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Black Sword (Decker's War Book 5) Kindle Edition
Traitors take heed: Zack Decker is coming for you and he will show no mercy.
Covert missions are failing, Fleet officers are vanishing, and Naval Intelligence is losing its eyes, ears, and the ability to strike at its foes. After Zack Decker and Hera Talyn, the Special Operations Section's deadliest agents, narrowly escape betrayal for the third time in a row, the Marine suspects something more than bad luck is in play. For years, the Fleet has been fighting a shadowy cold war against factions in the Commonwealth determined to strangle democracy and give birth to an empire. Has that war turned hot without warning? In a quest for answers, Zack Decker volunteers to undertake his riskiest mission yet. With treason rampant at the heart of the Fleet, perhaps even within Naval Intelligence itself, he and Talyn must disappear until they discover the identity of their unseen enemies.
Along the way, Decker will come face to face with humanity's worst impulses and its noblest spirits. And though he can't trust his colleagues and superiors, other than his partner Hera, he knows he can always trust his Pathfinder comrades to stand tall against disloyalty. The Marine Corps' elite will gladly join him in teaching traitors the real meaning of unrestrained covert warfare. After all, spy or not, Zack Decker is still one of the Few.
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The dream of a stable, democratic human Commonwealth has been dying for years.
Politicians, financiers, and spies vie for supremacy, power, and wealth in pursuit of a nightmarish vision that can have only one outcome, the creation of a repressive interstellar empire. All that stands between them and their goal is a small band of determined Fleet operatives working in the shadows. Drawn into the struggle against his will, former Marine Pathfinder Zack Decker soon realizes he must choose sides and join those fighting off the growing darkness, but at great personal cost. However, try as they might, the double-crossing humans, deadly aliens, cruel pirates, and merciless slavers he must battle cannot keep Decker from extracting his revenge, especially after his beloved Corps recalls him to active duty as a Marine. He takes no prisoners and pulls no punches because his growing list of enemies has forced him to accept that this is also Decker's War. And it is a fight to the death.
Unfortunately for his foes, they always seem to forget that he is still one of the Few...
Decker's War is the second series in the Commonwealth and Empire saga.
The Commonwealth and Empire Saga is Eric Thomson’s vision of a future universe when humanity is spreading across the galaxy aboard faster than light starships. At present, it comprises five series.
- Siobhan Dunmoore is set in the second half of the 25th century and charts humanity’s fight against an alien foe, as well as the onset of the Commonwealth’s slow transformation into an empire.
- Decker’s War is the second series, chronologically, and is set in the first half of the 26th century. It continues the tale of the Commonwealth’s downfall, this time through the eyes of Marine Corps officer Zack Decker.
- Ghost Squadron is the follow-on series to Decker’s War
- Constabulary Casefiles occurs in parallel to both Decker’s War and Ghost Squadron but presents events through the investigations of Constabulary internal affairs officer Caelin Morrow.
- Ashes of Empire is the far future bookend to the saga and begins with the downfall of the thousand year empire that supplanted the Commonwealth.
Eric Thomson is the pen name of the Canadian science fiction author who created the Siobhan Dunmoore, Decker's War, Constabulary Casefiles, Ghost Squadron, and Ashes of Empire series which, together, form part of his Commonwealth and Empire universe. He's a former Canadian Army officer and Information Technology executive and lives in Ottawa, Ontario, with his wife of more than thirty-five years.
Sanddiver Books Inc. is a Canadian science fiction publisher whose books feature strong, albeit flawed yet honorable lead characters who devote their lives to safeguarding humanity across the stars from internal and external foes.
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- ASIN : B074Q3J4QK
- Publisher : Sanddiver Books (August 9, 2017)
- Publication date : August 9, 2017
- Language : English
- File size : 3785 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 316 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #260,656 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The plot is basically high in potential but riven with logic faults. Like the James Bond baddies who insist on exacting some terrible revenge on Decker instead of killing him when they get the chance. And they have chances here alright. Like when he is sedated on the prison shuttle and wakes up in the middle of nowhere. Why not kill him to be sure? Because like all James Bond baddies, it doesn't matter how convoluted there efforts are to get to Decker, they must risk it all by holding out for a gruesome death. The reader, not being stupid, knows Decker won't die yet - not least because there are more books in the series - and so there is little tension in the action.
In many ways this book morphs into a Chief Superintendent Morrow style book as the under cover Decker and Talyn go about trapping the corrupt and treacherous officers in the fleet, but with more killings.
I am glad this series is coming to an end soon. Deckers war would be better if the author took it a little more seriously and, perhaps, dialed down Deckers super powers and cat lives.