Sole survivor of a ruthless pirate attack on his planet, Joshua Penbrook vows revenge on the men who destroyed his home. Through a combination of skill and being in the right place at the right time, Joshua is able to gain control of a space warship and claim salvage rights. The Kingdom of Braeden, original owners of the ship, rejects Joshuas salvage claims forcing him into the role he most feared--that of pirate.Over time, Joshua gathers a dedicated crew and develops the reputation of one of the top pirates in human space. Braeden hasnt forgotten his disputed claim on what they regard as their ship and, over two generations, Braedens Queens play a deadly game of cat and mouse with Joshua and his ship--sometimes using him to their advantage, and sometimes turning the planets entire resources to Joshuas destruction. For the most part, Joshua is willing to play the game--he may be the mouse, but hes a mouse with very sharp teeth. For him, though, it stops being a game when Braedens Queen decides to target Joshuas family as well.What nobody knows is that Joshua holds the long life gene... something that will allow him to outlive his enemies if they dont kill him first, but that would also make him the most valuable commodity in the human part of the galaxy. They also dont know that his heritage, born of the descendents of the original colonization ship Orion, gives him some unusual advantages in what is a largely unequal battle.Author Kenneth E. Ingle continues his story of the space exploration begun in FIRST CONTACT with an exciting adventure of space piracy, planetary exploration, and military strategy. Fans of the series will definitely want to read this one. If you havent read the earlier books, THIRD CONTACT works well as a stand-alone novel.