The colony worlds Adirondack and Silvern fell to the Troft forces almost without a struggle. Outnumbered and on the defensive, Earth made a desperate decision. It would attack the aliens not from space, but on the ground—with forces the Trofts did not even suspect. Thus were created the Cobras, a guerilla force whose weapons were surgically implanted, invisible to the unsuspecting eye, yet undeniably deadly. But power brings temptation, and not all the Cobras could be trusted to fight for Earth alone. Jonny Moreau would learn the uses—and abuses—of his special abilities and what it truly meant to be a Cobra.
The first 1/3 of the book is pretty rough, but it quickly moves past the familiar story of a new recruit going off to war and into something much more interesting: what do you do with human weapons of war when you’re done with your war? I went in blind, so wasn’t expecting the second half of the book to take place where it did, but considering the books age (first published in 1985) it’s seems relatively topical and doesn’t have much of the out of the loop science fiction that was being released around that time.
I am both happy and sad to see that Timothy Zahn (one of THE best Star Wars authors) went on to write another eight books in this series. Happy, because it means I get to read another 8 books from a great authors, but sad because it’s 8 more books to read, lol.
I’m going to table the series for now though and move on to a Star Trek book that I got for a buck in a recent sale on Amazon.