Gah, what a cliffhanger!
What at first seemed to be some kind of alien incursion or a band of highly organized pirates now appears to be betrayal from within the ranks.
This Proudfoot character sounds as though he's the Garth of Izar of his day, and doubtless not somone Teague wants to tangle with (at least not with the odds so far against him).
Can't wait to see how this plays out.
Thanks for the kind words! I'm glad the surprise worked - I wasn't sure it would be any good for the reader. As for Proudfoot being compared to Garth of Izar, I hadn't considered that. But you're dead on about Teague not wanting to take on Proudfoot's fleet directly.
Stay tuned for the second part of the story, beginninglater this week. :-)