Antares Victory by Michael McCollum

By Michael McCollum

After a century of battle, humanity eventually found the Achilles heel of the Ryall, their xenophobic reptilian foe. Spica – Alpha Virginis – is the major famous person method in enemy house. it's the hub by which all Ryall starships needs to move, and if humanity can simply seize and carry it, they are going to strangle the Ryall warfare laptop and finish their chance to humankind forever.
It all appeared so basic within the desktop simulations: boost through stealth, assault unexpectedly, strike rapidly with overwhelming strength. regrettably, conquering the Ryall proves the simple half. With the foremost to victory in hand, Richard and Bethany Drake detect that they have to additionally overcome human nature in the event that they are to convey down the alien foe …

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That energy had to be dumped somewhere as waste heat. For the same reason, most human Planetary Defense Centers were also located near a coastline. “Have them reply with missiles. ” “Khanacknowledges and has the first missile away. ” Poledoris heard the acknowledgement, but did not reply. Already, his mind had moved on to other problems. He would like to have stayed clear of Dogpatch’s PDCs altogether, but orbital mechanics made that impossible. The fleet had materialized in the foldpoint from Eulysta, which was currently on the opposite side of Carratyl.

Phillip Walkirk, heir-apparent to the Sandarian throne, lay in his acceleration couch and pondered his own problems. His people’s long history with the Ryall had earned the Sandarians a place of honor in the line of battle. TheSandarian B lastshipRoyal Avenger would lead their task force through the Carratyl-Spica foldpoint in the first wave, and would strike out to capture the Spica-Darthan foldpoint, the gateway to the capital world of the Ryall Hegemony. It fell to Phillip, as tactical officer, to ensure that whatever ships and weapons came boiling out of that foldpoint while they were in the Spica System, did not break free.

Lasers flashed out invisibly in the vacuum, seeking out incoming missiles. Lasers are instantaneous weapons. If they can see a target, they can destroy it. Unfortunately, their effective range against armored missiles is damnably short. “Ready third volley,” she ordered when the missiles of both sides disappeared before they could reach their targets. The distance between the two ships was now down to 45 seconds travel time. “Liz! ” “Belay that last order! Target the new arrival with the third volley.

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