A genetically enhanced fighting force may be humanityâ€™s only hope in this novel by the #1 New York Timesâ€“bestselling author of Star Wars: Heir to the Empire.
Decades after a successful invasion of Earth and the Terran Democratic Empire by the Ryqrilâ€”hostile, leathery-skinned aliensâ€”resistance fighter Allen Caine is training for an undercover mission. He will assume the identity of an aide to the senateâ€”part of the government that colludes with the invaders. But when the mission begins earlier than planned, Caine finds himself stuck on the off-planet outpost of Plinry with no idea of what awaits. Heâ€™s responsible for the most important mission undertaken by the resistance in twenty years, and when the operation goes awry, Caineâ€™s only hope is to locate Plinryâ€™s so-called blackcollarsâ€”the elusive, martial artsâ€“trained guerilla force whose wartime resistance efforts are legendary. With his life and the freedom of everyone in the TDE on the line, Caineâ€™s success will depend on whether or not he can find them. . . .