The Battle at the Moons of Hell (Helfort's War #1)
by Graham Sharp Paul
Cover Artist: Chris McGrath
Review by Ernest Lilley
Del Rey Mass Market ISBN/ITEM#: 9780345495716
Date: 25 September 2007 List Price $7.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Article /
Graham Sharp Paul takes a page from Elizabeth Moon while offering a few nods to E.E. "Doc" Smith in the first book in his Helfort's War saga. The author blends genre and his own experiences with unusually good analysis of the mechanics of ship-to-ship space combat to deliver the first book in a notable series. From official release/information:
Book Description: The Hammer Worlds–the most brutal and oppressive interstellar government in the universe–have hijacked the Federated Worlds cruise ship Mumtaz, seizing its valuable terraforming cargo and damning its passengers to mining the moons of the prison planet known as Hell.
For Junior Lieutenant Michael Helfort and the crew aboard deep space scout vessel 387, the mission is clear: infiltrate enemy territory, locate the Mumtaz, and rescue the prisoners.
The odds are appalling, and the damage will probably be fatal, but victory is nonnegotiable–especially for Helfort, whose mother and sister were on the Mumtaz.
(Source: Del Rey)