Eric Flint & Dave Freer
Baen, Sep 2004, 24.00, 390 pp.
Private Chip Connolly, his girlfriend Ginny and their bats and rats expect a hero's welcome when they return to George Bernard Shaw City on the planet Harmony and Reason having defeated the invincible gazillion alien menace the Magh. However, Chip comes from the lowest vat in the humanoid caste system, so members of the elite Inner High Five decide he must die. Chip is arrested and expected to be executed at first light.
The rats and bats that make up his victorious team become concerned because they need one member of the squad with movable thumbs to open the beer. They decide they must rescue their best can opener Chip, but by doing so they bring down the wrath of the secret police. Their only hope to survive resides with Fluff the Kong.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner