Military journalist Raymin Dahl thinks he’s finally getting the story of a lifetime. Envoys to secret peace talks on a remote tropical moon are about to surrender five colonized worlds—and six hundred million civilians—to a ruthless enemy.But when his commanding officer is fatally wounded before the negotiations can begin, Dahl is told to do more than just report on the mission; he’s ordered to complete it. With the help of the AI embedded in his new comms bracelet, Dahl must impersonate Captain Ansell Sterling, Marine Corps hero and psychological operations expert. Problem is, Sterling’s AI may be luring him to surrender more than he realizes. And the mission Dahl thinks he’s running isn’t the only PSYOP under way. Corporal Dahl may get the great war story he’s dreamed of, but it could be his last!
“With terse prose and hairpin twists, Daniel Schwabauer’s galactic noir Operation Grendel sizzles through the circuits of the human soul.”
“Inverting the perspective of most military science fiction, Schwabauer (the Legends of Tira-Nor series) puts the soldiers behind the journalist in this topsy-turvy novel of far-future psychological operations. …”
“I couldn’t go to sleep until I finished the book. And when I was done, I wanted to read it again.”
Copyright 2021, Daniel Schwabauer