The Dark Wing by Walter H. Hunt

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The zor is just one of the alien races that humanity encounters when it travels to the stars, and from the very first meeting it has been all-out war. For many years the conflicts have been sporadic, usually ending with an Earth concession and a treaty. But the zor does not respect mankind and has no any intention of honoring the agreements. When the zor decide to mount a surprise attack against human colonies, the normally self-absorbed government of Earth realizes that something must be done before it is too late.

A controversial scholar by the name of Marais is brought in. A nonmilitary man, he has spent his entire life studying the zor and claims to have a plan to deal with them once and for all. With so few options remaining, Marais is put in charge of the battlefleet.

Earth just wants the threat neutralized and would be happy with a stalemate, but Marais has other ideas. He believes himself to be the mythic Dark Wing, destined to exterminate the zor. . . .
 

About Walter H. Hunt

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Walter H. Hunt lives in the suburbs of Boston, Massachusetts. The Dark Wing is his first novel.
 
Published December 14, 2001 by Tor Books. 496 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction, Action & Adventure, War. Fiction

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Now, not in the least dead, and capable of stepping directly through hyperspace, Stone tells Jackie that his sponsors are manipulating humans, zor and vuhls—leaving Jackie and the zor High Lord to wonder whether the gyaryu itself has been corrupted.

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Commodore Jackie Laperriere of the huge Cicero naval base, together with her executive officer, the zor Ch’k’te, realize that Cicero has been infiltrated by aliens with powerful psychic abilities to coerce, kill, or assume the appearance of anyone—even Jackie and Ch’k’te!

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Exasperated, Emperor Alexander engages retired Admiral Lord Marais, an expert on the zor, to take command of the highly politicized Space Navy (rich aristocrats can buy their commissions) and defeat the enemy by whatever means necessary.

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Like its predecessors, this latest entry in the Dark Wing series (The Dark Wing , etc.) expands the bounds of military SF to touch on the philosophy and morality of war.

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This entertaining first novel plays some welcome variations on formulaic military SF. Tired of a decades-long war with the zor, a race of birdlike aliens, the Solar Empire puts a new admiral, a for

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With its complexities of plot and character, Hunt's fast-paced space adventure, the third book in his Dark Wing series (after 2003's The Dark Path), rises above the humdrum repetitions typical of this SF subgenre.

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Yet the zor believe they have found clues to a strategy to defeat the Ór within another ancient prophecy: the Legend of Qu'u, about a zor hero who braved great dangers in a quest to recover a lost artifact, the zor sword known as the Talon of State.

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The insectoid vuhls have changed the dynamics of the galaxy forcing former enemies, humans and the aviary-like zor, to need one another to survive the hypnotic illusion assaults of this new antagonist.

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