Aliens have destroyed the Earth. They left behind eighteen million survivors who will never forget what has been done to their world. They turn to Mason Randle, who will do everything in his power to see that the Human race survives.
Earth can no longer support life. The Moon, Mars, and the asteroids now provide safe havens for the stunned survivors. They find a protector in Major Wade Nelson. A dedicated marine who is willing to take the fight to the enemy.
Marken is a Kivean. He is part of an alien race that helped Major Nelson and the other kidnapped military personnel escape from the Kleese. Because of his actions, his home world is now in danger.
How can eighteen million survivors bring down an Empire that controls thousands of worlds and is totally merciless?
I have to say that I really liked this book. It is definitely my type of book. Big bad guys comes and wrecks havoc with the human civilization thinking we are little more than cattle that can be disposed of how and when they feel like it. Big bad guys are about to learn that they might be bigger but the humans sure as hell are “badder”. There are plenty of action in this book and it is a nice mix between marine ground action and fleet action in space. I truly enjoyed this.
The book is as well written as most of the other books that I have read from this author (which is most of the books that he has written). This means that the science is plausible in a science fiction kind of way, the characters are nice and the story is a good one. The story might be a bit light compared to some books but I rather have a light adventure story with a good mix of action, character development and bits and pieces that rounds off the scenario than a deep story that spends way too much time on character interaction and political nonsense.
Speaking of political nonsense. I really like how they are dealing with the surviving career politicians. I whish we could do that right now. Especially when it comes to the useless money wasters in the European Union.
I also quite like how the humans constantly manages to repeatedly either outgun or outsmart the overconfident Kleese. Sometimes they do both at the same time. I really do not like stories where the humans are the constant underdogs that are simply overrun all the time and just hangs on by some chain of bizarre events or by the mercy of some aliens.
If I would complain about something it would be this business with the Strell empire. Obviously I am not going into any details since that would be a huge spoiler but I am not entirely comfortable with that bit. Apart from not feeling entirely right morally it also feels like a very dangerous course of action that I am pretty sure would backfire in a real situation.
Well, I am eagerly looking forward to the next instalment in this book series. From the ending of this book it looks like there will be some “interesting” times ahead for the human survivors and their allies.