I believe this is a continuation of the “When Galaxies Collide” series, but the author doesn’t seem to title his books that way. On the cover, there’s no mention of the series name, but the story is a continuation from the first two books, “The Last Marine in the Galaxy” and “The Red Leopards of Zaxon B”.
The previous books dealt with the 100 year war going on between the Trevakians and the Morgans. The Trevakians are human-like aliens that have a huge galactic empire which has been devastated by the war with the Morgans. The Morgans are a lizard-like race of aliens who relish in the act of war. They have no concept of mercy and do not take prisoners. The Morgans also consume their victims once they initially find them palatable. The Morgans have far superior weapons, armor, and fighters than do the Trevakians. A Trevakians contingent, led by Admiral Karladen came to Earth to seek help in their 100-year war. They had no idea that Earth was basically a defenseless planet with warfighting between Earth nations only taking place on irregular basis. At the time the Trevakian Admiral landed on Earth, there were no large scale wars going on and most of the planet was pretty peaceful.
Then the Morgans showed up having followed Admiral Karladen’s small fleet. They also brought two massive warships which quickly defeated the smaller Trevakian space vessels orbiting Earth. Now, the Morgans are free to land assault troops any where on Earth. And, unknown to humans, the Morgans have known about this planet for centuries. They were even hiding on the planet in the most unsuspecting places just waiting for the order to awake and begin a devastating attack against the human population. That signal has just arrived!
This books is pretty brutal, in that, the Morgans are ruthless killers. They kill with both projectile and energy weapons and have no hesitation in using poison gas which eats anything it touches. But, the Morgan soldiers prefer to use long, razor-sharp swords when attacking humans. They enjoy hacking off limbs while the victim is still alive. The book could have been a lot more gruesome, but it gets the point across without doing so. Humans are not prepared for the type of surprise attack the Morgans spring. It’s total surprise against unarmed and defenseless humans without end.
If this book is still part of a series, which I believe it is, then it’s a very good thing the author has more to tell. This book would not be a very good ending to anything. It is one disaster after another for the humans all over the Earth. Not one nation seems to escape the Morgan’s attack although some attacks are less in strength than others. Additionally, Earth has no weapons to stop the Morgans. Our bullets seem to just bounce off the Morgans protective armor with only an occasional wounding when a bullet hits a joint or neck area. Even our large weapons have no impact since most large Morgan vehicles have 360 degree shields. It’s not easy reading a book that gives absolutely no hope for your side. Humans are constantly being slaughtered with ease even when engaged with our best military strength. I was hoping that I would read some where that the Morgans had a weakness that humans could exploit, but that never happened.
The book ends rather suddenly. Without some kind of external help, Earth will shortly become a conquered planet. And there is no indication of any kind from the author that this will not be the end results of this series. That’s not a very pleasant idea. It makes a good story, and we all like to win, there’s no winning anything in this book.