John Ringo, Linda Evans
Baen, Mar 2004, 25.00, 682 pp.
The ET Volkswanderung has arrived to conquer the residents of the planet Jefferson, cut off from the rest of the Concordant. Nothing survives the devastation of these marauding interplanetary travelers once they engage in their usual hostile activities. To battle the Volkswanderung, Commander Simon Khrustinov and his Surplus on Loan (SOL) Bolo prepare for one final onslaught yet they successfully vanquish the enemy.
However, much of Jefferson is in ruins from the war. Infrastructure either no longer exists or so feeble it might as well not be there. To rebuild the planet means a major influx of capital (both money and people), but few are willing to pay the cost. When the unpopular government tries to make tough decisions, it gains no support and collapses. Narrow vision Utopians take over with a special agenda attempt to trick the powerful Bolo into ethnically cleanse their enemies, not understanding the moral dilemma imposed on this thinking war machine with a conscience.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner