by David Adams
In the near future, humanity discovers a way to travel to the stars.
Shortly afterward, a mysterious alien race appears over three major cities of Earth — Beijing, Tehran, and Sydney — and burns them to ashes.
They transmit a warning. Never again develop this kind of technology.
Humanity is faced with a choice. Retreat, give up the jump drive, and prevent war… or reach for the stars.
Three great ships are constructed, named after the three cities which were destroyed. Commander Melissa Liao is given command of the Beijing.
Sorely untested, inexperienced, and outgunned, she is thrown into the chaos and struggle of an interstellar war…