By Michael McCollum
After a century of conflict, humanity ultimately found the Achilles heel of the Ryall, their xenophobic reptilian foe. Spica – Alpha Virginis – is the major big name process in enemy area. it's the hub during which all Ryall starships needs to move, and if humanity can purely trap and carry it, they're going to strangle the Ryall conflict computing device and finish their risk to humankind forever.
It all appeared so uncomplicated within the computing device simulations: improve through stealth, assault all of sudden, strike quickly with overwhelming energy. regrettably, conquering the Ryall proves the simple half. With the most important to victory in hand, Richard and Bethany Drake realize that they need to additionally overcome human nature in the event that they are to convey down the alien foe …
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That takes time. Even if they have the ships on hand, the Darthan-Spica foldpoint is a couple of billion kilometers above their star. It is not easy to get to. ” Phillip paused and noticed several faces turned in his direction from the surrounding computer stations. Good. Nothing calmed an enlisted man or woman’s fears faster than listening to someone recount a list of the enemy’s problems. “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.
They should be getting there any sec…” On the screen, the newly arrived Ryall ship in the foldpoint exploded. Having jumped blind into a battle, they had not known what hit them. Elizabeth turned her attention back to the problem at hand. The space between them and the bogey filled with ordnance andDiablo ’s defensive computer fired lasers as quickly as they recharged. The target was jinking and firing lasers. The good news was that they were slower at it thanDiablo . The bad news was that they had more lasers with which to work.
Mission accomplished. Dogpatch defenses neutralized, Lunar Base destroyed. One ship moderately damaged. ” “Very well. ” Drake settled into the soft cushions that had long since ceased to be comfortable and contemplated the news. One more worry eliminated. Intelligence had rated the Carratyl naval base as a minor one, with a limited defensive capability and virtually no offensive striking power. Of course, Intelligence had been wrong on occasion. Not that Drake had been worried that they would stumble across the Ryall equivalent of the Rock of Gibraltar in this backward agricultural system.
Antares Victory by Michael McCollum