Over fourteen months have passed since Fleet Admiral Kurt Vickers drove the Profiteers from Earth. Eighty million people died while the planet was being ransacked and its wealth stolen. Now a new and deadlier threat comes from intergalactic space. An enemy so alien and so ruthless the entire galaxy is at risk.
The Destroyers of Worlds look upon all intelligent life as a source of food. Their ships are nearly indestructible, and they have come to the galaxy to begin their harvest. Even the Protector Worlds are powerless to stop the growing list of planets that are falling victim to the hungry Vorn.
At Newton, Admiral Kurt Vickers learns of this new enemy as well as a growing threat from the Profiteers. High Profiteer Creed is gathering a powerful fleet in the Gothan Empire. He plans to take everything of value from Earth and then turn the planet into a nuclear wasteland. Admiral Vickers is once more forced to return to Kubitz. A black market world considered to be the worst hellhole in the galaxy. Only on Kubitz can Admiral Vickers find what he needs to save Earth.
Although this book series is perhaps the one from Raymond L. Weil that I like the least it is still good and entertaining book. I have a bit of a problem with this Profiteer concept and the parody of a free market it depicts. The privateers are a bit like the Ferengi (which I never liked) but more violent and nasty.
Still, it is a good book in the usual Raymond L. Weil style of writing. The universe expands quite a bit in this book and we are introduced to the universe beyond the Gothan Empire. Naturally some new nasties are introduced and these make the privateers look like naughty children in a playground.
The privateers still pose a problem though and High Profiteer Creed and his machinations continue to complicate life for Admiral Vickers and the humans. As if a overwhelming powerful invader, that sees any other race as food, and the privateers are not enough humanity also faces internal threats. As usual these comes from dumbass politicians that are utterly incapable of grasping the reality of things and naturally also strive to obtain as much personal gain as possible. In the process they work towards gutting the Earth defense forces in order to spend money on buying votes. Sounds familiar? As always I am not too keen of these kind of complications. Reminds me too much of the real world.
Nevertheless, Admiral Vickers and his friends do manage to hold the fort. There is plenty of action in the book and, in general, it is well paced. The book expands the Star Cross universe quite a lot and the humans are thrown right smack in the middle of it. The action itself is well written and mostly in space which is my favorite kind of sci-fi action.
Overall it is an entertaining book and the next, the third one, is already on my reading list.