Engage at Dawn: Seize and Destroy
by Edward Hochsmann
Taking advantage of a Sentry Vessel in for repair, a rapacious alien ConFed merchant has launched a criminal expedition to acquire illegal narcotics from Earth. They’ve been working with the criminal 252 Syndicate, but now the vicious Salinas drug cartel has captured two aliens and are holding them hostage on a boat off a Caribbean island. All that is bad enough, but if the 252s manage to get to the boat first, the aliens’ technology will give the syndicate unequaled power. The US Government must do something—and fast. But also secretly, because they can’t reveal the importance of the technology, nor share knowledge of the existence of aliens to other nations. So veteran alien-chaser Coast Guard cutter Kauai is assigned to the rescue. It’s a race against two deadly foes, with the safety of the world at stake.