Lieutenant Commander Kyle West is one of Earth Fleet’s greatest fighter pilots. Every day, he leads his squadron into battle over Earth’s cities in a seemingly endless war against a vicious alien race, defending his home and his loved ones.
Millions of miles away, the Fleet’s Elite Squadron attacks from another angle, engaging the enemy on its home turf. Casualties are high, and the Squadron needs more of the Fleet’s very best. But joining the Elite is a death sentence—a surety Kyle isn’t willing to face. Until a devastating attack wipes out the family he refused to leave.
Commander Andrei Dezhnyov, an Elite Squadron gunner, isn’t sure what to make of the cocky new American pilot. Kyle is equally uncertain about the snarly Russian, but as they warm up to each other, their tentative alliance becomes a deep bond—one that endangers them both when a daring and disobedient rescue reveals secrets that call into question everything they’ve ever believed about their enemy. Secrets that their superiors would kill to protect.
I’m not exactly sure how to review this… I’ve honestly started it three times… at least. You’re just going to have to forgive me for being vague. Without giving anything major away, there’s just no other way to review The Tide of War, so here it goes…
This is a book of love, loss and betrayal… but not in the conventional sense. Honestly, romance takes a back seat to the real story, but it’s still an integral part of what happens. The twists and turns, hints of what’s really going on and several moments of complete and utter heartbreak… All of that and more comprise this story.
There’s very little down time, lots of suspense and some touching, heated moments laced within the mystery of Epsilon. I loved the interaction between not just Kyle and Andrei, but all the other characters as well. I also like the not so subtle message that was delivered within the story. In other words, this is a book that makes you think… and those are some of my favorite.
The Tide of War is the first in a series and that’s a very good thing. Even though the story doesn’t end in a cliff hanger, the story is obviously far from over. I can’t wait to see what happens next in Defending Epsilon.