Publsiher: Ballantine, ISBN 0345313348, 169 pages. Mass Market Paperback in good condtion. Squared with a solid binding, stated First Edition December 1983. An unmarked interior with a small sticker scar on the front cover. "For centuries the Holy Human Empire had stifled change, and it paid dearly for that mistake. The "Empire" was down to one planet and shrinking rapidly. And that was bad news indeed to Colonel Saloman Karff of the Imperial Gestapo. If he stayed behind on the planet Portales, the Rebels would kill him. If he left with the Imperial Fleet, his boss would kill him. Karff feared the Rebels' anger more than General Bloyer's treachery so he left with the Fleet. Soon he was preparing an entire planet for invasion, a mission from which he was not supposed to return. "