The tides of war have shifted, and humanity has the Galactic Union on the run.
After a stunning victory at the Merc Guild shipyard of Golara, the leaders of the Four Horsemen mercenary units of Earth have decided it’s time to take back the colonies the Merc Guild has captured, and the Horsemen split up to liberate them.
While the Merc Guild still has humanity outnumbered, Alexis Cromwell, the leader of the Winged Hussars, has incorporated the ships captured in Golara into her fleet, and she hopes the Humans can achieve local superiority across four systems with her new battleships and her Egleesius cruisers. And, if the attacks go well, the next target might even be...Earth, itself?
But Peepo, the leader of the Merc Guild forces, didn’t get to her position by being stupid, and she continues not only to thwart the Humans, but also in her efforts to find the Hussars’ secret base in New Warsaw. If she can find it, she has a fleet ready to destroy it, and then the Humans will have nowhere left to run.
The forces are on a collision course, with all sights set on Earth. A pale dawn is rising, and there’s only one question that remains - who will be left standing when the clock reaches noon?
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- Earl Bedford
good story and great believable universe. mark wandry and Chris Kennedy are main story writers
I don't mind a down beat or a story of reversal. It's annoying when all the main characters (except Nigel) turn into morons in order to accomplish that goal. Every last one of them demonstrates a criminal level of incompetence in their, supposed, core areas of expertise.
Do we even wonder where all the enemy battleships are?
Do we perhaps consider combined arms a thing, or that combat atavism isn't a good thing?
Do our premier intelligence gatherers have any clue about the massive, wide spread, and total infiltration of nearly every aspect of operations across multiple theaters?
Nope. Either we've just been lied to and our vaunted protagonists are just plain incompetent (seriously...did they forget about the battleships?) or it's just contrived to give a reversal. As portrayed, they don't deserve to win and I wouldn't follow them into a grocery store, much less a fight. Hell, the primary objective they are after, even if they could have captured it, there's apparently no possible way they could ever have held it. The imbalance in forces, logistics and intel are embarrassing for the home team. The most likely outcome at this point is that the things we were told happened in this story...didn't actually happen for reals, and they pretty much retcon one of the bigger events in the epilogue.
I'm wondering why bother, and after listening to an hours worth of cooking show in the next book...I think I'm done.
Note: Why does anyone believe in these visions? The ones that come true are only disclosed after the fact. There's no history of prediction as far as any other horsemen are concerned, and they sure don't seem to help with any of the intel related tasks the Golden Horde was supposedly expert in.