Great Sci-Fi tale! Real characters you can relate to, like, hate, feel sorry for. If you know any army Rangers, you will recognize “Det” Cox. He doesn’t think much of bureaucrats or, come to think of it, most officers with little experience. He commands a group of Rangers on loan from the government to the largest inter-spacial mining entity on earth… naturally based in the US. They are being sent to an unnamed planet still in the process of being terraformed, but already being mined for rare minerals, under the guise of stopping a rebellion.
As they say, no battle plan survives first contact with the enemy and this is no exception!
A wild story and a great read!