Fortress of Lies
|Fortress of Lies|
|Author||J. Steven York|
|Cover Artwork||Ray Lundgren|
|First published||3 February 2004|
|Era||Dark Age era|
|Series||MechWarrior: Dark Age Novels|
|Preceded by||By Temptations and By War|
|Followed by||Patriot's Stand|
Fortress of Lies, by J. Steven York, is the eighth novel in the MechWarrior: Dark Age series. It was first published in February 2004 by Roc Books and was later republished in June 2021 by Catalyst Game Labs as a BattleTech Legends title.
From the back cover
|“||After his victory on New Aragon, Duke Aaron Sandoval has the embattled Republic in his debt. But Sandoval's hidden agenda has more to do with his own power than any loyalty he ever had to The Republic of the Sphere. He'll spare no expense to achieve his ultimate goal.
When the Duke becomes the target of an assassination attempt, he realizes that his efforts to build a coalition against the invading House Liao are failing. Many planetary governors prefer capitulation to war. What he needs is a new ship and a new approach.
To launch his campaign, Sandoval sends his nephew Erik, fresh from the front lines, to Shensi. His job is to convince the governor to join his uncle's alliance instead of making peace with Liao. Although Erik is honored to be the Duke's strong right hand, he's convinced that his uncle's arrogance is getting the better of him. But what Erik doesn't yet realize is that his uncle will sacrifice anyone to achieve his dreams of glory...
The book focuses on the story of the renegade Republic of the Sphere Duke Aaron Sandoval and his nephew Erik Sandoval-Groell, who acts as Military Commander of his privately raised FedSuns loyalist militia, the Swordsworn. With semisecret agenda of delivering worlds to Federated Suns, once the Republic ultimately collapsed, the splinter faction wages war against Capellan Confederation which by 3134 has pushed into Prefectures VI and V. Two organize resistance and try to make alliances among besieged worlds trying fight off the Capellans with little help from the Republic of the Sphere.
- Duke Aaron Sandoval II
- Angie Chelsy
- Charles Pinckard
- Cletus Wyoming
- Deena Onan
- Divos Sebhat
- Elsa Harrad
- Commander Erik Sandoval-Groell
- Ginger Li
- Gus Clancy
- Hank Cutler
- Harri Golan
- Joan Cisco
- Jose Sebhat
- Justin Sortek
- Marilou Grogan
- Mary Neskowin
- Millano Rivkin
- Nina Wu
- Ozark Kinston
- Paul Yi
- Shun Tao
- Ulysses Paxton
- Buccaneer-class DropShip Mercury
- Excalibur-class DropShip Tyrannos Rex
- Fortress-class DropShip Madras
- Monarch-class DropShip Boiler Bay
- Union-class DropShips Kiwanda and Victory
2021 reprint cover. Art by Tan Ho Sim.