The eternal war is about to end…
…but not the way anyone wants.
Sethlan is an officer of the empire. He was raised from birth to fight in the trenches that span the continent: The Eternal Front.
The Lucky Strike is a sentient, independent prospector ship... it wants colonization rights for the planet but the locals are in the way.
If the ship can shatter the trenches, the war will spread like wildfire and ravage the planet. The Lucky Strike hangs in orbit, playing both sides, crafting the death of the world.
Desperate and outclassed, Sethlan frantically untangles the off-world conspiracy. To save his world, he may have to tear down the empire itself.
It's a choice he doesn’t want to make: to betray a lifetime of service or watch his world burn.
Science fiction of the highest caliber… [It] allows us to contemplate what it means to be human – the essence of enduring literature.
Best SF I’ve read all year… a richly textured, vivid, insanely readable story...