The destruction of the interplanetary communications net has isolated planets across The Republic of the Sphere and threatens the peace and prosperity that has lasted for generations. On the world of Mirach, a schism in the military has grown between those who would remain loyal to The Republic and those who would break away. Once a formidable MechWarrior, Mirach Governor Sergio Ortega believes that only diplomacy can win the day and keep his planet united. But unrest wracks the capital and Ortega's highest officials plot against him. Unsure whom to trust, Ortega enlists his sons to help maintain order. When older son Dale is killed and Ortega's own military is turned against him, younger son Austin must step up to protect not only his father, but also an entire world.
The Ruins of Power is the third novel based on the MechWarrior: Dark Age collectable miniatures game. The Ruins of Power is written by veteran science-fiction author Robert E. Vardeman; this is his first novel set in the BattleTech universe. Dragon Trove ID 5873