Choice of the Cat, the sequel to E. E. Knight's debut novel, Way of the Wolf, continues his Vampire Earth saga, in which alien overlords have conquered Earth and are hungrily harvesting human souls. Standing in their way are pockets of resistance that have vowed to fight back against impossible odds to reclaim the planet.
Lieutenant David Valentine is a member of the Wolves, an elite regiment proficient in tracking down and killing the enemy Kur and their minions of vampiric Reapers and troll-like Grogs. But when a battle with the enemy goes horribly wrong and Valentine is unjustly threatened with a court-martial, he's forced to resign his position with the Wolves. Fate intervenes, and he is offered a position as a Cat, a select stealth warrior who usually works alone and is sent into the most dangerous situations. Together with the deadly (and beautiful) Smoke, a female Cat, Valentine is sent on a mission across the Great Plains Gulag to find out why enemy soldiers are wearing the symbol of the Twisted Cross. Fans of postapocalyptic fiction should thoroughly enjoy this captivating and highly original series. While not on the same level of scope and profundity as classics like L. Ron Hubbard's Battlefield Earth and Lucifer's Hammer by Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle, the Vampire Earth saga is a military science fiction/horror thriller comparable to John Ringo's Legacy of the Aldenata sequence (A Hymn Before Battle, Gust Front, When the Devil Dances, et al.) and Harry Turtledove's Worldwar saga. Paul Goat Allen