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The Ascent

The Ascent

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JAPartridge By JAPartridge Updated Sep 29, 2015

It was only supposed to be a minor military expedition and Kenneth Phon was only supposed to be an observer. But when the ambitions of powerful men turn to betrayal and murder, the largest human war fleet ever assembled finds itself leaderless and lost, thousands of light-years deep in the territory of a hostile alien empire.

With the fleet surrounded and on the point of surrender, Kenneth Phon takes charge and leads them in their fight home through hundreds of enemy systems.  The underachieving son of a wealthy shipbuilder, Ken must fight off more experienced commanders trying to undermine his authority and fractious mercenary ship captains who'd rather fight each other or turn pirate than cooperate.

If he fails, not only will the fleet be destroyed, but the defenseless Earth will be sterilized by aliens bent on revenge.

(Based on a true story.)

ThatNocturnalOtaku ThatNocturnalOtaku Oct 17, 2016
Austin Powers? Hehehe... Fine, i know this is 2016 but even so... Isn't it good to refer to old movies? No? Okay then...
JAPartridge JAPartridge Dec 09, 2016
Oh behave! 
                              
                              Believe it or not, I tried to keep the names as close as possible to the original Greek names in meaning. Socrates translates into English as something like "whole" + "power" And, since Tim Powers is one of my favorite authors, I thought it would be a good way to go.
wendyjays wendyjays Mar 18, 2016
Right now I'm just hoping that I'll be able to keep up. English not being my native tongue, is a challenge at times in its idiomatic form for me and Dr Swiftly's speech has my mind reeling haha.
GeorgeEmmanouil GeorgeEmmanouil Oct 26, 2015
I know I have raed it to both books frrom jenofon kyrou anabasis and the second the the desend of the myriad both are extraordinary and true story
aftermat aftermat Oct 12, 2015
This is also my childhood reading material, years before google
MyCasandra MyCasandra Sep 14, 2015
Always, excellent writing? I love the way Dr. Swiftly talks, very non human. Love how you create an oracle based on futuristic algorithm.