“When lives are at stake, you do what you have to, whether it’s personally comfortable for you or not.”
Typical Cold War-era space opera. Independently-minded heroes take on bumbling bureaucracy as well as the heinous enemy. Standard space opera opening: new alien obliterates friendly human greeters.
“No empire looks oppressive to those in power.”
Well conceived (first published in 1994) and well written. The technology and science aged well: despite being written before the advent of smart phones, tablets, and the internet. Not great literature, not even great science fiction, but a good read.
“We don’t always create the wars. But whether we do or not, we always win them. Tell your Elders that.”
Trivia: The Conqueror’s Sagas immediately preceded Zahn’s enormously popular Admiral Thrawn Star Wars books.
“It’s that ‘supposed to be’ that I worry about.”