The Voyage of the Star Wolf is the second book in David Gerrold's Star Wolf science fiction series.
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Relations are tense between the human Alliance and the Morthan Solidarity. (The Morthans are genetically enhanced humans who are contemptuous of humans; Morthan is derived from "more than".) As a result, the Alliance assembles the strongest military escort it can to protect a large convoy on its richest interstellar shipping route. The destroyer LS-1187, a cheap liberty ship, is assigned to the escort, but is trailed to the rendezvous by a powerful Morthan task force led by the battle-cruiser Dragon Lord, which attacks without warning or declaration of war. The escort is no match for their attackers, and the LS-1187 itself is knocked out of action.
With the captain incapacitated, Jonathan Korie, the executive officer, brings the damaged ship safely back to base. However, he and the LS-1187 are unfairly held responsible for leading the enemy to the convoy and are shunned.
Captain Hardesty, a noted officer nicknamed the Star Wolf, takes command of the ship. Once the ship is repaired, it sent to escort back the Burke, another liberty ship, but one that has been modified with a new drive that makes it nearly twice as fast as any Morthan vessel. The Burke entered Morthan space to secretly pick up an ambassador from a peace faction, relying on its great speed advantage. However, the LS-1187 arrives to find the crew of the Burke all dead, killed by the "ambassador", who turns out to be an artificially enhanced assassin of the highest order named Esker Cinnabar. He soon seizes control with frightening ease, taking the captain prisoner and awaiting the arrival of the Dragon Lord. The crew try everything they can to keep the new technology from the Morthans, but fail. However, when the Burke is moved inside the Dragon Lord's hold, it explodes, destroying the battle-cruiser. Korie had set a trap. It takes great cunning, but he also manages to kill Cinnabar afterward.
Best part of story, including ending:
It's full of tense, edge-of-your-seat action.
Best scene in story:
At the very end, it is revealed (but not to the crew) that the Morthans detected Korie's bomb. However, the Alliance had installed others before sending the Burke on its mission. The new drive was the bait to lure the Dragon Lord to its destruction.
Opinion about the main character:
Korie is somewhat believable. A bit of back story and some weaknesses help.