By any name William H Keith, Jr. writes good books. This one is written under the pen name Ian Douglas. Set in Earth’s far future, this book delivers. There’s lots of action, a main character with a troubled past, and a host of alien races. The alien look and think differently than humans, which makes it all the more engaging.
Lieutenant Gray is a fighter pilot with good instincts, but when the Sh’daar issue an ultimatum, he joins the space navy to protect his home world. The odds seem hopeless. What can one carrier fleet do against a galaxy wide empire? Go they will, because if they don’t, humanity will become the next race in a long line to serve the alien masters.