When an engineer is exiled and his wife executed, his anger, grief and sense of injustice cause him to devote himself to a terrible cause - the complete annihilation of the city that cast him out. But he will not be able to achieve this by himself. Somehow, he needs to start a war.
NovaStalker: Both books that have no feel good quality about them at all. If you finish them and their respective series and don't hate life, love, everyone and want to kill yourself you're either incredibly well adjusted or a sociopath. That's a recommendation.