Andromedan Dark: Book One
Galaxies collide in a thrilling new series from bestselling author Ian Douglas, as the last humans in the universe face off against a new threat
2162. Thirty-eight years after first contact, Lord Commander Grayson St. Clair leads the Tellus Ad Astra on an unprecedented expedition to the Galactic Core, carrying more than a million scientists, diplomats, soldiers, and AIs. Despite his reservations about their alien hosts, St. Clair is deeply committed to his people—especially after they're sucked into a black hole and spat out four billion years in the future.
Civilizations have risen and fallen. The Andromeda Galaxy is drifting into the Milky Way. And Earth is most certainly a distant memory. All that matters now is survival. But as the ship's Marines search for allies amid ancient ruins and strange new planetary structures, St. Clair must wrap his mind around an enemy capable of harnessing a weapon of incomprehensible power: space itself.
In this staid opener of the Andromedan Dark military SF series, Douglas (the Legacy trilogy) sends Lord Commander Grayson St. Clair on an expedition to the home base of the Coadunation, a galactic organization that's vastly more technically advanced than the United Earth Directorate. St. Clair knows his cynical attitude toward the Coadunation pits him against the Directorate and is likely to tank his career, but he never imagined that the directorate would exile him to the center of the galaxy. The expedition's ostensible goal is to aid the Coadunation in a war against the Denial, but when their ship arrives, all hell breaks loose: the base is gone and the ship is suddenly hurtling toward a black hole. Douglas tosses out acronyms and astrophysical concepts willy-nilly, but there's little plot, characterization is an afterthought, and the few space battles fizzle.