I'm trying to track down a military science fiction novel where Earth is in a losing war with an alien race.

I distinctly remember the human faction using starfighters called 'Loki,' which could jam everything around them. The protagonist also flees in the end on one ship after humans lose a major battle.

It was probably published in the early 2000s, but I'm not sure.

  • Hi, welcome to the site. In roughly which year did you read this? Also, do you recall anything about the cover? Commented May 23, 2023 at 22:54

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Ragnarok by Patrick A. Vanner.


Humanity is locked in a war of survival with the Xan-Sskarn, an alien race that refuses to acknowledge the rights of "weaker" creatures to live. It is a war that will not end with a peace treaty, but only the complete subjugation of one species to the other. And right now, the alien side is winning.

The protagonist is Alex McLaughlin.

There's a description of the Loki fighters when Alan Lewis asks Tracy Clark about them:

"Have you ever heard of Lokis?"

"Yeah, we touched on them briefly at Intel school. Didn't go into too much depth, though. They're some kind of EW ship, right?"

"Sort of, though they are more than a space-based Electronic Warfare platform. Anyway, Loki pilots are always referred to as Dead Jokers."

Tracy watched Alan digest this information, waiting for the inevitable follow-up questions.

You can read the first chapter on the Baen web site (though that doesn't mention the Loki fighters).

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    Thank you so much. Yes, that is the book I was looking for. Commented May 24, 2023 at 23:04

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