In the jungles of Makaum, the Terran military is locked in a critical standoff over the planet's resources with the hostile Phrenorians, even as both species maintain uneasy relations with the locals. Tensions could ignite at a moment's notice. And Master Sergeant Frank Sage has just stumbled upon the spark plug: Alongside trusted Makaum scouts, Sage is running recon on what is possibly an unsanctioned Phrenorian military base.
Deep in the savage wilderness, Sage recognizes the renowned Phrenorian warrior arriving on-site: Zhoh GhiCemid. As Sage knows firsthand, Zhoh's presence could mean trouble.
Meanwhile, a mysterious faction of Makaum insurgents breaks the fragile peace with a reckless attack on the Terran base. Before the situation devolves into chaos, Sage must learn to think like his adversaries - devious friends and deadly foes alike.
©2015 Mel Odom (P)2016 Tantor
"This military sf series will attract readers who enjoy books by Robert Buettner, Myke Cole, or Steve White." (Library Journal)
The Master Sergeant, Sage, continues on his quest to uncover the dreaded Phrenorians real purpose for establishing a base on Markaum in addition to leading several missions to uncover and destroy illicit drug facilities taking hold on the planet which are harming the planet's indigenous people and blighting their communities. Interestingly, he finds himself making some temporary alliances with the blood-thirsty Phrenorian captain, Zhoh GhiCemid, in order to accomplish some tasks, all the while knowing that this person is not to be trusted and has plans of his own that are not in the planet's inhabitants best interest.
The story is well written and well narrated.
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