The destroyer Shigure is the oldest destroyer in the fleet - or so she seems. Equipped with a powerful, new device, the "Late Rain" is chosen for a special, dangerous project. With a young crew and modifications that makes her vessel not what she seems, Commander Leslie Hawkins presses into unknown space to examine structures detected by a Confederation Fleet survey vessel - and discovers that Mankind is not alone.
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The Confederation of Man has overseen the prosperous expansion of humanity for almost eight centuries, with the Confederation Fleet its shield against all enemies. Despite its numerous successes, the Fleet is a shield that is becoming warped by the schism between its Carrier and Liner factions. In the year 3050, Fleet Admiral Malinverni has overseen the design and commissioning of a vessel intended to merge the best of both factions: the battlecruiser Constitution.
It was excellent. Brilliant science fiction with a mix of political and military shenanigans, great pace and overall an excellent story.