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.)

Austin Powers? Hehehe... Fine, i know this is 2016 but even so... Isn't it good to refer to old movies? No? Okay then...
wendyjays wendyjays Mar 18
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.
JAPartridge JAPartridge Aug 04, 2015
i have to say that writing the alien dialog was incredibly fun.