebian nations. With war raging across the planet, the crew of the Mayflower is split between the two factions and embroiled in the chaos and destruction. Descend with the crew into darkness, where the only survivors of a global war will be on the right side of the border.

11 reviews for Descent into Darkness

  1. Anna

    Thrilling, Exciting and Compelling. Those are the words I would use to describe Descent into Darkness. This book is the second in a series called “The Chronicles of Deneb”. Descent into Darkness follows the lives of a group of humans who were forced to leave Earth and find themselves trying to fit in on a new planet. Descent into Darkness is a real page turner and is a rousing space opera. It mixes hard sci-fi with a gripping plot and characters that I really could indentify with. I loved the partnership between the gruff male general and the wild young female captain. Espionage, battle scenes, romance and terrorism- there is something for everyone in this book. Pick it up and I promise that you won’t put it down until you are done.

  2. Reviewer 843382

    A science-fiction military action novel. I highly recommend reading the first book in the series, The Flight of The Mayflower before diving into this sequel. I didn’t and had a lot of blanks to fill in. My loss. In this second novel, humans have integrated into their new alien worlds and are facing their new reality. What happens when the problems you hoped you left behind haunt you? How do you handle the ones your new world have in store for you? Will you do more harm than good? The author is an expert on military matters so everything in that vein was totally believable. The large cast of characters was complicated but well thought out. Very realistic as a military action novel but lacked the hard science fiction details of the aliens and their worlds this reader was hoping for. I suspect we’ll see more from this author.

  3. David Amberley

    Descent into Darkness opens the door to another planet for the crew of the Mayflower. Flying ace, Fynn, embarks on a new life on the other side of the holoscreen, flying sky killers and managing a Formation on flying aces for the Wesselan Armed Forces. Daniel leaves his beautiful vessel, The Mayflower, and finds solace in botanism thanks to Pallav’s vengeful strategies. Pallas continues his life with Tara on this new planet, Deneb, thousands of light years from Earth. Pallav, as the Inspector of the Wesselan Defence Force, wages war in the Deneb nation. This novel is filled with adventure and excitement as the characters live and explore new lives on this foreign land. Pandora’s box is opened as the bactovirus spreads and war ensues.

  4. Gary M.

    Descent into Darkness is the second book in the The Chronicles of Deneb. It takes place in the “near future” (2080). The book follows a group of scientists and their families who fled Earth on a Space Ark to land on an inhabited planet in the Denebian Solar System. Now they’re trying to fit in as human refugees, and as you can image, they face many challenges.
    In the story, the group is split apart between two nations that hold very different value systems. The leader of the “Mayflower Clan” is an astronautical engineer who was the project manager for NASA’s Space Ark program. Now he and his “clan” find themselves living amongst nomadic people for whom tradition is the number one value. Of course, this causes a bit of a culture clash, not to mention the fact that they bring along with them a bioengineered disease that decimates the population. The second group of humans are somewhat more fortunate and find employment with a powerful, militaristic nation. The two nations find themselves on a collision course, with our human friends caught in the middle. Will they adapt? Will they survive the chaos?
    There’s a lot there: espionage, battle, romance and terrorism along with a wide cast of characters.
    Overall, I found it a rousing good read and give it my recommendation for a quick, fun read.

  5. John Derek

    Descent into Darkness by Zanne Raby is the next novel in the military Science-Fiction series, The Chronicles of Deneb. And as with the first book, The Flight of the Mayflower, it is an action-packed blood and thunder thrill of a ride.
    Things were never going to be easy for the crew with the whole integration scenario. Ongoing relationships within the crew members and the problems with racial tension were always going to cause friction.
    So the last thing anyone needed was the disastrous arrival of the human-transmitted Chimera bactovirus. The creation of deadly bacterial-viral organisms would be something you hope would be outlawed in the future. It is reassuring Descent into Darkness is Science Fiction, and our militaries would never do anything so crass and irresponsible, probably.
    There is some incredible state of the art weaponry on show within the narrative. The author has put her background and imagination to full use in designing some out of this world (literally) hardware.
    With so many characters within the narrative to keep tabs on, it is hard to keep up with them all, and with the Mayflower splitting into Clans, you automatically start taking sides.
    Along with all the politics, there is rebellion, treachery, murder, intrigue and much more besides. The action is relentless as it comes across in waves and waves.
    The author writes with passion and intensity, with a love for the subject matter that manifests itself in her books.
    Descent into Darkness is a good Science-Fiction Military adventure and should not be missed.
    Thank you, NetGalley and Suzanne Raby (IBPA), for the ARC.

  6. A Person

    That I was a dumbbutt. Lol. I didn’t realize it was a sequel when I started reading it. Which is MY bad. I saw the cover, read the synopsis and went for it. I recommend reading the first book in the series first. It was a little hard to follow at first for that reason.

    The writing is great. I liked the style. It kept me engaged and reading long enough to figure out what was going on. I enjoyed how the different points of view wove together to move the plot along.

  7. groundmar

    I didn’t realize it was a sequel when I started reading it. Which is my bad. I saw the cover, read the synopsis and went for it. I recommend reading the first book in the series first. It was a little hard to follow at first for that reason.

    The writing is great. I liked the style. It kept me engaged and reading long enough to figure out what was going on. I enjoyed how the different points of view wove together to move the plot along.

  8. Anthony Philo

    This books is the second in The Chronicles of Deneb series. The Flight of the Mayflower is the first book. The story is about a group of humans who escape earth in a massive spaceship and land on a world with aliens , who seem to share human DNA. The first book must be read to follow the action in Descent into Darkness.

  9. Michel

    Being a big sci-fi fan, I have read many great novels on the subject and am happy to say that Descent Into Darkness certainly does not disappoint. Far from it, the action is non-stop and the characters totally believable. The elaborate description of the alien worlds presented in the novel make it really easy to lose oneself in another reality, almost like being there yourself. The manner with which the protagonists must deal with the conflicts they are confronted with make for an engaging series of events that leave the reader always wanting more. The book is masterfully written and the technological advances introduced look downright believable, due no doubt to extensive research on the part of the author. If you seek an escape to a world that will make your mind travel to the far reaches of the universe, all the while being kept in suspense with non-stop action and intrigue, then this book is most definitely for you. I have no hesitation in recommending this book to all!

  10. Catherine

    Fair warning to you: the latest book in the Chronicles of Deneb is totally addictive. I haven’t slept in two nights since I picked up Descent into Darkness. I don’t want to give out specifics because there’s some mystery in this sci-fi space opera, but I’d like to share some of the things that makes this book stand out. Set in the near future, DiD is a thrilling space opera packed fill with intrigue. It builds on the first novel as the human crew of the Space Ark Mayflower are now learning to adapt to life on a new planet. are caught up in a whirlwind of conspiracy, terrorism and war. The book is very well written with a cohesive plot and interesting characters. It’s fast paced and exciting from start to finish. I’m a huge fan of this series and can hardly wait until the next novel arrives!

  11. Ian

    I have enjoyed reading two books in this series and am looking forward to the rest of it!! The sheer breadth of the initial concept behind these books, and then the development of not one but two alien worlds, plus multiple cultures within those worlds, is breathtaking. While fiction, it seems like a very believable version of our civilization’s near future. And while I’m aware that the pandemic storyline in these novels was developed well before the actual pandemic we’re experiencing here on Earth, that event made the novels hit home even more.

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