"Excellent SF military thriller"
In the distant future, mankind has developed the hyperdrive
that allowed humanity to spread out and colonize planets
around the galaxy. The colonization has gone on for
centuries before Terrans encountered another species and
when they did they learned about the Alliance of Light.
The Alliance consists of several different species from
many different worlds who banded together to form a trading
Earth joined the league as soon as membership was offered,
but eventually the Alliance turned to military matters in
order to deal with their enemy the Ilion Federation. Soon
the Ilion invaded the outer worlds of the Divotect
Confederation and began a purge of the native population
that amounted to genocide. Although the Alliance had to
withdraw from Dintsen when it was first attacked, a special
ops interspecies regiment returns to the beleaguered
planet, intent on reclaiming it and throwing the Ilions out
of that section of space.
Sargeant Bart 'Dragon' Drak speaking in the first person
gives the reader an up close and personal view of
interstellar war. Rick Shelley is terrific at creating
alien species that seem real, all with their own look,
quirks and beliefs. SPECIAL OPS SQUAD is military science
fiction at it's very best.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted July 5, 2001