Roc, August 2001, 6.99, 352 pp.
In the distant future, mankind has colonized many planets in different galaxies spread across the vast universe. Some of these planets joined together to form The Confederation, an empire whose goal is to keep the peace even when members are at war. The Legion, one of the Confederation's Strike Forces, is dispatched to the ore rich Cumbre system when they become involved in a civil war and fight off the encroachment of two enemy empires. Throughout these engagements, The Confederation has remained ominously silent and some think that the organization no longer exists.
Two soldiers Garvin and Njangu need to know what happened to the Confederation and its homeworld of Centrum. They obtain the approval to take a spaceship disguised as a traveling circus out into space to see if they can gather any Intel about why there has been no communication from the Confederation. To perfect their disguise, they land on a world inhabited by real circus performers and recruit several acts to intermingle with their own. Once that is accomplished, the action really begins.
Chris Bunch has created an action packed space opera that has the required number of space battles, adventures, and narrow escapes. HOMEFALL has plenty of daring do but the heart of the novel lies the colorful cast of characters, who though at seem zany, know how to pull together when times get tough. Fans of military science fiction and action adventure serve will find this novel most pleasing.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner