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IT'S JUST A REBELLION IN A DISTANT STAR CLUSTER.
Captain Daniel Leary thinks that his marriage will allow him to slip into the quiet role of a naval officer in peacetime. His friend, the spy and cybrarian Adele Mundy, is content to be collating data in her library. But high officials of both superpowers are involved Those who want Daniel and Adele to become involved in the Tarbell Stars claim that only they can prevent a war between the Republic of Cinnabar and its great rival, the Alliance of Free Stars. The conflict is political, but at the sharp end it means blazing warfare and cold-blooded murder. Daniel and Adele will be at the sharp end.
The odds in ships and guns are badly in the enemy's favor. Daniel, Adele, and the crew of the Princess Cecile will do everything humanly possible, but that may not be enough against an enemy battleship. And even if Daniel and his companions succeed in battle, they can't be sure whether their employers really wanted them to win--or whether they even want them alive. All they can do is to race forward, hoping to come through into DEATH'S BRIGHT DAY.
About David Drake's previous RCN novel, What Distant Deeps:
"Drake deftly weaves a web of political machinations and intrigue that vividly depicts the costs of war. Fans of Patrick O'Brian's Maturin and Aubrey novels will enjoy this intricate, rousing space opera." --Publishers Weekly
About David Drake's RCN series:
" R]ousing old-fashioned space opera."--Publishers Weekly
"The fun is in the telling, and Mr. Drake has a strong voice. I want more "--Philadelphia Weekly Press
" S]pace opera is alive and well. This series is getting better as the author goes along...character development combined with first-rate action and memorable world designs."--SFReader.com
About David Drake:
" P]rose as cold and hard as the metal alloy of a tank...rivals Crane and Remarque..."--Chicago Sun-Times
"Drake couldn't write a bad action scene at gunpoint."--Booklist
With the Lightnings
Lt. Leary, Commanding
The Far Side of the Stars
The Way to Glory
Some Golden Harbor
When the Tide Rises
In the Stormy Red Sky
What Distant Deeps
The Road of Danger
The Sea Without a Shore
Death's Bright Day
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2016-07-04
- Reviewer: Staff
There is something for all aficionados of military science fiction, regardless of what sort of military action they favor, in Drake's 11th RCN novel (after The Sea Without a Shore). Daniel Leary, captain of the spaceship Princess Cecile, is enjoying his wedding celebration at the home of his friend Lady Adele Mundy when he's summoned by Admiral Anston to a private conversation. There, Defense Minister Forbes offers Daniel and his crew the chance for some action by taking the side favored by the Republic in a civil war in the Tarbell Stars. Given the recent cessation of hostilities with the Alliance and the resultant treaty, Daniel and his crew must act without the obvious support of the Republic. The "Sissies" have operated far from home before, but Daniel and Adele will need all of the skill, bravery, and cunning that they can muster in order to prevail. Drake includes the expected space naval action, and there is also well written small force combat. Adele's computer wizardry and intelligence gathering prove crucial to the success of the mission as well. This will appeal to Drake's legion of fans as well as those of David Weber and Lois McMaster Bujold. (June)