This ebook contains all three volumes in the series (Steele's Hammer, Steele's Demon Star, Steele's War). In a universe where interstellar commerce and politics among the many human colonies on other planets, have been disrupted by the discovery of wormholes between giant stars, Captain Damascus 'Mac the Knife' Steele has no choice but to get involved in a highly risky mercenary venture that rapidly grows into something far more dangerous, not just for himself, but for all humanity. This military SF series will appeal to fans of David Weber's Honor Harrington series.
All three volumes in this series can be read in The Complete Glory Game Series ebook. Damascus ‘Mac the Knife’ Steele, formerly a Captain in the Hereditary Republic of Caledonia Navy and now discharged on half-pay status, is asked by a beautiful woman to help liberate her father’s planetary kingdom from occupation by pirates. Steele soon discovers that things are not what they seem. The pirates are somehow involved with an interstellar conglomerate bent on dominating the newly-discovered network of wormholes between super-giant stars, and the Princess may be hiding a secret that could put Steele’s life in jeopardy. To complicate matters further, the Princess has hired a former HRCN Vice-Admiral notorious for her recklessness to lead the liberation effort. In the cold void of space, out-numbered and out-gunned, can Steele find a way to keep from being killed while he tries to figure out what’s really going on?
Excerpt: Steele woke up to the sound of a call. “Captain here,” he said in a sleepy voice. “Bridge, sir. Sorry to wake you, Captain, but something just happened that you should know about. Roughly thirty seconds ago, radar scans of the wormhole picked up a resonance wave. It only lasted for a second and a half, but it was quite noticeable, and we recorded it. I thought I should inform you right away, sir.” Steele was now fully alert. A wormhole resonance wave happened when the tunnel of fast-moving ether, generated by a ship’s FTL vanes, just happened to be aimed precisely at a wormhole. No ship captain would order that to happen deliberately since it was almost impossible to aim a ship that precisely at long distances, and there wasn’t any benefit from doing so, but it could happen randomly. And if a ship was headed for this wormhole, it was quite possible that the ether tunnel had momentarily cut across the wormhole’s location. The implication was obvious. There was a ship out there that was heading in this direction. In all likelihood it was still far away, but there was no point in taking any chances. “You did the right thing, Commander. Shut down our radars. I’ll be on the Bridge momentarily. You can bring the ship up to Condition Two. We’ve got company coming, and we’ll assume the worst until we learn otherwise.” “Shut down radars and go to Condition Two, yes, sir.” “Good. That’s all for now.” Steele got up and dressed. He had a hunch that this was not just some merchant ship nor was it Javelin or Minotaur. It was too early for their return. That just left Trajan’s heavy cruiser.
After tangling with an interstellar conglomerate’s mercenaries, Captain Steele and his repaired Q-ship, Diamond K, are ready to conduct what should be routine survey missions to find and explore new wormholes. Unfortunately for him, his survey missions will be anything but routine. The ambitious ruler of a neighboring star nation will make sure of that. But Steele’s biggest challenge is not a man but rather a demon star, that seeks to crush his ship and crew, and the shocking object that’s orbiting it. This second book in The Glory Game series has elements of military SF and Space Opera. Fans of David Weber’s Honor Harrington series and Jack Campbell’s Lost Fleet series will enjoy this thrilling, action-packed story. The first two books in the series is now also available as an audiobook.
This (106,000 words) third book concludes the Glory Game series. Damascus ‘Mac The Knife’ Steele has had some close calls with interstellar mercenaries and a demon star, but now he faces his greatest challenges as hostilities with the mysterious alien race have exploded into a full blown, no holds barred war. With the loss of old and ‘new’ friends, this war has become very personal for Steele and the price of victory might be more than he’s willing to pay. This military SF story contains space battles and some ground battles.