Ace, Oct 2004, 24.95, 416 pp.
The Confederacy of Sentient Beings has a new home on Algernon, the only planet that welcomed them after the insectoid Ramanthians destroyed the battleship that housed their infrastructure. Meanwhile the Ramanthian queen on the planet Hive is laying billions of eggs that need transporting to other planets so the species can survive and ultimately expand to rule the galaxy. Counter strategies forged on Algernon are implemented by the legion to protect the galaxy from the insectoid horde.
Hive is heavily protected so that an armada could not successfully attack, but a lone spaceship disguised as a comet and piloted by a cyborg might succeed. The mission works, forcing the enemy to pull back forces to protect the Hive. However, the enemy has cut a deal with the Thrakis to retrofit three thousand vessels; the biggest battle in the galaxy seems imminent on the planet Savas with the legion determined to get the Ramanthian's new communication system.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner