This is the story of Maarkean. during the course of a smuggling job his ship is almost stolen and the Alliance is alerted. His sister and two of the perpetrators are arrested and sent to prison. Determined to break his sister out of prison, he enlists the help of the leader of the gang that tried to steal his ship and some other nefarious types. They succeed in breaking everyone out of the prison and relocating them to other worlds. Now wanted by the Alliance and the person who gave him the smuggling job, he has no option to go underground. During a meeting of Congress it is decided that he should now lead a war against the Alliance. Can he put his principles aside and rise to the occasion?
This is only the second truly sci-fi book I have read and I
thoroughly enjoyed it. The characters were well rounded and the
different races well described. It was so good in fact I almost felt
like I was watching an episode of Star Trek. The pace was good and there
was plenty of action, particularly at the end which was especially
climactic. I do have one criticism though and that is that when the
author switched from different points of view, there was no paragraph
break. It made things confusing at times and I had to go back a couple
of times just to keep track of which character was which. This was only
minor though and I would still encourage sci-fi lovers to give it a go.