Ben Pollard thinks he's trade the perils of the belt for security on Earth – until he's shanghaied to the orbital Sol II battle station.
There he's forced to help a man Ben never wanted to see again, jinxed pilot Paul Dekker.
Now Dekker's the center of a lethal mystery, while military, political, and corporate rivals on two worlds conspire to use him and pollard as lab animals in a war for humanity's soul. And to save themselves, pollard and Dekker must master and wield the awesome power of Earth's most secret weapon... HELLBURNER.
C. J. Cherryh (born 1942) is the pen name of Carolyn Janice Cherry, a multiple-award-winning science fiction and fantasy writer. She currently resides in Spokane County, Washington.
Cherryh is pronounced ”Cherry”. The author appended a silent ”h” to her real name because her first editor felt that ”Cherry” sounded too much like a romance writer.
The asteroid 77185 Cherryh has been named in her honour.
The Alliance-Union Universe :: Series
Mankind has flown to the stars, expanding far into the void. But relations between the colonies and Earth become tense, resulting in the forming of the Merchanters\' Alliance and The Union.