By Michael McCollum
After a century of battle, humanity eventually came upon the Achilles heel of the Ryall, their xenophobic reptilian foe. Spica – Alpha Virginis – is the most important famous person approach in enemy house. it's the hub by which all Ryall starships needs to go, and if humanity can merely seize and carry it, they're going to strangle the Ryall warfare desktop and finish their possibility to humankind forever.
It all appeared so basic within the computing device simulations: enhance via stealth, assault suddenly, strike speedily with overwhelming energy. regrettably, conquering the Ryall proves the straightforward half. With the most important to victory in hand, Richard and Bethany Drake become aware of that they need to additionally overcome human nature in the event that they are to carry down the alien foe …
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Twelve-cubed tail-lengths closer and the weapon would have vaporizedFar Seeker . As it was, fully two-thirds of the crew was either killed outright by the blast, or suffered injuries ranging from broken skeletal elements to radiation poisoning. Most of the latter victims had not survived their injuries. Galatan himself had spent five cycles in a medical facility recovering from burns and loss of gray corpuscles in his blood. The enforced idleness as he lay on his stomach with legs, neck, and tail immobilized had given him time to think between bouts of nausea.
Yes, sir. I have a report coming in from Fleet Command, sir. ” “It says thatMercury Force has secured the foldpoint. One casualty. ” Poledoris clamped his teeth together in a movement that made his jaw muscles bulge. That the news had been inevitable did nothing to soften the impact. # “Planet coming in range. Alls hips, cease acceleration. ” Achille Poledoris felt his body surge into its restraints as drive-gravity evaporated around him. The next moment, his screens were enveloped in a glittering fog that quickly dissipated, save for an occasional sparkle on the screen as sunlight reflected off a random particle.
Poledoris’s people were doing precisely the same thing to the Ryall defenders. Powerful telescopesscrutinized the Ryall moon, searching out the secrets of the naval base there. Intelligence classified the base as relatively weak, but with sufficient powerto launch interdiction raids against supply convoys en route toSpica. ” Whether the planet would also be occupied was one of the decisions for which Poledoris was responsible. Around him were the twelveTerrestrial Space Navy ships of his command.