Jared and Kelsey won the battle for Harrison's World, but the enemy holds thousands of Fleet personnel prisoner. They must get their people back without revealing who they really are, or the sentient AIs will eradicate the new Terran Empire. Coordinator Olivia West sees an opportunity to free her people from Harrison's World now that the AI that had crushed them under its heel was no more. To do that, she must outwit the Fleet officers holding the keys to her planet's destruction.
"Fantastic Space Saga"
Between a rock and a hard place! After winning a hard-fought victory, Commander Jared Mertz and Princess Kelsey discover another insidious foe blocking their way home. A remnant of the Old Empire still exists and seems allied with the savage, AI-dominated Pale Ones. With the existence of the Terran Empire at stake, another enemy, this one from Jared's past, threatens everything they've worked so hard to achieve. Jared and Kelsey must fight for survival while the fate of humanity hangs in the balance.
"Good installment in the series"
As Kelsey struggles to master the combat enhancements the Pale Ones forcibly implanted inside her and Jared works feverishly to resurrect an ancient battlecruiser, they discover the Pale Ones aren't as defeated as they seemed.
"A Truly Great SF Series"
Commander Jared Mertz, the bastard son of the Emperor, and his half-sister, Princess Kelsey, barely speak to one another. To their dismay, their father seizes an opportunity to change that and sends them on a dangerous quest to explore the fallen Empire. Separated from home by an impassable gulf and struggling to redefine their relationship, they find themselves thrust into a vicious war. Unless they work together to stop the Empire's deadly legacy, billions face a horrific fate.
"Great Military/Space Sci-Fi"