A washed-up captain. A worn-out ship. A crew of green cadets. And they're Earth's only hope.
The Alexander is the last true warship, a relic from the days of interstellar war. She's destined for the scrapyard, and her captain, Richard Hammett, is about to retire. Their last mission is a training run with a ship full of cadets.
It's supposed to be a routine hop through a wormhole gate. But gates have been going offline, one after another, and Hammett knows in his bones it means trouble. The kind of trouble only a real warship can handle.
Defying orders, he takes the Alexander through another gate, and puts the ship smack dab in the path of an alien invasion. Now a captain at the end of his career will have to take dozens of terrified cadets and forge them into a crew of warriors, because the Alexander is all that stands between the Earth and the swarming ships of the Hive.
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Not Unique, But Quirky Characters Rise It Above
Its a unique character story fit into an overused but yet exhilarating model of a hero captain that is being unused forced to take control of humanity's last chance against an alien threat, while the government and naval admirality is reducing all ability to fight during a peace time apathy. The viewpoint of crewmen from multiple viewpoints rises it from the average to unique making it a very enjoyable read and start to a new series.