"In the beginning was the Empire, and all was well."
"Owen Deathstalker -- outlawed, with a price on his head and a mighty warrior lineage in his veins -- had no choice but to embrace the destiny that befell him. With nothing to lose, only he had the courage to take up sword and energy gun against Queen Lionstone XIV.
Now as he gathers his unlikely force -- the legendary washed-up hero Jack Random, the beautiful pirate Hazel d'Arc, the original Deathstalker long since presumed dead, and the alien Hadenmen whose purposes no human can discern -- the eyes of the downtrodden are upon him...while the freedom of a galaxy awaits!" -- from the back cover
This was an engaging military space opera which gave insights into many characters points of view. Though the series is about Owen Deathstalker, he is more in the background in this book. More prominent characters include Captain Jack Silence who will defend the Empire even if it's not perfect and the rebel Jack Random who is one of the few who was altered by an alien maze.
Date read: 8/18/2008
Book #: 54
Challenge: Chunkster Challenge
Series: Owen Deathstalker #2
Rating: 3*/5 = good
# of Pages: 509
Binding: Mass Market Paperback