Empire of Bones
by Terry Mixon
Jared Mertz, not to be confused with any progeny of Ethel Mertz, is a Commander in the Imperial Navy of the reborn Terran Empire centered on a planet named Avalon. He has had an uphill battle to prove himself and safeguard his projection of integrity during his career because when he joined a blood test showed that he was a royal.
The reborn Terran Empire has spread out pretty well since reentering space but they still lack a lot of technology that was lost with the fall of the first Empire. Good excuse to send out scouting expeditions looking to recover useful things and maybe go a little BSG, Battlestar Galactica for those of you not…hip, in hunting down Earth.
Commander Mertz is looking forward to the responsibility of safeguarding a freighter loaded with scientists through unexplored space right up until the last minute of departure when he gets saddled with last minute crew including his royal sister as an Ambassador.
A critique I would give on the plot is that I feel the expeditions are going out really under-gunned. Granted this navy has not actually fought a war but they have existed with the damage from the last one of the Old Empire. Surely they can’t think the Galaxy is now benign?
Enough with the almost spoilers dude! I really enjoyed this series kick off and plan to continue reading them as they come out. Four out of five rail gun shots in the face of the Pale Ones!