The Caledonian Gambit

A Novel

trade paperback, 310 pages

English language

Published May 23, 2017 by Talos Press/Skyhorse Publishing.

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4 stars (1 review)

The galaxy is mired in a cold war between two superpowers, the Illyrican Empire and the Commonwealth. Thrust between this struggle are Simon Kovalic, the Commonwealth's preeminent spy, and Kyle Rankin, a lowly soldier happily scrubbing toilets on Sabaea, a remote and isolated planet. However, nothing is as it seems. Kyle Rankin is a lie. His real name is Eli Brody, and he fled his home world of Caledonia years ago. Simon Kovalic knows Caledonia is a lit fuse hurtling towards detonation. The past Brody so desperately tried to abandon can grant him access to people and places that are off limits even to a professional spy like Kovalic. Kovalic needs Eli Brody to come home and face his past. With Brody suddenly cast in a play he never auditioned for, he and Kovalic will quickly realize it's everything they don't know that will tip the scales of galactic peace. …

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4 stars

For a first book by Dan, I can’t find any faults. Maybe, if anything, some of the conversation and setting descriptions are a bit cheesy but not distractingly so. The characters are literal world building are compelling and I’m diving right into the next one. I’m only giving this one four stars to give me room for five stars for the rest of the series.


  • Imaginary wars and battles
  • Fiction