Sucker Punch

The Spec Ops Squad is a group of elite soldiers from every alien race in the Alliance of Light. They’re supposed to be the best of the best. It’s been tough to forge them into a team; they didn’t have much in common at the beginning. But commanding officer Sergeant Bart “Dragon” Drak has done a good job, and the Squad has achieved some important victories--at a heavy cost.

Now they’re facing their toughest test yet. The Alliance of Light has built a utopian community on the planet Unity, where people from all the various alien races live together. But Unity is threatened by an attack from the Ilion Federation. The Spec Ops Squad and the rest of their regiment are responsible for holding Ilion at bay until the Alliance can build up their supports. The Squad is up for the task. The only question is, can Unity hold itself together long enough?


"Rick Shelley was a soldier at heart, and his books were written from the heart. They carry the real feel of the sweat, blood, and camaraderie of those on the front lines." --Jack Campbell, author of the bestselling Lost Fleet series

Cover Art: Dirk Berger

This is a work of fiction. All the characters and events portrayed in this book are fictional, and any resemblance to real people or incidents is purely coincidental.

First printing, January 2003 by Ace

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eISBN: 978-1-93653-542-2

Copyright 2003 by Rick Shelley

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