In the third entry in bestselling author Mel Odom’s Makaum War series, Master Sergeant Frank Sage struggles to defend against the Phrenorian threat as battle lines will be redrawn—and blood will spill...
One step forward, two steps back sums up Frank Sage’s day-to-day on Makaum. No sooner does he get the drug cartels under control than a major political assassination stirs civil unrest to a fever pitch. Makaumans never wanted to choose sides in the Terran/Phrenorian war, but frustration, fear, and resentment are turning the tide against peacekeeping efforts.
As street skirmishes rage on, the Terrans’ most powerful on-planet ally works with Sage’s superior officer to isolate insurgent cells—and outmaneuver the general who wants to yank troops from Makaum before their job is done. Meanwhile, the assassin who’s targeting powerful figures from all factions is still at large.
Amidst the chaos, Sage must keep his eye on a lethal “prize”—the secret armory and headquarters where the Phrenorians have been stockpiling weapons, munitions, and war machines. The mission to infiltrate will put him on a collision course with Zhoh GhiCemid, his ruthlessly ambitious Phrenorian counterpart. As dangerous as ever, Zhoh isn’t afraid to die—and would like nothing better than to take Sage down with him.
Political intrigue gives way to no-holds-barred military action in the high-octane third installment of Odom's Makaum War series, following 2015's Guerilla. The war between the Terran Alliance and the Phrenorian Empire comes to a head as both races vie for control over the isolated yet strategically useful planet, Makaum, and its resources. Master Sgt. Frank Sage's attempts to keep the peace from within the Terran Alliance prove futile in the face of an assassination, local unrest, and the scheming of his superiors. Meanwhile, Phrenorian Captain Zhoh strives to take command of his race's forces and claim Makaum. While Sage moves to eliminate a Phrenorian weapons stockpile, Zhoh launches an ambitious assault on his enemies, leading to visceral combat sequences both on and above Makaum. Odom crafts an intricate, fast-paced adventure that picks up threads from the previous entries while introducing new conflicts. Juggling a large cast and numerous plot threads, Odom manages to keep the narrative accessible for new readers while delivering substantial payoff for series fans.