By Blood Betrayed
|By Blood Betrayed|
|Author||Blaine Lee Pardoe and Mel Odom|
|Cover artwork||Chris Moore|
|First published||01 November 1999|
|Era||Clan Invasion era|
The novel was made available on BattleCorps on 28 December 2010 as a PDF file (text only, without cover, pictures or any other interior artwork except for the usual BattleCorps frame graphics). The PDF copy includes a disclaimer stating that it was created from a pre-final edition text that might differ from the printed version and that canon-wise, the print edition trumps the PDF edition.
 From the back cover
|“|| Harley Rassor is a simple farm boy in a complex techno-universe—more than happy to work the land of planet Slewis with his father. His restless older brother left to join the elite merc corps, Able's Aces... and paid with his life. Now, Harley's father wants him to join the fight—and learn what happened to his brother.
What he learns is that the Aces are in turmoil. His instructor—tough-as-nails Lieutenant Livia Hawke—also happens to be his brother's ex-lover. Rumors of suspected payoffs and setups are commonplace. And the entire unit is in danger of being disbanded.
Then pirates launch a devastating raid on the Rim Collection's resources, sparking an all-out fight that will put the Aces in the thick of battle—and reveal to Harley that there are worse things in war than death...
A new recruit joins Able's Aces to hunt down the pirates (Morrison's Extractors) that "killed" his brother in the new periphery state of the Rim Collection. His brother, however, is not dead and at the end you find out that the brother joined the pirates in order to pilot a MadCat mech. The pirate-brother dies in the end.