This book started off very good but in the end it became “just” good. It starts off with a known enemy breaking a peace treaty for the umpteen time and an admiral taking the opportunity to wage war against this enemy in the only way that enemy can understand it even if it means the extermination of the enemy species and despite the opinions of the pea-brained politicians. After having read the first half, maybe a bit more, I was ready to give this book at least four stars, maybe five.
Then the pea-brained politicians decide to pee in their pants and try to recall the human fleet when they are, finally, about to gain a decisive victory. These are the same morons that have agreed to peace treaty after peace treaty with an alien race that have constantly shown that they use these treaties only to rearm and then have another go at exterminating the humans. It really reminds me of the useless UN: Oh my they didn’t stop being bad guys so let’s make an even stronger worded resolution.
At the end of the book there’s a totally ridiculous court martial which almost ruins the book. Now, luckily, in the course of the book the admiral in question tells the pea-brained politicians to shove it and successfully completes his task anyway which makes this book being a good read despite the political nonsense. However, the second half of the book, which almost entirely revolves around political bullshit, drags the book down.
In the book we get an insight into the alien and their somewhat strange religious-like way of reasoning which adds an interesting element. As one can imagine, especially from the fact that there are three more books and from the blurb on the second book, the bad guys do not get exterminated although they realize the error of their ways.
The end result is a good book which could have been even better. I won’t hesitate to read the second one in the series although I certainly hope that the author doesn’t step up the political bullshit in that one.