What if earth discovered a space portal to a distant habitable planet? What if that planet were colonized with analogs of present day nation states? What if 911 happened again? What if a military genius created a mercenary force to punish and defeat the terrorists using current military hardware? Tom Kratman is a former military officer who understands the nuts and bolts of squad to division sized combat formations and wants to reinvision the West's reaction to post 911 Islamic terrorism. Mr. Kratman is not particularly skilled at story telling or creating interesting carecters. Not my cuppa. YMMV.