Colonial Marines land on the planet Tartarus to investigate illegal prospecting by a rival corporation on a Weyland-Yutani claim. But what they find are the shell-shocked survivors of a battle with extraterrestrial hunters over the possession of a mysterious horseshoe-shaped spaceship of unkwn origin. The Weyland-Yutani rep demands the marines take the ship, and the marine captain is determined to protect her crew.
Dan Abnett is a British comic book writer and novelist. He has been a frequent collaborator with fellow writer Andy Lanning, and is known for his work on books for both Marvel Comics, and their UK imprint, Marvel UK, since the 1990s, as well as 2000 AD. He has also contributed to DC Comics titles, and his Warhammer Fantasy and Warhammer 40,000 novels and graphic novels for Games Workshop's Black Library now run to several dozen titles and have sold over 1,150,000 copies. In 2009 he released his first original fiction novels through Angry Robot books. He lives and works in Maidstone, Kent, England.