The Zochtil by J.A. Dalley
Approx. 54,060 words.
Published on January 1, 2012.
Jump to the Stars! Join the Solar Fleet!
The Solar Fleet faces just two problems: one, the alien blockade that prevents any ship from leaving the solar system, and two, the United Monarchy of Europe, which is tying up most of the Solar Fleet's resources, thus preventing them from attacking the blockade.
Almek Manning is eighteen and wishes to join the Solar Fleet as a midshipman.