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"Admiral John "Black Jack" Geary earned his rank after being revived from cryogenic sleep to lead the Alliance to victory against the Syndicate Worlds. But his superiors question his loyalty to the regime. Now in command of the First Fleet, Geary is tasked with exploring the frontier beyond Syndic space, a mission he fears deliberately puts the fleet--and himself--in harm's way. An encounter with the alien enigmas confirms Geary's fears. Attacked without warning, he orders the fleet to jump star systems--only to enter the crosshairs of another hostile alien armada. Ignoring all of the First Fleet's attempts to communicate peaceful intentions, this system's species sends its ships into battle on suicide runs while it guards the exiting jump point with a fortress of incalculable power. Now, with a faction of his officers determined to eliminate this new threat at any cost, Geary must figure out how to breach the enemy's defenses so the fleet can reach the jump point without massive casualties--even though the enigmas could be waiting on the other side.."--Provided by publisher
Publisher: New York : Ace Books, c2012
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781937007454
Branch Call Number: SF Camp
Characteristics: x, 389 p. ; 24 cm


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Jul 22, 2019

Four stars. Very good entry in series. I also commend the many action sequences and the alien characterizations.

Great new alien races, more good space warfare - very readable.
I am especially impressed with the analysis of the aliens behaviour that manages to minimize the tendency to attribute our values and goals to someone from a different culture. Should be required reading at the US State Dept.

csmo Aug 13, 2012

excelllent spacewarfare action & characters


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