Joe Zieja’s website says it perfectly. “Joe Zieja is an author, a voice over artist, and a consummate nerd who believes that stories are the currency of human emotion and that music is the literal language of gods. He's also the author of the EPIC FAILURE trilogy, the first book of which - Mechanical Failure - debuted in June 2016 from Saga Press, an imprint of Simon and Schuster.” His series has received rave reviews and been compared to Pratchett and Adams for its humor, science fiction setting, and protagonist who reluctantly gets dragged into having to save the galaxy. We are incredibly happy to have Joe at the Galaxy for his newest book, Communication Failure.
In this sequel to Mechanical Failure, a threat of a neighboring human-inhabited system forces Captain Rogers to declare war, and the math-happy Thelicosan fleet offers an ultimatum: surrender Rogers, or everyone dies. Captain Rogers has suddenly become the Admiral of the 331st Meridan fleet, but spies aboard his ship are giving information to the rival Thelicosan command. They believe that they have finally found someone to fulfill the Thelicosan's destiny--and are willing to break a two hundred year peace agreement for it. Now, the 331st must stop the invasion of a strong and determined enemy, while re-learning how to use half the equipment they have, since almost no one has fired a weapon in those two hundred years. War can be hell, especially when no one knows what is going on.
A smooth-talking ex-sergeant, accustomed to an easygoing peacetime military, unexpectedly re-joins the fleet and finds soldiers preparing for the strangest thing--war.
The two hundred years' (and counting) peace is a time of tranquility that hasn't been seen since...well, never. Mankind in the Galactic Age had finally conquered war, so what was left for the military to do but drink and barbecue? That's the kind of military that Sergeant R. Wilson Rogers lived in before he left the fleet to become a smuggler.
But it turns out that smuggling is hard. Like getting-arrested-for-dealing-with-pirates-and-forced-back-into-service kind of hard. It doesn't seem so bad--the military was a perpetual tiki party anyway--but when Rogers returns after only a year away, something has changed. These are soldiers-- actual soldiers doing actual soldier things like preparing for a war that Rogers is sure doesn't exist. Rogers vows to put a stop to all this nonsense--even if it means doing actual work.