Sword of Mars by Glynn Stewart (Starship’s Mage #7)
English | 2019 | Sci – Fi | ePUB | 1.5 Mb
Sword of Mars : A defector with a dangerous lead, A chance to speak for the silent, A perilous quest into enemy stars
When the star system of Legatus was preparing to secede from the Protectorate of the Mage-King of Mars, it was the secret agents of the Legatan Military Intelligence Directorate that laid the groundwork and fought the covert war to make it happen.
Now, as the open conflict draws to a bloody stalemate, LMID has been broken. Their leader is dead, murdered by agents of the Republic they helped birth. Their surviving agents have scattered, following a final protocol that orders them to defect to the Protectorate.
An old friend brings all of this to Damien Montgomery, First Hand of the Mage-King, and begs for his help in unravelling the mystery. The only answers lie where the Hands of Mars should never go: on the worlds of the Republic.
“Every wall of Stand in Righteousness’s bridge was covered in finely-constructed video screens. Silver runes were cut through those screens, linking the amplifier to the simulacrum, but the screens themselves showed the world outside the starship.
Overlaid on top of the camera feeds, however, was a vast quantity of data. Roslyn controlled much of that data from her tactical console, and she highlighted incoming data as she spoke.
There were six of the Republic’s big twenty-megaton cruisers hanging around the pair of forty-megaton battleships. Accompanying them were two ships that would be a bigger problem.
They were the same mass as the battleships, but where the battleships were built from two twenty-megaton hulls attached to each other, these were built from two fifteen-megaton hulls with the other ten million tons coming from the launch and retrieval decks for a hundred and fifty sublight gunships.
The carriers were, thankfully, the smaller version of the Republic’s new gunship transports, but they were still a lot more firepower than Stand could deal with.
“Carriers,” Kulkarni concluded aloud. “How many gunships are we looking at?”