There's a space battle scene in The Art of the Impossible
, one of the Lost Era novels, that has stuck with me. I don't remember how long it is but I do remember it jumped back and forth between both sides. And it focuses on non-tv characters. There's only that one space battle that I remember but I like the rest of the book as well.
has a lot of action in it as well. That would probably be a good place to start.