Author William H. Keith, Jr.
Published 1997


During the earlier days of the Melconian War, a brigade of Bolo - mostly old Bolo Mark XVIII units - was stationed in the independent Strathan Confederation, a star cluster on the edge of the galaxy. Much to the astonishment of the Confederation's population an aggressive and well-armed race named the Malach arrived from uncharted worlds outside the Galaxy, intent on seizing the mineral rich worlds of the cluster.

All that stood between the Malach and the annihilation of the Confederation was Lieutenant Donal Ragnor and two Bolo Mark XXVI units: Freddy and Ferdy. But the orders of the Confederation military had placed suicidal restrictions upon the operation of the Bolos - forcing Ragnor to risk the sanity of his forces if he over-rode their restrictions.