This is the kind of book that McDevitt specialises in - the science-fiction archaeology thriller. Don't be fooled by the the date it was written - this book still stands up brilliantly today, and it's a scandal this book was out of print for so long.
Lost in the fog of an old interstellar war, legend, truth and misinformation merge in the story of how Christopher Sim built a rag-tag group of ships into the mystical guerrilla fleet that fought the alien Ashiyyur invaders to a standstill. Alex Benedict takes on the legacy of his dead uncle - a lifelong work trying to find out the truth of Cristopher Sim and his exploits. How much of the story is true? How much demon was in the hero? Was Sim really killed by a betrayal, and what happened to his lost and legendary flagship?
McDevitt builds the legend of a hero forged in a desperate war, and then dismantles the legend to find the man beneath, his triumphs, failures, and betrayals.
This book is a thoughtful, exciting, atmospheric, page turner.