Sten Adventures Book 4: Fleet of the Damned

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Fleet of the Damned
Sten Adventure 4 book cover.jpg
Author Chris Bunch and Allan Cole
Cover artist Not listed
Country United States
Language English
Series Sten Adventures
Genre Science fiction novel
Publisher Del Rey Books, reissued by Orbit Books
Publication date
Media type Print (paperback)
Pages 340 pp
ISBN 1-84149-010-5
OCLC 59575426
Preceded by The Court of a Thousand Suns
Followed by Revenge of the Damned

Fleet of the Damned is the fourth book in Chris Bunch and Allan Cole's The Sten Adventures.

Plot summary[edit]

In this book Sten goes to flight school to learn the ins-and-outs of space combat and then heads off to the front lines of the impending war with the militaristic Tahn.

Being assigned on the planet Cavite to Admiral van Doorman, Sten assumes his command, 4 new tacships (Bulkeley Class) with Alex Kilgour having somehow "assigned" himself (We'll never quite find out exactly how he managed that...). They have a rather interesting time evading van Doorman (who is revealed as more of a social admiral rather than a military one), crewing their tacships with a mix of ex-cops and ex-convicts, and finding ways to get their much needed supplies (with the help of an alien spindar).

Eventually, due to events from the previous book, the Empire ends up at war with the Tahn, a war that Sten sees coming but is powerless to prevent. Sten's tacships stop first invasion attempt, but Sten is unable to protect planet indefinitely and eventually loses all his ships (one due to friendly fire, second mysteriously "vanishes", third and fourth are destroyed while defending from second invasion). Sten, Alex and his surviving crew continues in defense of planet as infantry, but eventually situation on Cavite becomes unsustainable and Sten is forced to evacuate all remaining military forces

Unfortunately, Tahn fleet intercepts Sten's convoy and he has no choice than attack his numerically superior opponent. When his transports manage to escape, Sten surrenders his heavily damaged ship and both Sten and Alex are captured by Tahn.