The Earth was enveloped in atomic fire and the ship was a prize of war. But disaster may make victory mandatory.
and then ran toward the Agronians. Again Emmett followed the pilot's lead. One of the creatures aimed a weapon before George had crossed half the distance and Gloria's shrill scream of warning brought him up short. But before the weapon could be discharged, the other Agronian viciously flung a tentacle and sent it spinning from his companion's clasp.
George leaped at the nearest Agronian but the creature easily eluded him. He made another attempt and failed again.
The man and the alien cautiously surveyed each other.
"They're too fast for us," George admitted. His voice was filled with the bitterness of defeat and his shoulders sagged visibly.
"Do something!" Gloria screamed. "Do something before the others come back!"
Emmett glanced apprehensively at the air lock. She was right. At the moment they outnumbered the enemy, but when the others returned the Agronians could overpower them by sheer weight of number. And they could return without warning, at any instant.<
One of the more unusual stories I've read, in that the entire Earth is wiped out by invading aliens, and one of the few escaping rockets is mostly destroyed as well. It's not exactly brimming with hope.
The writing is okay, though some of the description is vague.
While attempting to escape, aliens fire upon a civilian transport. The survivors decide to hijack the alien ship.
This is the sort of story where the one person in the whole galaxy who could fly the alien ship just happens to be one of the three survivors. Also, if you've read War of the Worlds you know how this will end.