When Maarkean unexpectedly becomes a hero to a large, disenfranchised class of Alliance citizens he finds himself torn between what he has always believed to be true and the actual flawed mechanizations of a central government bloated by greed, elitism and staggering lack of compassion. This is the story of a small group of underdogs overcoming formidable odds. It is a superb beginning to a space saga that is sure to inspire its heroes to greatness and provide plenty of swashbuckling action to boot.
I have to say this story appealed to me on several levels. I read it chiefly for the adventure, and I became thoroughly enchanted with the imaginative descriptions of the different species inhabiting this alternate galaxy. It flowed exceptionally well from beginning to end with proper pacing, and believable dialogue. The characters lived in my imagination. This is an intelligently written science fiction adventure that I recommend highly.
A former naval starfighter pilot, Maarkean Ocaitchi once fought to protect the Alliance and its principles of freedom and democracy, but his sister's rebellious past forced them both into a life of smuggling. He nevertheless refuses to believe her assertions that the whole system is corrupt... until she is arrested and condemned to death as a traitor.
Now, Maarkean must decide where his loyalty lies, and will either spark a rebellion or help crush the spirit of democracry once and for all. The experience will challenge everything he thinks he knows about resistance, loyalty, and friendship.
Written in the spirit of heroic space adventure, Aristeia: Revolutionary
This is the first in a series and should be read in order. Revolutionary Right, #1, A Little Rebellion, #2