December, 2018:
"Columbus Day" by Craig Alanson

Book cover, Columbus Day by Craig Alanson

Essential data

Author: Craig Alanson
Genre: Science fiction
Published: 2016
Pages: Unknown
Reading started: November 14th, 2018
Current progress: Location 8039 of 8039 (100%)
Reading ended: December 5th, 2018. "Columbus Day" was successfully finished in 21 days.
Review score: 3.5 of 5

Description

Amazon.com: We were fighting on the wrong side of a war we couldn't win. And that was the good news.

The Ruhar hit us on Columbus Day. There we were, innocently drifting along the cosmos on our little blue marble, like the Native Americans in 1492. Over the horizon came ships of a technologically advanced, aggressive culture, and BAM! There went the good old days, when humans got killed only by each other. So, Columbus Day. It fits.

When the morning sky twinkled again, this time with Kristang starships jumping in to hammer the Ruhar, we thought we were saved. The UN Expeditionary Force hitched a ride on Kristang ships to fight the Ruhar wherever our new allies thought we could be useful. So, I went from fighting with the US Army in Nigeria to fighting in space. It was lies, all of it. We shouldn't even be fighting the Ruhar; they aren't our enemy. Our allies are.

I'd better start at the beginning.