Fortunately, humans have colonized many worlds so mankind wasn't destroyed when the earth went up in a fiery "accident".
It is ten years later and Fletcher Hawkins leads a team of black ops misfits on a quest across half a dozen worlds to find who or what is responsible and bring them to justice.
Along the way, they fight aliens, mad scientists, taser spiders, space battles, land battles, barroom brawls and get their hands on some nifty technology like a stasis field generator and a nuclear machine gun.
This is Jeff Siadek's debut novel. It is the setting that the "Battlestations" universe was drawn from but it is not a "Battlestations" novel.