8 years before the USS Odyssey embarks on its maiden voyage, the Alliance stands on the precipice of war against the Dominus Union. Lt. Adrian Rain is the officer in charge of Havoc Squadron, the USS Independence's vanguard wing. After the President of the Alliance declares war, the Independence dispatches Havoc squadron to recon the border territory between the Dominus Union and the Alliance. Stealth and speed are their top assets for this mission. Speed, Adrian has covered in spades. Stealth is something he's less intimate with. Can Havoc Squadron recon their objective and exfiltrate or will they be intercepted and forced to fight?
Commander Adrian Rain is a former ace fighter pilot turned command staff trainee. He's spent 4 years training under Alpha Fleet's best, it's commanding officer Admiral Jacquianna "Mad Jack" Carter. The two have had an awkward flirtatious relationship so far. Adrian would like for more, but does Jack? He's due to complete his training soon and will be ready to assume a full time posting as an executive officer. Everyone assumes it will be on the Baden's Call, but will it? This is a prequel piece to the full length novel Star Odyssey - Rain's Gambit.