The sequel to The Empire's Corps.
Six months ago, Colonel Edward Stalker and his Marines were abandoned on Avalon, left to fend for themselves as the Empire withdrew from the Rim. Since then, Avalon has been isolated from the settled universe... until now.
As a mysterious pirate organisation attempts to take over Avalon, the Marines find themselves struggling against a shadowy figure with dreams of power, while a young civilian is kidnapped and press-ganged into a pirate crew. They're fighting to preserve something of the Empire's order in the wake of its departure, but the pirates appear to have far greater resources and a plan that seems unstoppable.
The Empire is gone. What will take its place?
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75% of this book is poor-to-fair (approx. 3 rating); but the last hour, and some of the other ½ day sours to a 5 rating. Too much (way...way..too much!) of the story deals with sex slavery.It's getting a little annoying in fact. How is it that people don't have good food to eat, no health care, and no hope; but every toothless stupid pirate's got their very own sex slave on a leash; or a lobotomized female vaginal delivery system! I don't know if the author feels he needs such sins to justify blowing someone's head off, but I'm beginning to wish he was a little bit less genteel, and would just say, "They were against us.....so we killed them."
- Jean "I am an avid eclectic reader."