Triumphing over the Ghost Quadrant’s ancient horrors, the Kronarin battlecruiser Implacable jumps home to root out a conspiracy hidden within the heart of Kronar. Implacable’s Commodore Detrelna and his crew are arrested and Implacable impounded, as a foe far deadlier than mindslavers or biofabs sweeps down on a war-weary galactic humanity, its day of vengeance come round at last. (2011 rewrite of the original Tor Books edition.)
“Space opera in the Grand Ol’ Tradition.” Other Realms
“Kickbutt military science fiction!” Amazon reader review
About the Author
Stephen Ames Berry’s novels have been published by Ace/Berkley and Tor/Macmillan. His latest novel is the technothriller The Eldridge Conspiracy.
From the novel:
“Well, this sucks,” said John. “Trapped with an angry 8th century war band on a lost alien ship in a hostile universe. And nothing to eat.”
"Advise General Soan that Prime Base has fallen, our cruisers have been blasted out of space and that FleetOps is besieged.”
"All we wanted from his crazy kingdom in the stars was to be left in peace—even that was too much. So we fought."
"I suppose it’s rather small of us, but we’ve never forgiven them the Dresden Raid. Try to see beyond your hatred, Dr. MacKenzie—the world needs you as much as it needs us. We need each other.”
FINAL ASSAULT is the last of four novels that begin with a covert alien attempt to control Earth and end with the battered forces of galactic humanity battling hopeless odds as an AI armada sweeps in. (AIs--Artificial Intelligences--cyborgs evolved over vast time from simple machines to complex beings driven by the simple need to kill us all.)
The books follow the crew of the Kronarin Fleet battleship Implacable and their Terran allies, from the discovery of biofabs on Earth through ever-growing confrontations and nefarious alien machinations to the final battle. The plot line’s akin to a nesting doll, each crisis revealing an even deadlier one. The blaster fire never stops--save for the occasional soothing cup of t'ata from Implacable's dodgy beveragers. (Implacable's a resurrected Imperial warship that sometimes chaffs at having been roused and pressed into the service of such rude hands.)
To be bested along the way are space pirates, mindslavers, various machine intelligences, a vile alternate Earth, the undying hand of the dead Kronarin Empire, a ubiquitous insectoid-blonde and, of course, biofabs. All stirred into a rich bouillabaisse of an adventure that takes the reader on a far flung quest into the fantastic, but where in the end the old verities of valor and friendship trump all.
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