When starfighter pilot Simon Dodds is enrolled in a top secret military project, he and his wingmates begin to suspect that there is a lot more to the theft of a legendary battleship and an Imperial nation's civil war than either the Confederation Stellar Navy or the government are willing to let on.
n battleship and each other. Minotaur's cannons were silent. He knew it was only a matter of time before it was completely destroyed.
From the bridge of the Imperial carrier, INF Chimera, Fleet Admiral Zackaria watched the last minutes of Minotaur's service to the Imperium unmoved. The destruction of the enormous battleship and the tremendous loss of life brought him no sadness nor regret. He turned to his second in command and spoke to him in a strange tongue. Minotaur was lost; it was useless to them. Let it burn. If they could not have this battleship, then they would just acquire another. One that was not so fragile; one that reflected the majesty of the Imperium; one that would help them to complete the Mission.
Commodore Rissard spoke his understanding of the admiral's request and moved to comply with it. Their short exchange over, Zackaria turned back to the scene of the soon to be concluded battle and continued to watch in silence.
"May... M...day!" Chalmers'
The other reviewers have nailed it, so I'll add little. This is a good read, but there are lots of writing points that need to be addressed by an editor. Could have been a 5-star rating otherwise.
I really enjoyed this book - a very good SF tale of war and espionage among interstellar political factions. However I agree with a previous reviewer about the need for a good editor. Not so much for grammar and spelling, more for plot consistency issues. There are situations that come up that simply do not make sense in light of things that happen earlier in the book.
The author should really get a good editor though. Grammar, spelling, and correct word usage are rather poor.
All in all it was a good read and this reader looks forward to the next installment to find out what happened.
Very well crafted military SF
Simon Dodds is on leave from his duty as a Confederation stellar navy fighter pilot working for his father running an apple orchard. It's not all good. He is on forced leave after a court martial for trying to be a hero and disobeying orders. His reckless actions resulted in the death of 2 civilians.
A dying stellar navy pilot inexplicably winds up on his doorstep with gunshot wounds, and begs not to tell the navy or authorities about him just before he dies.
In the middle of the investigation of the pilot's death, Simon is suddenly recalled because there is a crisis. The political situation is convoluted, but the Confederation is being attacked by the Imperium which itself is embroiled in what appears to be a civil war.
Simon is sworn to secrecy about the dying pilot and rejoins the fighter force in time to train with his old squadron mates in a new, highly classified fighter.....but there is a lot more to the new fighter, the conflict, and what is ultimately in store for him and his squadron.
Comment: Fast paced with interesting characters. A good read, though the story wanders a bit trying to identify with and explore the nature of the major characters.