The interstellar war between the Earth allied Unity and the Kyrzal should have been quick and easy. The Unity victorious, the enemy humbled. But the war takes a nasty diversion. Mak, an Earth pod pilot aboard the DreadNought Exeter, finds that not all enemies are obvious. Nor are they easy. Hidden agendas, betrayals, complicate a dangerous situation into a fight just for survival. More
Mak is a pod pilot on the DreadNought Exeter, a star ship in the Earth allied Unity. The DreadNought's mission is simple. Destroy the enemy, the Kyrzal. A ho-hum war that should have been quick and easy. But not all enemies are obvious. Hidden agendas and betrayals, complicate a mission that is not what it seems at first. Mak's expertise as a pilot in the fighting machines known as Pods will be tested as he is thrust unwillingly into a role he feels totally unsuitable for. No longer a fight to defeat the enemy, the fight will be to just survive when all seems lost.
on Oct. 7, 2016 :
An exciting Space Opera with exceptional phantasy and many surprising turns.
I enjoyed reading it very much and purchased the sequel, "The Wound" immediately.
I do not award ratings in SF because five stars are, in my system, reserved for the best authors of all genres and times and to give less lowers the average from authors I consider the best SF I' ve ever read.
(review of free book)
on Feb. 3, 2014 :
I hugely enjoyed 'The Edge' and want more - if the sequel can't be found soon then I'll start a small riot.
The author has that knack of raising the reader's hopes and then dashing them and then raising them again. The text conveys just enough detail to allow the reader to picture the scene themselves and the characters are all likeable enough for the demise of almost any of them to be emotional. The settings range from the claustrophobic right up to full space-opera; from a small boy trapped in a subterranean hell-hole through to fleets of giant spaceships manoeuvring around planets and hyperspace. The main protagonist's character contains elements that we can all empathise with (of being both trapped by and formed by our past) and also has areas where I couldn't decide whether he was a gobsmackingly pragmatic hero or the scariest kind of sociopath (mass killing). How do you develop from a small boy hiding in a wardrobe to a military man making a gun barrel glow hot? The same we that we all do, I suppose.
Great "hard" scifi and a great story. Not many places where you can find that and an emotional, playful 50' industrial robot. Seriously, splendid stuff.
(review of free book)
on Aug. 29, 2013 :
Excellent military SF read with some twists added, well developed characters and a somewhat unexpected ending. Written from the viewpoint of a kid who escaped the lower level (literally) of L.A to become an adult fighter "pod" jockey. I look forward to the release of the sequel titled "The Wound"!