By Piers Anthony

Unique e-book: 1984

SCOURGE OF THE ECLIPTIC
 
He was once pushed via violent injustice from his domestic moon of Callisto—and set forth to assert the epic future that will blaze throughout worlds and time. He observed his relatives destroyed, his sister carried off into sexual slavery, his appealing lover killed—and he swore revenge opposed to the murderous pirates who held the Jupiter planetoids in a stranglehold of terror.

Fired by way of uncooked braveness, steeled through younger may perhaps, he rose within the military of Jupiter to command a private squadron unswerving to the demise. And it was once dying they faced—against piratical warlords of the Jupiter Elliptic who laughed on the younger commander’s problem . . . until eventually they met the cruel fury of the warrior who might annihilate all stumbling blocks in his route to immortal renown because the tyrant of Jupiter.

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