In the Shadow of Stars
It's been more than a century since the people of Earth began reaching out into the Void of interstellar space to colonize it. With humanity spread across the galaxy, the United Earth's abilities to protect the outlying colony worlds is spread thin, and centuries of company greed have led to power hunger corporatocracies declaring independence to farm the labor of their own people. When the Independent Colonies Allied Forces mount a battle for so called independence against the United Earth and its loyal colonies, the galaxy is embroiled in a war of moral grays.
Athlen Holt's time at the United Earth Defense Interstellar Naval Academy has been marked with soaring successes and soul crushing loss.
The problem is, he hasn't even gotten to the frontlines yet.
But that's about to change when Athlen is thrust in real world of in
Athlen's got a lot of lessons to learn that they don't teach at the Academy if he wants to see himself, and his best friend on the other side of this war.