It is the mid-22nd century. Mankind has almost destroyed its homeworld through war and neglect, and has spread throughout the stars in a bid to find a new home, a sanctuary in a cold, uncaring universe. After a decade-long war, the planetary colonies of Mars, Callisto and Titan have liberated themselves from the oppressive government of the United Nations of Earth, and are ready to venture out among the stars, to sample the wonders, and brave the fears of what lies beyond. Shady rumors of malevolent empires and forgotten races echo through the dark alleys of the Triplanetary Confederation’s shining cities, and a conspiracy lurks within that might yet bring the end to all the hopes, all the dreams, and see them cast asunder forever.
Set against these forces is the Battlecruiser Alamo, flagship of the nascent Triplanetary Fleet, on a mission of exploration and defence, charged with seeking out dangers to the people of the Confederation and destroying them, no matter what the cost. Names such as Daniel Marshall, Margaret Orlova, Helena Caine, Jack Quinn, Gabriel Cooper, Pavel Salazar will be written in trails of fire as they blaze their way through the cosmos on a never-ending quest to preserve peace and freedom.
Battlecruiser Alamo is a military science-fiction series, chronicling the adventures of the crew of the eponymous starship. Whilst by its very nature - it travels to other stars - there are certainly elements of space opera to it, I’ve tried to keep it reasonably hard sci-fi in terms of the basic assumptions of how the universe works. The primary armament of the starship is a quarter-mile-long laser cannon, with mile-long heat radiators spreading from it like gossamer wings, supplemented by missile salvos. Defences focus on electronic warfare, rather than forcefields, meaning that many battles focus down to duelling computer hackers fighting for supremacy.
It seems strange to remember now, but this series was originally intended to be a trilogy; at some point early in the writing stage, it evolved into an ongoing series, with multi-book plot arcs. While individual arcs come to an end - and I won’t go into detail about that to avoid spoilers - the series itself continues. Characters may come and go, but the saga lives on. At one point, I did a spin-off, Spitfire Station, which is intended to slot in between the fifth and sixth books in the series; ultimately I ended up folding the characters I liked back into the main series, rather than continuing with the spin-off, though it does contribute to the ongoing story arc.
Obviously, the best way to start the saga is with the first book in the series, Price of Admiralty, chronicling the first mission of the Battlecruiser Alamo under its commander, Daniel Marshall, but given that reading more than a dozen books is a big time investment, all books, at least to an extent, stand-alone. I’d recommend Aces High as a good alternate starting point; it was written with that in mind, and launches a new arc and a new enemy.
List of Books