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AT EMPIRE'S EDGE
Genre: Science Fiction, General Science Fiction
That there is a great market for rousing space battles is undeniable -- the market for the tired "bad-boy military delinquent as hero" might be waning, however, and Dietz relies on this trope heavily. The writing style is choppy and distracting, and the plot fails to inspire. This is a disappointing contribution to the genre.
Cato has survived by combining his tactical superiority with his inability to take a command. Luckily, he was drunk when his entire team was wiped out, and now he is on a mission to find out why. Cato must recapture the Sagathi who destroyed his men, and also learn what it truly means to have honor. (ACE, Oct., 320 pp., $24.95)
Reviewed By: Victoria Frerichs
Published: October 2009