Two years after the unhatching of Callayan President Neiland's plot to make the capital city of Tanusha the center of the Federation, Callay is under siege. So begins the third installment of this gripping trilogy from an exciting new sci-fi author.
A powerful faction of conservative Fleet captains has surrounded Callay, at Earth's behest, and is threatening a blockade – or worse. A fearful Earth does not wish to lose direct control of its precious war machine, and there are fears of civil war.
All that Callay has to oppose the warships of the Fleet is the Callayan Defense Force (CDF) – a newly formed group of raw recruits led by a politically hamstrung general. However, the CDF is largely trained and organized by Major Vanessa Rice and her best friend, Callay's combat-android, Commander Cassandra Kresnov. But when Cassandra's lover, Special Agent Ari Ruben, discovers a plot to kill her using a killswitch, which her old masters in the League built into her brainstem, Sandy is forced to go underground to stay alive.
About Joel Shepherd
Joel Shepherd is the author of six novels in the Cassandra Kresvov series—Crossover, Breakaway, Killswitch, 23 Years on Fire, Operation Shield, and Originator—and four novels in the Trial of Blood and Steel series—Sasha, Petrodor, Tracato,and Haven. He is currently midway through a doctoral program in International Relations, and has also studied film and television, interned on Capitol Hill in Washington, and traveled widely in Asia.
“For fans of military SF and action-adventure SF with strong female characters, the Cassandra Kresnov series is not to be missed. I hope there will be many more volumes to come.”
— Ray Gun Reviews
"Readers who relish strong female characters, complex storylines, and incredible action and battle scenes should give this trilogy a shot."
— Pat’s Fantasy Hotlist
“My favorite android [Cassandra Kresnov] is back… Espionage, battles, secrets revealed, escapes, political intrigue, personality clashes, high adventure, outer space—it’s all here. . . . Space opera the way it ought to be written.”
— Don D'ammassa's Critical Mass
"Robert Ludlum meets Elizabeth Moon in this classic military SF adventure, buoyed by Shepherd’s knack for balancing crisp action with characters you can really root for.”
— Publishers Weekly