(Black Fleet Trilogy #1)
by Joshua Dalzelle (2015)
In the 25th century humans have conquered space. The advent of faster-than-light travel has opened up hundreds of habitable planets for colonization, and humans have exploited the virtually limitless space and resources for hundreds of years with impunity.
So complacent have they become with the overabundance that armed conflict is a thing of the past, and their machines of war are obsolete and decrepit. What would happen if they were suddenly threatened by a terrifying new enemy?
Would humanity fold and surrender, or would they return to their evolutionary roots and meet force with force? One ship—and one captain—will soon be faced with this very choice.
This is more like it for Military Science Fiction. There is more science, and the physics is explained well. The pacing is a little slow, it reminds me of Kristine Kathryn Rusch or David Weber. And it ramps up to a decent conflict and resolution at the end.