Summary: CHAPTER ONE Ky Vatta glanced around the table at the captains crowded into her office. It still felt a little unreal, but here they were, all waiting for her to say something: Argelos and Pettygrew, there from the beginning; Yamini, who had been Argelos' military adviser and who now captained the stealth observer they'd captured from the pirates; Ransome and Baskerville, the two surviving captains of Ransome's Rangers; Major Douglas of Mackensee Military Assistance Corporation, ass ...show moreigned as MMAC's liaison to her. His assistant, Master Sergeant Cally Pitt, seemed quite at ease standing in a corner. ''Our main problem, as I see it, is that we're always reacting to Turek,'' Ky said. ''We don't know much about him, what his goals are-besides killing people and getting power-and we can't understand any of the transmissions we've overheard. We've got to find a way to get better intel.'' ''Mackensee might share data with you,'' Major Douglas said. ''If you don't mind me butting in.'' He smiled at Ky. ''I don't mind,'' Ky said. ''Before we go into jump, would you like to ask them about that?'' ''You particularly want information about their language, any history anyone can dig up, is that right?'' ''Oh, I wouldn't mind knowing where they are right now, where they're going next, and in what force,'' Ky said, grinning. ''If we knew that, we'd be hauling mass,'' Douglas said. ''All of us. But I can ask if any of our linguists know the language. You gave them copies of the transmissions, right?'' ''I did, yes,'' Ky said. ''And another thing . . . I know I need a staff structure. We talked about that before, but with over forty ships to command, I need something now, before we get to Cascadia.'' ''Think any of those privateers will give you trouble?R ...show lessEdition/Copyright: 09
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