By Michael McCollum
After a century of struggle, humanity eventually came across the Achilles heel of the Ryall, their xenophobic reptilian foe. Spica – Alpha Virginis – is the main superstar process in enemy house. it's the hub during which all Ryall starships needs to cross, and if humanity can in basic terms catch and carry it, they're going to strangle the Ryall warfare computing device and finish their danger to humankind forever.
It all appeared so uncomplicated within the desktop simulations: develop by way of stealth, assault all of sudden, strike rapidly with overwhelming energy. regrettably, conquering the Ryall proves the straightforward half. With the main to victory in hand, Richard and Bethany Drake realize that they have to additionally triumph over human nature in the event that they are to carry down the alien foe …
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Like long time lovers, the pair embraced one another with long spiral streamers of star stuff, turning two individual fusion furnaces into a complex couplet of glowing plasma. The smaller of the two was noticeably egg-shaped due to tidal stresses. Complicating the stellar dynamics further, Alpha Virginis-A was a short-period variable with an improbably short cycle of four hours. The ultraviolet-laden sunlight, the solar flux variations due to the four-day orbital period of the star couplet, and the four-hour pulse rate of the system primary,all conspired to rob any planets in orbit of any hope of life.
Galatan had known they spoke the truth, at least on the level where his consciousness lay. It was that part of him below the level of autonomous control that refused to listen to reason. A warrior, his inner self had proclaimed, must be fearless. After all, unlike the Monsters, among The Race, warriors were not trained. They were hatched. Those Who Watched Over the Eggs had decided that he would be a warrior a few hundred heartbeats after the female whose egg he was had deposited him in the warm, wet sand.
BehindConqueror II , the sky was alive with human ships and more arriving every hour. If this whole expedition proved to be a trap, humankind would pay dearly for falling into it. When it came time to jump to Spica, fully half the combined star fleet would be concentrated in this one out-of-the-way system. If the Ryall had laid an ambush, the situation could quickly turn desperate. The destruction of much of humankind’s star fleet here in Ryall space was not the worst thing that could happen, however.