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― Spider Robinson

“Imminent Failure”

Author: Chaney, J. N.

Seems like everyone is back together now. Piper is unconscious and being treated by her Grandmother aboard the Spire. The Gladio Umbra are now trying to figure out where Moldark will take his fleet now. From all indications he’s going to head to Capriana, capital of the Republic!

While Moldark’s fleet is badly damaged, he doesn’t seem to care. Also, with Pipers help in the last book, most of the remaining First and Second Republic Fleets have now joined with Moldark’s Third Fleet. It is a fact that he plans on heading to Capriana. He’s after the Group of Nine whom he feels betrayed him. Those nine individuals will die along with the entire planet! Yes, Moldark plans to bombard Capriana from orbit. He intends to kill every one on the planet.

Of course Lt. Adonis Magnus can’t let that happen. With Awen by his side along with the other Gladio Unbra, they sped to Capriana head of Moldark and his Paragon troops. They do arrive about 24 hours prior to Moldark’s fleet arrival and they have that much time to warn Central Command to put up the Planetary Defense Shield (PDS). Only Magnus isn’t sure he’s going to be accepted very well on a planet that has branded him as a traitor! Still, he must do this no matter the cost since there are millions of lives at stake.

This book tells the story of how Magnus was received by Capriana and how deeply the conspiracy has integrated into the Republic Higher Headquarters. Even the Chairman is in league with Moldark, although he doesn’t know that Moldark doesn’t honor any agreements nor does he need any other humans. He’s out to kill every human in the universe so he can reign supreme!

There’s a lot of fighting and a few of the Gladio Umbra do get killed. That’s not surprising, but their numbers are dwindling fast. It’s possible, very possible that they won’t have enough manpower or time to get someone to raise the PDS. It’s also unfortunate that the ability to raise the PDS lies with one a very few individuals some of which are aligned with Moldark!

The story isn’t over so there are more battles to be fought. I hope they’re all as exciting as this one.

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Imminent Failure
Book Author: Chaney, J. N.
Series Title: Ruins of the Galaxy
Series Number: 6
Review Date: 04/18/2020