When an exploration fleet in the rift between sections of the spiral arm are attacked by an unknown race, the dead Emperor’s clone-son, now on the throne, recognizes that the Empire is standing at the edge of an abyss and must find a way to not only win this new war against the alien aggressors but also overcome the inertia of the arrogant Space Force officers who are more ready to overthrow their Emperor than fight the war. Fans of military SF action will find it in this book.
All Joe Prevost and his crew of mercenaries had to do was to perform a simple job. Instead, they get redirected to the Vega system only to find themselves in a fight for their lives. Against an enemy, that was a creation of man's design.
From within the void, there is a darkness rising, a darkness that may cause the end of both the Federation and the Alliance.
Stoner let out a sigh of relief when 007 cleared the atmosphere. The onboard radar still wasn’t showing any bogies, but the more powerful orbiting radars’ data was being relayed to all defense boats. A warble tone in his helmet’s speakers notified him that the Squadron’s lead boat had transmitted the tactical orders. Stoner read the orders on his console’s small screen and whistled in surprise.
“What is it?” asked Mbutu.
“Firing orders. We fire all our birds at the same time at the same target.”
Mbutu nodded. “Makes sense if we want to overwhelm their defensive lasers.”
Stoner said nothing. It did make sense, but he had a bad feeling about it for some reason.
But Humans have now been contacted by a third alien race that says they want to help and tells the Humans that the xenophobic aliens aren't the REAL enemy. The real enemy is a life form that has a nightmarish biology and is a threat to the entire galaxy. What can 11,000 humans do that two other alien races can't do? How will two very special A.I.s ultimately decide the fate of their creators and who will pay the ultimate price for their loyalty?