Admiral Kurt Vickers is on fleet maneuvers in the Newton System when a heavily damaged Earth light cruiser appears. The captain tells a horrific story. Earth has been invaded, and the defensive fleets in orbit have been annihilated.
For decades, humans have been exploring farther and farther away from Earth and Newton searching for signs of intelligent life. Now that intelligent life has found them and it comes as an invader.
The enemy is ruthless, powerful, and has a disdain for human life. Admiral Vickers has his small fleet taskforce and is hopelessly outnumbered. However, even in darkness there is light and Admiral Vickers will do whatever is necessary to free Earth from the invaders, even if he has to travel to the worst hellhole in the galaxy to do it.
I would say that this is a good story although I also have to say that I liked the other series that Raymond L. Weil have created a tad more. It is an interesting story. It does however delve into the realm of profiteers and an entire society where you can buy everything from pleasure to mercenaries and battleships. Personally I have always found these stories stretching the realm of credibility a bit.
Having said that, it is a good, although perhaps a wee bit simplistic, adventure story. There are some quite decent space battles which is probably why I quite liked the book despite the profiteer setting. This book is less heavy on the actual science compared to, for instance, Star One. It is more of an old fashioned adventure from the age of pirates but set in the future and on a galactic scale.
The writing is quite good and there are plenty of likable characters in this book as well as some not so likable. Actually, if you discount the privateers, which by definition are the bad guys, there is only one truly self-centered, abysmally unlikable, political, asshole who, luckily, are quickly contained. At least in this book. He still hangs around though so I truly hope that, if he is included in any future books, that he expediently gets his behind slapped.
What I do like about this book is the premise of humans being the wrong guys to fuck with. Yes, we were caught off guard and yes we got the crap beaten out of us but the profiteers have indeed put their foot in a hornets nest and I think (hope) the stage is set for some serious ass-kicking and surprises for the privateers. I quite would like to see the humans applying some human ingenuity to the advanced science that the have purchased as well. I so do like these surprise moments…surprises for the bad guys that is.
It has all the making of a good adventure series and, despite some reservations, I for one would like to see a continuation of this book series.