The universe has fallen into bloody chaos now that the dread empire of the tyrannical Shaa is no more - at the mercy of the merciless insectoid Naxid, who now hunger for domination. But the far-flung human descendants of Terra have finally tasted liberty, and their warrior heroes will not submit. Separated by light-years, Lord Gareth Martinez and the mysterious guerrilla fighter Caroline Sula each pursue a different road to victory in tomorrow's ultimate battle - for the new order will be far more terrible than the old... unless one last, desperate stratagem can hold a shattered galaxy together.
©2005 Walter Jon Williams (P)2014 Audible Inc.
Solid, well-plotted military space opera with moments of vividly imagined scenes that raise it above the crowd. As military sci-fi, it excels in convincingly imagined space combat, built on plausible physics, as well as some visceral, cinematic scenes of ground combat. The main protagonists are strongly characterised but the book would be strengthened by a more fully drawn supporting cast, especially the non-human characters.
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