The Third Frontier War is over, and the Western Alliance is triumphant. All across human-occupied space, colony worlds celebrate the coming of peace.
But peace is an elusive dream, and more trouble is brewing. The war was expensive, and the economies of the Superpowers, always fragile, are on the verge of total collapse.
The Directorate, the shadowy intelligence organization that has become the true power behind the Alliance government, plans to strip the colonies bare to pay the costs of war. Already, they are tightening their control over the freewheeling colonial governments. And the Marine Corps faces total destruction at the hands of the worst traitor in its history.
But the colonists are a different breed than the passive mob on Earth, and they have no intention of meekly surrendering their hard won freedoms. On worlds all across the frontier, plans are hatched and weapons hoarded. And in taverns and meeting halls the words of an ancient text are uttered in hushed tones. A little rebellion, now and then, is a good thing.
As I wrote in my review of the previous book, The Cost of Victory, I was not at all overly thrilled by all the politics, treachery and backstabbing going on in that book. Actually I was rather disappointed by the book as a result of that. This book is better than the previous one but it is still full of these despicable activities. Of course these gripes that I have are purely a matter of personal taste in the subject of the book. None of the books are bad in terms of the actual writing.
The primary reason I liked this book a bit more than the previous one is because we are now, if not exactly seeing the light at the end of the tunnel so at least, seeing some light. The directorate are indeed getting back some of what they have been dishing out and their nefarious plans are indeed thwarted…for now. Unfortunately, I think the book didn’t go far enough on this and a lot of the scum are still left in positions where they can, and surely will, do some hurt in coming books.
Apart from these gripes, the book itself is a very good book. The boring report-like style of telling things that we saw in the first book in the series is really gone. The characters are interesting, the action is very good and the story advances at a nice enough pace. For anyone that likes military Sci-Fi and do not mind a lot of political treachery this is a highly recommendable book. Me personally, I do not like the political parts but I still find the book good enough that I have already started reading the next one in the series when writing this.