By Jack Campbell

The New York Times bestselling writer of The misplaced Fleet returns to the “strong saga” of a uprising opposed to a totalitarian regime and the choice of 2 humans to create a greater destiny within the farthest reaches of the colonized galaxy…
The Syndicate Worlds proceed to splinter as extra superstar platforms pledge allegiance to President Gwen Iceni, common Artur Drakon, and the recent executive they’re setting up at halfway. however the poisonous legacy of Syndicate rule keeps to undermine their efforts because the rebels come across hassle trusting each other and believing their new leaders’ offers of freedom from tyranny.

Before Iceni and Drakon can placed their apartment so as, they need to care for a good higher danger. An enigma warship has seemed and vanished close to a Syndic colony. If the extraterrestrial beings are  able to leaping into different human-occupied superstar structures, then billions of individuals might be at risk of a adverse invasion fleet anyplace they decide to strike.

But a fair larger vulnerability lies with Iceni and Drakon, as a once-trusted adviser-turned-saboteur plans revenge…

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Iceni requested, convinced that she may possibly simply take care of no matter what query Mercia had. “Why did the Syndicate dedicate those forces to retaking Iwa rather than retaking Moorea or the opposite superstar platforms that Imallye has taken from them? ” “Because—” Iceni begun, then halted conversing because the implications of the query sank domestic. Why hadn’t the Syndicate hit Imallye first, then moved directly to reoccupy Iwa? “I were wondering,” Mercia persevered, “how Imallye accrued such a lot of warships so speedy, and seized 3 superstar structures simply as speedy. i presumed, might be, the Syndicate has centred its energies on retaking halfway. ” Iceni frowned at Mercia. “And but we all know that Moorea, a minimum of, used to be restive in addition and dangerous uprising, inspired by way of our instance. And we have now discovered that Imallye isn't wiping fresh the Syndicate constitution within the famous person structures she has captured, as an alternative substituting her offerings for whichever Syndicate CEOs have been ousted. ” “A fake flag? ” Mercia recommended. “Damn. ” Iceni not felt any experience of pride. “They outthought us back, didn’t they? The pirate queen Imallye is working on the Syndicate’s sufferance, giving a clean face and a fake face to the Syndicate process whereas additionally carrying on with to aid it. “It explains very much. ” She paused, considering back, remembering Imallye’s father, and what she had heard of Imallye herself. “But i locate it difficult to think that Imallye could stooge for the Syndicate like that. there's something lacking in that rationalization. ” Mercia hunched ahead, eyeing Iceni. “How a lot are you aware of her? ” “Imallye? either an excessive amount of and too little. ” Iceni thought of the query sooner than announcing extra. “Her father was once formidable and clever. shrewdpermanent, too. He tended to imagine a step or prior to his rivals and held his personal playing cards as regards to his chest. He didn’t conceal any of that, which earned him a few admiration but additionally loads of enemies. ” Iceni glanced at Mercia. “The challenge used to be, not anyone knew what he may do subsequent. Who would get advantages from figuring out him, and who might change into a step to be trod over on his ladder to the head. i used to be faraway from the one junior CEO apprehensive approximately what he may spring on me. That made it a lot more uncomplicated to think what I heard he used to be doing and stated him for. ” “So the query is, what are the playing cards that Imallye is making plans on taking part in? ” Mercia acknowledged. “And what video game it really is that she’s playing,” Iceni agreed. *   *   * COLONEL Donal Hideki Rogero glared on the snapshot of the planet that was once his aim, wishing that the offending global could in some way spontaneously explode prior to he and his infantrymen have been landed there. He nonetheless didn’t have a good plan for assaulting that alien base. What he did have was once an collection of apparatus which have been jury-rigged to accomplish in a little alternative ways than designed. no matter if that can defeat the assumed enigma potential to inflict full-spectrum blinding on attacking enemies was once anybody’s wager. yet now he needed to fear approximately not only the alien install, but in addition a wide strength of Syndicate flooring troops that have been most likely being dropped onto an identical planet at this very second.

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