Van C. Albert is a commander in the Republic Space Force of Taran.
His bravery led to the defeat of a larger enemy ship but caused the inadvertent destruction of a civilian liner.
Although his name was cleared, he now seems doomed to a life of backwater postings.
He can only watch as a simmering cold war erupts into a fierce interstellar war, fuelled by the pull of religious fanaticism, economic and political rivalry.
Van is seriously wounded on assignment, and wakes from a coma to find that he has been decorated and summarily retired from military service.
Desperate to escape boredom, he jumps at the chance to fly a starship for the Integrated Information Systems foundation.
Seemingly harmless, the IIS's influence is far reaching and Van soon finds himself at the centre of the action, a key player in a war which will shake all human worlds.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 592 pages
- Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
- Publication Date: 02/12/2004
- Category: Science fiction
- ISBN: 9781841493220