I enjoyed the Kris Longknife series so thought I would give this series by Shepherd a try. I discovered that the story was first published in 1999 un..Show More »der the name of Mike Moscoe. The book apparently is the prequel to the Kris Longknife series.
In this story we learn about Major Ray Longknife and his wife Senior Pilot Rita Nuu. They are both career military. Ray is wounded in battle and loses his legs. He is awarded the highest award for valor. Rita returns after being declared dead. Ray’s military career is over so with the help of Rita’s father, a wealthy industrialist’ he goes into politics. We also follow the story of Lt. Mary Rodrigo and Major Terence “Trouble” Tordon. Also featured is merchant Captain, now Navy Captain, Mattim Abeeb and his crew. Abeeb and crew make a “jump gate” at full speed while in a battle and end up across the universe and have to find their way home.
I am not sure what they are fighting about and who is the good guy and the bad guy. I have figured out the “Society of Humanity,” which is the earth side of the conflict, is fighting the “Unity Party” of the rim worlds. Ray Longknife was fighting on the Unity party side, I think.
The book is well written and fast paced. It appears the Shepherd is building his characters and not explaining much about what is going on. I am looking forward to the next book and hopefully will learn more about the war. This is a fun military Sci-Fi story. Michael M. McConnohie does a good job narrating the book.