Baen. Oct. 2021. 288p. ISBN 9781982125660. pap. $16. SF
Bara’s (“The Lightship Chronicles”) classic sci-fi adventure is an enticing play of intergalactic politics and colonialism, planetary economics, explosive space battles, high intensity maneuvers, and concise military tactics. It features Captain Jared Clement, a war hero from the losing side. He lost everything after a devastating betrayal, and years later he’s lying low, drinking, and barely eking out a living. He lives in a complex universe in which human colonists are spread across various planets; now facing food shortages, they plan to take over another star system. Clement is recruited to make first contact with the alien life suspected to live in the new galaxy; lured by the cutting-edge technology of his would-be new ship, he accepts the mission, even though it means working for his enemy. He’s reunited with old friends, including his tough commander Tanitha Yan—none of whom are prepared for where the imperial mission will take them.
VERDICT Fans of Jack Campbell’s “Lost Fleet” series will enjoy Bara’s latest.
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