From the back:
F M Busby's multivolume epic of the Hulzein dynasty is one of the most compelling space adventures in modern science fiction.
The saga begins with these two novels, brought together for the first time in this action-packed omnibus. Here is the world of deception and tyranny, one man who decides to break all the rules: Bran regare - rebel, revolutionary and sworn enemy of the deadly United Energy and Transport (UET)
is the gripping tale of the training of Tregare. At the age of thirteen he is stripped of his home, his name, and his family and sent to the brutal space academy known as the Slaughterhouse.
But in the face of sadistic discipline, he learns the skills that will lead him on his one-man war against Earth's imperial masters.
Tregare the pirate, obsessed with UET's destruction, sacrifices everything to reach his goal - including his own humanity.
Until he meets Rissa Kerguelen, a woman as strand and dedicated as he, who joins him in the fight for humanity's future.