For a thousand years the Helions have predicted the return of the Biomechs and their hordes, and for a thousand years they have done little to prepare. The Prophecy of Fire has spread like a disease through every world, infusing fear to civilian and soldier alike. The Khreenk and Byotai are no strangers to this, but will they choose to ally in the coming fight, or will they turn back to old rivalries and fears? The attack on Eos proved the Biomechs had returned, but it is their relentless advance into the heart of the Helios system that marks the first stage of the war. Comet C34 houses innumerable surprises, not least being the mighty invasion Arks hidden deep inside its core. Every planet in the system from the capital world of Helios Prime through to the ancient ruined world of Spascia is now under threat of occupation, and the Helions will be unable to hold them back alone.
Battlegroups from across the Alliance rush to Helios, along with entire divisions of regular and territorial Marines and their war machines. Trenches are dug, weapon emplacements constructed, and artillery sited at every key point that might be struck. Meanwhile, out in the vacuum of space wait hundreds of ships, each part of a complex web designed to defend the four worlds under threat. Even the full strength of the Jötnar and their exotic weapons are called upon and shipped out from their enclaves on Hyperion, Prometheus, and Hades.
Back amongst the old worlds of humanity are Spartan and Teresa Morato, the unlikely leaders of a motley band of marines and aliens as they cleanse Sol of every taint of the enemy. They are not there simply to fight; they are building up a military force unlike any seen before in the Alliance. An army so far from the ideals of the Alliance that its very presence could threaten the very thing they aim to defend.
If lots of action and fighting, both in space and on the ground, is not for you then this book is not for you. The vast majority of this book is devoted to combat in space and on the ground. As usual with the books in this series the action is well written and enjoyable reading.
With all the fighting going on there is little in terms of character advancement or even story advancement beyond said battle. Whether that is a bad thing or not is up to the readers. Personally I am not too bothered by it. Having said that I am somewhat disappointed that the part of the story arc with Spartan and the ancient biomech that they are now allied with did not really advance that much. Or at least not as much as I hoped
Also, the title of the book is “Battle for Helios” but it is really only depicting the beginning or first half of said battle. Even with all the combat taking place the book really ends in a rather annoying cliffhanger before the real battle have more or less begun. It is a bit like writing a title like “The Battle of Europe” and then stopping after the invasion of Normandy.
Regardless of this the book was a worthwhile and enjoyable reading. Like the other books in the series it does not make me go all wow but it is a good book.