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Dedicated to my Mom, for all her love and belief.

Luke 21: 25-26

There will be signs in the sun and moon and stars; on earth nations in agony, bewildered by the turmoil of the ocean and its waves; men fainting away with terror and fear at what menaces the world... ...for the powers of heaven will be shaken.

Chapter One

The Moon. Our bright orb of light in Earth's night sky. You could once see distant sunlight glinting off Lunar Prime’s main dome on the Moon’s surface, when the sky was clear.

Then came the war.

Lunar Prime's dome was destroyed along with much of the city itself. The major cities on Earth were also targets, subjected to extra-atmospheric bombardment as the enemy's mass drivers hurled rocky debris down from near orbit. Bombs, missiles and fighter strikes followed in that destruction’s wake. Clouds of smoke and debris filled the atmosphere and closed off the sky.

The Universal Islamic Nation expended all its might fighting in the name of its righteous cause, attempting to take back their home planet from the commercial forces controlling it, the CEO Council of the Universal Trade Zone. The UIN had declared all of Earth to be Mecca, after Mecca was destroyed and they were exiled to the old Japanese colony on Mars. Their decades of exile made them mean and hungry, and desperate to return to the kindly embrace of the green hills of Earth. They threw themselves into the battle with the fury of those trying to reclaim what they saw as their own.

Surprise gave the attacking UIN fleet an advantage it lacked in technology. Most UIN ships had not been equipped with the Transpace Drives that allowed Universal Trade Zone ships to travel in a flash between Earth and Mars. The UTZ had come to depend on the advantage the Transpace Drive gave them, the commercial and military edge the tech provided in their ongoing war with the UIN.

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