#3 in New York Times best-selling author Eric Flint's science fiction Jao Empire series.
It has become clear to both the Jao and their human and Lleix partners that if they are going to defeat the Ekhat who have been terrorizing the galaxy for eons, they need more allies. To that end, Preceptor Ronz, guardian of Earth and greatest living strategist of the Jao, has harnessed the energy of Earth's humans to create and send out an exploration fleet under the command of Caitlin Kralik.
But after a long search, all the expedition has found are dead worlds and now-extinct intelligent species slaughtered by the genocidal Ekhat. Do they continue to search down the galactic arm in which Earth and the Jao worlds lie, or do they make an astounding leap in another direction? With friends like Gabe Tully, Tamt, Wrot and Caewithe Miller supporting her, Caitlin makes her decision.
Meanwhile, the Ekhat, as murderous and destructive as they have always been, have a new generation of leaders growing into power who are even more implacable than those who have gone before them. The Ekhat have not forgotten the Jao, nor the damage they have done over the years to the Ekhat purpose. It's up to the Jao-Human-Lleix confederation and the new allies they make to survive the onslaught and turn the tables on the Ekhat.
About Jao Empire series entry #2 The Course of Empire by Eric Flint & K.D. Wentworth:
“The action is fast and furious . . . a trimphant story . . . ”—The Midwest Book Review
“Building to an exhilarating conclusion, this book cries out for a sequel.”—Publishers Weekly
About Eric Flint’s best-selling Ring of Fire series:
“…reads like a technothriller set in the age of the Medicis …”—Publishers Weekly
“…each new entry appears better than the previous one, a seemingly impossible feat…terrific.”—Midwest Book Review
“[C]ombines accurate historical research with bold leaps of the imagination.”—Library Journal
Eric Flint is a modern master of alternate history fiction, with 3 million books in print. He’s the author/creator of the multiple New York Times best-selling Ring of Fire series, starting with first novel 1632. With David Drake he has written six popular novels in the “Belisarius” alternate Roman history series, and with David Weber, he has collaborated on 1633 and 1634: The Baltic War, as well as four novels in Weber’s Honorverse series. Flint was for many years a labor union activist. He lives near Chicago, Illinois.
David Carrico made his first professional SF sale to The Grantville Gazette e-magazine in 2004. His stories have also appeared in the Grantville Gazette and Ring of Fire anthologies from Baen Books and in Jim Baen's Universe e-magazine. Baen Books published Carrico's e-book story collection 1635: Music and Murder, as well as two novels written in collaboration with Eric Flint: 1636: The Devil's Opera and The Span of Empire, which was nominated for the 2017 Dragon Award for Best Military SF or Fantasy novel.