Book 2 of Touch the Stars by Carl Martin and John Dalmas
Jason Roanhorse finds his son, Gordon, to be a talented leader. Gordon is not just any rich man's son. He develops the skills to solve tough problems on an interstellar scale—skills he will need when finally he confronts Kark in a war that covers this entire region of the Milky Way galaxy. Gordon's attitude is pure "got it solved" and unreasonable. And that's a good thing. Any reasons for failure are merely worthless excuses.
Vormin Kark may have a tiny body, but his evil is measured in hundreds of light years. After enslaving numerous worlds, he turns his gaze toward Earth and finds the sinister Hamilton Club a willing ally. Kark is terrified of individual free will, but he has plans to rid the universe of this torment.
You may have met one. Seats of power attract them like flies, but they can be found at all levels. They may make you feel good one moment, but then miserable the rest of your life. Gordon Roanhorse learns how to spot these critters and to beat them at their own game—a skill vital to his future success.
742 pages (print)