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Either man could be called a hero, and in fact they both receive a commendation, the Order of the Centurion, normally awarded posthumously. Yet, they slowly realize that they no longer really know each other. Chhun has stayed on the well-trodden path, rising through the ranks of the Legion, doing his best to do his duty. Ford, as the deep-cover agent Aeson Keel, has spent so long playing the rogue that he has simply become one. Each one of them is a good man, yet they make each other extremely uncomfortable.
For the most part, they do both want the same things. Ford, as Keel, has developed quite a mercenary streak, but is still more loyal than the part he plays. Time and circumstances have created attachments to different things, which serve to pull the former comrades apart, but I'm guessing they will find they need each other again at some point.
Because the galaxy is falling apart. What looked like the Galactic Republic versus Goth Sullus' Empire is devolving into factions within each bloc jockeying for position, with a still unknown outside force manipulating events from a hidden redoubt. Two sides will rapidly become three or four simultaneously contesting for control of the galaxy.
And some fool gave the donkeys jetpacks. That's at least as bad of an idea as giving missiles AI.
Victory Company must again step outside the law, to save their comrade and commander.
Meanwhile, more players are arising. In despiration, the Republic bearucrats have activated their secret weapon: a fully-automated fleet, operated by an experimental AI based on anicent alien technology. Unbeknownst to its creators, an AI that has gone insane and view all biological life as viable targets.
And to make matters worse, the fantatical Zhee see the opportunity to extend their claim on the fraying galaxy.
Prisoners of Darkness functions as a fine bridge or transition novel. While the main thrust of the plot is the raid on this hellish prison, the authors take the opportuntiy to lay the groundwork of several new subplots and advance others.
Finally, the book is worth reading for the chapter dealing with the Zhee alone. The authors do an amazing job fleshing out this ancient and virtuous culture, eager to share that culture with the wider galaxy, and I'm certain readers will enjoy seeing the leaders of the Republic partake in their ways.
For those who have, there is not a lot to mention. The story is all about a daring and secret raid on a prison planet by a commando to rescue their commanding officer which has been condemned to the mines for life in what was a simulacra of a trial for destroying a high value target that the enemy had just overrun.
One interesting feature is the alien Gomarii, whose blue heads are in the form of a squid and who are cruel slavers. A second is a particularly terrifying creature that lurks down in the mine. A third is an evil artificial intelligence that heads a hidden fleet in a faraway system, seems to have gone rogue and plans its own subversions and take-over of the Republic, in addition to that of a certain Goth Sullus (the Series version of Darth Vador perhaps?). Four stars for those who have already read the previous books.