Into the Darkness: Crimson Worlds Refugees I by Jay Allan
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Admiral Terrence Compton and his Grand Pact fleet comprised of elements from Earth's Superpowers are trapped deep within First Imperium space alone and with no practical way to return home and even if they did they could not risk leading the forces of the Imperium back to Earth and her colonies.
Into The Darkness tells the story of the lost fleet during the months after they were stranded so many light years away from their home systems faced with the threat of discovery and the shortages of fuel and parts to maintain the fleet as well as the political maneuvering of a command staff built from so many varied powers. It is upto Admiral Compton to keep this little piece of humanity alive and maybe find a solution to the ongoing war be driving ever deeper into the realm of the Imperium and discovering why these machines are so eager to see mankind wiped out.
Into The Darkness is the untold story that I think everyone who has been reading Crimson Worlds was hoping to see and if Mercs leaped a little too far forward for you then enjoy the heroics and sacrifices of the men and women of the fleet as you came to know them from the excellent series of novels encompassed by Crimson Worlds. The novel was certainly a page turner and the use of chapter headings to provide ship and personnel numbers reinforced the brutality of this short space of time in the lives of nearly 50,000 navy and marine personnel and quite pleased we don't have to wait too long for the next novel in the series "Shadow of the Gods" out in August.
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