Duel in the Dark.
Duel in the Dark
System 7 Publishing
Amazon Digital Services LLC
9780692803417 $16.95 pbk
B01MCZZTPS, $0.99 Kindle 370 pages amazon.com
Duel in the Dark is a well written military space opera. The science fiction is used as the dressing for a solid military tale that could take place in any era in history or the future where you have a battle involving navy and ground forces.
Humans have migrated into the galaxy. The civilization that supported the migration to various colony worlds has collapsed. The various colonies have fragmented into different styles of political entities and have started warring with themselves in a struggle to rebuild the interstellar civilization. If the basic storyline sounds familiar, it is. Gordon Dickson's Dorsai novels are the standard in this genre niche.
The Confederation and the Union are building their forces up for war. The Militaristic Union has tricked the Roman military based Alliance into raiding the flank of the Confederation. The battleship Dauntless is the only Confederation ship near the flank. Dauntless was being refitted and updated at a nearby space port after ten months of monitoring the border between the Confederation and the Union. A successful Alliance raid would mean the end to the Confederation in the upcoming war with the Union. The tired crew of the Dauntless has to stop the best of the Alliance military by themselves.
The military story about the individuals on both the Confederation and Alliance ships with the respective ground forces assaulting the stations at the edge of the Confederation is very well written. For the military reader this alone would make Duel in the Dark a must read. Unfortunately for the science fiction reader the science in the story is lacking but the tale is fast enough and strong enough for this drawback to be forgiven. Duel in the Dark is a recommended military space opera. It should be noted that this is the first book in the series and many readers will be interested in reading the whole series.
S.A. Gorden, Senior Reviewer