By Michael McCollum
After a century of struggle, humanity eventually came across the Achilles heel of the Ryall, their xenophobic reptilian foe. Spica – Alpha Virginis – is the main celebrity procedure in enemy house. it's the hub in which all Ryall starships needs to go, and if humanity can purely seize and carry it, they are going to strangle the Ryall battle computing device and finish their hazard to humankind forever.
It all appeared so basic within the laptop simulations: develop by means of stealth, assault all at once, strike quickly with overwhelming strength. regrettably, conquering the Ryall proves the simple half. With the main to victory in hand, Richard and Bethany Drake realize that they have to additionally triumph over human nature in the event that they are to deliver down the alien foe …
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Frankly, I hope they take all of the time they need. I won’t mind if they wait until the orbital fortresses come up to join us. ” There was a general nodding of heads. The invasion fleet of which they were part was one of the most powerful humanity had ever assembled, but the full six hundred ships on station and the equal number making their way in this directionwould have trouble forcing a foldpoint guarded by orbital fortresses. Some of those big metal planetoids carried weapons to rival those found in a Planetary Defense Center.
The slowly moving air carried with it the familiar taste of river rushes and the pungent odor-smell of pigments that had still not fully dried on the control room bulkhead. His oculars swept across the impressionistic displays that told him the health of his ship, where bright yellows outnumbered the dimmer colors of the high infrared. Galatan watched, listened, and let the molecules of life tingle his combined sense of taste/smell. He observed and knew contentment for the first time in recent memory.
We can attack now and be destroyed, or we can retreat, bide our time, and be of use when Those Who Rule summon our fleet and break the blockade. At the least, we can save our ships for that fight. ” “But we will be able to signal them as soon as they materialize in the gate. We can alert them to the Monsters’ disposition and their strength. ” “Your injuries have clouded your mind. ” Galatan ruthlessly suppressed the anger — and shame — that Malan’s words produced. “Do as you will, my old friend.