With the frontier worlds going down before the Zunshu and the DeepSky Fleet headed out with orders to extinguish the Colonial Wars, the board is set, the pieces are positioned. Neil Travers and Curtis Marin are in Freespace, hunting for old enemies. The rogue industrialist behind the near destruction of Omaru is hiding on Halfway in the fortified heights of a lawless space city where anything goes, from the dark, violent underbelly to a dazzling place called Xanadu.
The data trail leading to Zwerner takes Richard Vaurien’s crew through the muck trodden by slave dealers. They’re after the survivors of the super-carrier Shanghai who made it through the Battle of Ulrand only to be snatched by unscrupulous traders, sold in hellish colonies on the wrong side of the frontier. Harrison Shapiro wants them back, and the trail sends the Wastrel to an open-pit mine of a world. The slaves are just part of the treasure that might be seized – and perhaps another clue to the... More > secrets of the Zunshu will be uncovered.< Less
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By Claudia Hendricks
Nov 28, 2011
A Grand Adventure! Highly Recommended! The frontier worlds are in danger. The Confederacy demands submission, outlying planets are imploding, and the Resalqs’ most deadly enemy – the Zunshu – has returned. Now Colonists and Freespacers must unite to combat these threats if their worlds are to survive! Mel Keegan’s Hellgate universe is richly drawn and carefully crafted. His characters are well-developed, complex, and evolve with each new challenge. Hellgate #5 Flashpoint is a Grand Adventure in the Keegan tradition … and compelling in its unique design. I recommend this novel highly! I couldn’t put it down.
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