Alpha Red by Dan Sparkman
Approx. 75,330 words.
Published on April 2, 2010.
After the Anaconda 09684 is destroyed during its approach to the Venus 1 space station, it becomes apparent the ship was a duplicate of the original.
To uncover the truth, Commodore Darryl Holmgren must turn to the one man who knows Alpha Red well enough to succeed: a retired pirate living on Earth.