A strange craft falls from the stars and crashes into the jungle near an isolated West African community. Inside, the locals discover the broken body of a man unlike any they have seen before - a man who is perhaps something more than human.
His name is Samara and he speaks with terror of a place called Tartarus - an orbiting prison where hope doesn't exist.
As Samara begins to heal, he also transforms the lives his rescuers. But in so doing, he attracts the attention of a warlord whose gunmen now threaten the very existence of the villagers themselves - and the one, slim chance Samara has of finding his way home.
And all the while, in the darkness above, waits the simmering fury at the heart of Tartarus . . .
Born in Cape Town in 1974, Gavin Chait emigrated to the UK nearly ten years ago. He has degrees in Microbiology & Biochemistry, and Electrical Engineering. He is an economic development strategist and data scientist, and has travelled extensively in Africa, Latin America, Europe and Asia and is now based in Oxford. His first novel, Lament for the Fallen, was critically acclaimed (Eric Brown in the Guardian called it `a compulsively readable, life affirming tale'). Our Memory Like Dust is his second.