SPEC OPS SQUAD
Ace, August 2001, 6.99, 304 pp.
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 union.
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.
Sergeant 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.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner