Valor’s Trial by Tanya Huff (Confederation of Valor 4)

Gunnery Sergeant Torin Kerr is having doubts about the Elder races in the confederation. Why is it that none of the three fighting races have been allowed in the diplomatic missions to the Others?

The Others invade the planet Estee in strength and the whole task force is deployed to take it back. But the other deploys a new weapon, a matter scrambler, that takes out a huge area, turning everything inside into melted glass. Torin’s last known position where inside that area, so she is believed to be dead.

But her boyfriend Craig refuses to believe she is dead, so he sets out to find her.

And she is not dead, she wakes up a POW in a strange cave complex. There are other marine prisoners there, but the Others don’t take prisoners? Or so she believed before.

Set on geting out of there, she has to race the clock. Long time prisoners looses the will to escape, there is something pacifying in the food, so she has to get out of there before it gets to her too.

The Confederation of Valor books by Tanya Huff is decent military science fiction, especially the first book. Tanya is good at dialogue. The end is close to Deus Ex Machina but that being the point in the story, I can’t say much about it. The Characters are likable and colorful.