Military logic is seduced by mystical prophecy in Frank's haphazard series opener. Cmdr. Bronse Chapel leads the best special forces team of the Interplanetary Militia. His loyalty is to his team and his job, which is why his marriage was a failure, but he's intrigued by Ravenna, a woman who appears in his dreams and brings prophetic visions of their meeting as well as dangers to his team. When a devious admiral sends Bronse's team on a suicide mission, Bronse finally meets his dream woman. The omniscient narration follows minor characters, but leaves out large portions of Ravenna's plight, and a rushed final subplot could have been left for the sequel. Frank's world is intriguing, however, and the expectation that many of the characters will develop relationships in future installments makes the backstory info dumping more forgivable. (Apr.)
Reviewed on: 02/07/2011 Release date: 03/01/2011 Genre: Fiction
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