by David Gunn
Review by Harriet Klausner
Del Rey Hardcover ISBN/ITEM#: 9780345498274
Date: 01 May 2007 List Price $24.95 Amazon US / Amazon UK
Links: Review of U.K edition by John Berlyne / Show Article /
From back of book: Sven Tveskoeg, an ex-sergeant demoted for insubordination,is a vicious killer, stubborn but with a streak of loyalty. Sven possesses a genetic makeup that is 98.2% human and 1.8%... something else. Perhaps that "something else" explains his ability to quickly heal from even the worst injuries and to communicate telepathically with the ferox, fearsome alien savages whose natural fighting abilities outperform the advanced technology of their human enemies.
Drafted into the Death's Head -- the elite enforcers of imperial will -- Sven is sent to a bleak faraway planet, the latest battleground of the nefarious powers that rule the universe. There he finds himself in the midst of a military disaster, one that will take all his courage and firepower to survive. But an even deadlier struggle is taking place, one in which Sven knows he is a pawn. Pawns have a habit of being sacrificed, but Sven is nobody's sacrifice. And even a pawn can checkmate a king.
(Source: Del Rey)