They thought the Sturm were dead. They were wrong.
Centuries after their defeat, the enemy has returned with an overwhelming attack on the fringes of human space. On the brink of annihilation, humankind's only hope is a few brave souls who survived the initial onslaught: Commander Lucinda Hardy, thrust into uncertain command of the Royal Armadalen Navy's only surviving warship; Booker3, a soldier of Earth, sentenced to die for treason, whose time on Death Row is cut short by the invasion; Alessia, a young royal of the Montanblanc Corporation, forced to flee when her home planet is overrun and her entire family executed; Sephina L'trel, the leader of an outlaw band who must call on all of their criminal skills to resist the invasion.
And, finally, retired Admiral Frazer McLennan, the infamous hero of the first war with the Sturm hundreds of years ago, who hopes to rout his old foes once and for all – or die trying.
These five flawed, reluctant heroes must band together to prevail against a relentless enemy and near-impossible odds. For if they fail, the future itself is doomed.
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For sheer scope of imagination: incredible future tech, complex human characters, full on ‘in your face’ action, and seriously bad baddies, you can’t go past The Cruel Stars. Admittedly a Birmingham fan, I was pre-disposed to enjoy this book, and it surpassed my expectations! The more I read, the more I was always hanging out for a break to get back into it. I also love the way John Birmingham drops in little references to other books and movies.
Do yourself a favour and pick up a copy.
The Cruel Stars
This one popped up under the radar as I had thought Bermingham was concentrating on the Zero Day Code apocalyptic end-of-civilization series. What a cracker this is. Grand space opera with a disparate cast of characters who may or may not be able to save the human race from an outcast bunch of interstellar wowsers. Bermingham’s great gift for dialogue comes through with some chortlingly wonderful moments and I can’t wait for the next instalment.