The Alliance and its colonies have called a truce and signed the Confederation Agreement, providing the frontier worlds with guarantees of self-government. No one expects the deal to last, and both sides are preparing for the next showdown.
But from the depths of space another challenge is coming, one that will endanger the very survival of mankind and force not just the Alliance and its colonies, but all of the Superpowers, to join forces or face annihilation.
The dusty ruins the Alliance discovered on Epsilon Eridani IV were built by an ancient race, eons dead. But their guardians remain, and the disturbance of the long silent caves triggered an automated alert, one which has been heard.
Erik Cain and his Marines grimly take to the field once again, for what may be their final battle, against the robotic legions of the First Imperium. But facing a ruthless and technologically superior enemy may be easier than learning to fight alongside old enemies.
With this installment in the Crimson Worlds series we are back in business again. This book contains a lot less political BS (although there are still some present) and instead brings the “real” story into focus. That is the story of the newly awakened “First Imperium” and their unexpected and devastating attacks on the human colonies.
This book have many of the elements that I like in a good Sci-Fi book. The surprise factor when aliens show up for the first time, action both in space and on the ground. As far as I am concerned, these books are now quite well written and any trace of the issues found in the first one are long gone. The characters are interesting, the story well-presented and the action is very good and as believable as you have the right to expect from a Sci-Fi novel.
I do not think it is much of a spoiler when I say that the humans gets pretty well clobbered in the first encounters with the new bad guys. It doesn’t help that Eric have serious trust issues when it comes to deploying his former enemies from the Caliphate on his side. Stark, sitting in his “Directorate” back on Earth, do not get it as usual and continues his plotting like the total [rude word] he is despite the human race being on the line but, as I wrote earlier, much less of the book is spent on this crap. At the end the book have, not surprisingly, set the stage for some major confrontations in the coming books.
I am indeed looking forward to reading the next one.