Fans of the Wing Commander Saga, don't waste your time with this sloppy and uninspiring story. I waited anxiously for this book for months, since I enjoyed the PC game so much. I was hoping that it would fill some of the holes in the story the way Heart of the Tiger did. You can't imagine my disappointment. Blair, the great war hero of the game, is now a pathetic and cowardly loser with one foot in a bottle, and the other in the grave. He jumps at the chance to fly again, (who wouldn't?), and from there begins a staid adventure that is nowhere near as exciting as the game. The book also goes off on tangents that the game never pursued. As others have already stated... #1. A romance with Sosa? Where did this garbage come from? #2. While not a major character in the game, I missed Catscratch. #3. In the more popular version of the game, Vagabond plays a vital role. The book ignores him completely. #4. Blair becoming an Admiral was one option of the game, but according to devotees of the game, not the true ending. William Forstchen has told many great tales of the Kilrathi war in other books, but it seems to me he just hurried this one along because he was under contract or something. I wouldn't recommend this book to any serious fan of the game. You're better off ignoring it.