I read this in the late 90's if I recall correctly. Can't remember title or author.

American astronaut is doing a survey of back side of the Moon. He is shot down and captured by the AI that controls an immense spaceship hidden inside the Moon.
In fact: the Moon is the spaceship, the outer layer (100 KM or so) of rock is just camouflage.

He becomes the new captain of the ship that was left empty after the crew was forced to leave the vessel in the aftermath of a mutiny. That mutiny was 10.000 years ago. The original crew (mutineers and loyalists) took refuge on Earth and have been fighting ever since. Both factions have hooks into Earth governments and their ongoing battles are mostly of the black-ops/espionage type.
The new captain makes contact with the loyalists and eventually defeats the mutineers.

Some other details: Cyborg tech that enhances the crew: Stronger, faster, better reflexes, better health, longer live and direct mind-machine communication-interfaces.

The ship was originally stationed in Earth-orbit as a hidden outpost of a big space-empire. There is an alien race that sends a destruction-fleet every xxx thousand years through this arm of the Milky Way to wipe out any intelligent life. The ship is on guard-duty against that threat. The ship AI is getting very nervous as he has no crew and the alien invasion is about due.

I'm pretty certain it was the first novel in a multi-part series, but I never read the others and I would like to.

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    Today is your lucky day. The whole series is available (legally and freely) in e-book format here
    – Jeff
    Jul 19, 2015 at 13:10

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Mutineers' Moon by David Weber

...until the Earthling's early space program sends up one Lieutenant Commander Colin MacIntyre to map the dark side of the heavenly body Dahak had camouflaged itself as—the Moon, as a "dress rehearsal" for a similar trip scheduled for Mars.

His mission is hijacked by Dahak and his death is faked; had MacIntyre returned with his data, Dahak’s cover would have been blown. While aboard, Dahak (the AI, not the vessel proper) explains the situation to MacIntyre, and prevails upon him to, as a descendant of the loyalists, become Dahak’s newest captain, and to quickly exterminate the mutineers—quickly, because Imperium installations are being methodically destroyed, sure signs of the beginning of the latest Achuultani incursion. MacIntyre reluctantly accepts. The first step to making him the true captain is to massively revamp his body surgically, granting him superhuman resilience, speed, and strength, in addition to the built-in electronics granting matchless control of Imperium technology.

There are two additional novels in the story line, The Armageddon Inheritance and Heirs of Empire. All three are available in one Volume named Empire from the Ashes.

  • That's it ! As soon as Ì saw the name "Dahak" I remembered it.
    – Tonny
    Jul 19, 2015 at 12:02
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    @Tonny: You can find the e-book version free (licensed for free sharing) at baencd.thefifthimperium.com/22-MissionofHonorCD/… (it's included in other CDs there, too, but that one has it for sure).
    – Jeff
    Jul 19, 2015 at 13:07
  • @Jeff Soon as I got the name Google gave me that same site :-) The Honor series is there too. Heard a lot of good about that too, so I downloaded the lot. Got a 7 hour transatlantic flight tomorrow. I know what I'll be doing on that flight.
    – Tonny
    Jul 19, 2015 at 13:26

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