Target of Opportunity
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|Target of Opportunity|
|Author||Blaine Lee Pardoe|
|Cover Artwork||Ray Lundgren|
|First published||1 February 2005|
|Era||Dark Age era|
|Timeline||26 January - 23 August 3135|
|Series||MechWarrior: Dark Age Novels|
|Preceded by||The Scorpion Jar|
|Followed by||Sword of Sedition|
Target of Opportunity, by Blaine Lee Pardoe, is the fourteenth novel in the MechWarrior: Dark Age series. It was first published in February 2005 by Roc Books and was later republished in October 2021 by Catalyst Game Labs as a BattleTech Legends title.
From the back cover
|“||Despite years of effort, ComStar has been unable to repair the HPG interstellar communications grid. Now The Republic is taking a hands-on approach to fixing the problem. An active hyperpulse generator can turn its planet into a tempting target. So when ComStar appears close to reactivating the HPG on Wyatt, The Republic takes steps to counter any threats to the world—at a time when ComStar is determined to prove that it's once more a force to be reckoned with...
Knight-Errant Alexi Holt is assigned to defend Wyatt for The Republic. But her greatest challenge is to protect Tucker Harwell—a genius possessing unmatched HPG skills—from the invaders who will certainly try to capture him.
Both the Oriente Protectorate and Clan Spirit Cat have an interest in Wyatt. The first seeks to control the man who can fix an HPG, the other safe haven. Unsavory characters will also step forward. After all, though a reactivated HPG makes Wyatt a target, Tucker Harwell is the biggest prize of all.
Tucker Harwell, a ComStar genius, uses old hymns to figure out how to bring a new HPG core online and successfully brings Wyatt back onto the grid. The Com Guards reappear after Knight Holt's forces are driven from the capital and hot drop multiple assault 'Mechs to bring Harwell out of harm's way and into a secret ComStar facility where his methods can continue to work for ComStar's rebuilding of the HPG network.
- Alexi Holt
- Bran Tooley
- David Faulk
- Edward Singh
- Fox Irwin
- Ivan Casson
- Kari Harwell
- Kelson Sorenson
- Kev Rosse
- Malcolm Buhl
- Patricia Harwell
- Paula Kursk
- Reo Jones
- Rod Blakely
- Rutger Chaffee
- Tucker Harwell
- Seagrams Harwell
- Arthur Faust (mentioned)
- Devlin Stone (mentioned)
- Jacob Bannson (mentioned)
- Leopard-class DropShip Cambrai
- Zechetinu-class JumpShip Halsey
- Union-class DropShip Deathclaw
- unspecified-class JumpShip Star Eagle
- unspecified-class DropShip Sword of Focht
Infantry Weapons and Equipment
- Falcon-Is Model B electronic binoculars.
- Harvester Model 10ks shoulder-launched SRM.
- Settles Mark II slug thrower.
2021 cover. Art by Tan Ho Sim.
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