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The Ethos Effect

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A military science fiction adventure from, L. E. Modesitt, author of the bestselling Saga of Recluce series, set in the universe of The Parafaith War. The Ethos Effect combines hard science fiction adventure with an insightful examination of the relationship between the sacred and the secular. Set two centuries later, after the events of The Parafaith War, Commander Van C. Albert, the resourceful officer who once defeated a larger enemy ship, indirectly caused the loss of a civilian liner. Cleared by the board of inquiry, but an embarrassment to the high command, he finds himself in dead-end assignments. Seriously wounded foiling an assassination, Van awakes from a coma to find that he's been decorated, promoted and summarily retired. Looking for new employment, Van will find that a simple piloting job turns him into a point man in a conflict that will shake the worlds. Other Series by L.E. Modesitt, Jr. The Saga of Recluce The Imager Portfolio The Corean Chronicles The Spellsong Cycle The Ghost Books The Ecolitan Matter The Forever Hero Timegod's World Other Books The Green Progression Hammer of Darkness The Parafaith War Adiamante Gravity Dreams The Octagonal Raven Archform: Beauty The Ethos Effect Flash The Eternity Artifact The Elysium Commission Viewpoints Critical Haze Empress of Eternity The One-Eyed Man Solar Expressshow more

Product details

  • Paperback | 537 pages
  • 106 x 168 x 36mm | 258.55g
  • St Martin's Press
  • Tor Books
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0765347121
  • 9780765347121
  • 552,525

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"The story of Commander Van Albert of the Taran republic makes a quite entertaining sermon." "Modesitt's complex, fast-paced stand-alone offers a traditional space-adventure hero and heavy doses of philosophy laced with ethical issues. . . . thoughtful SF readers will appreciate this weighty tale of humanitarian intentions and social speculations."- "This fast-paced yet complexly plotted work of military SF portrays three-dimensional characters caught up in internal and external battles as they search for ways to combine personal integrity with their professional duties. A thoughtfully written, hard-hitting tale." "Modesitt''s complex, fast-paced stand-alone offers a traditional space-adventure hero and heavy doses of philosophy laced with ethical issues. . . . thoughtful SF readers will appreciate this weighty tale of humanitarian intentions and social speculations."- L. E. Modesitt, Jr., is at his very best in his latest, Archform: Beauty. As highly regarded L. E. Modesitt, Jr. is for his speculative fictions, Archform: Beauty is his best work to date and perhaps the science fiction tale of the year. Satirizing the art vs. science war, the author provides a powerful insight into society through his five narrators. His ability to provide distinct lucid voices for each member of the quintet makes the action packed story work. "Archform: Beauty" is quite interesting and exciting, both in its plot and in the way it combines the science fiction and thriller genres. Bravo. Modesitt has outdone himself . . . This brilliant novel is as thought provoking as it is entertaining. With echoes of both Joe Haldeman's "The Forever War "and Robert A. Heinlein's "Starship""Troopers" dense gritty, strong on technical detail. Modesitt not only entertains us with breathtaking adventure, but also gives us food for thought about the character of war and its effects on the human condition. Modesitt has created a meticulously detailed military-sf adventure that confronts the ethical reasons behind war but maintains a strong focus on the warrior-of-tomorrow's daily life. "L. E. Modesitt, Jr., is at his very best in his latest, Archform: Beauty." --Analog"As highly regarded L. E. Modesitt, Jr. is for his speculative fictions, Archform: Beauty is his best work to date and perhaps the science fiction tale of the year. Satirizing the art vs. science war, the author provides a powerful insight into society through his five narrators. His ability to provide distinct lucid voices for each member of the quintet makes the action packed story work." --Midwest Book Review on Archform: Beauty"Archform: Beauty is quite interesting and exciting, both in its plot and in the way it combines the science fiction and thriller genres. Bravo." --Science Fiction Weekly on Archform: Beauty"Modesitt has outdone himself . . . This brilliant novel is as thought provoking as it is entertaining." --Publisher Weekly [starred review] on Archform: Beauty"With echoes of both Joe Haldeman's The Forever War and Robert A. Heinlein's Starship Troopers dense gritty, strong on technical detail." --Kirkus Reviews on The Parafaith War"Modesitt not only entertains us with breathtaking adventure, but also gives us food for thought about the character of war and its effects on the human condition." --Romantic Times on The Parafaith War"Modesitt has created a meticulously detailed military-sf adventure that confronts the ethical reasons behind war but maintains a strong focus on the warrior-of-tomorrow's daily life." --Library Journal on The Parafaith War -L. E. Modesitt, Jr., is at his very best in his latest, Archform: Beauty.- --Analog-As highly regarded L. E. Modesitt, Jr. is for his speculative fictions, Archform: Beauty is his best work to date and perhaps the science fiction tale of the year. Satirizing the art vs. science war, the author provides a powerful insight into society through his five narrators. His ability to provide distinct lucid voices for each member of the quintet makes the action packed story work.- --Midwest Book Review on Archform: Beauty-Archform: Beauty is quite interesting and exciting, both in its plot and in the way it combines the science fiction and thriller genres. Bravo.- --Science Fiction Weekly on Archform: Beauty-Modesitt has outdone himself . . . This brilliant novel is as thought provoking as it is entertaining.- --Publisher Weekly [starred review] on Archform: Beauty-With echoes of both Joe Haldeman's The Forever War and Robert A. Heinlein's Starship Troopers dense gritty, strong on technical detail.- --Kirkus Reviews on The Parafaith War-Modesitt not only entertains us with breathtaking adventure, but also gives us food for thought about the character of war and its effects on the human condition.- --Romantic Times on The Parafaith War-Modesitt has created a meticulously detailed military-sf adventure that confronts the ethical reasons behind war but maintains a strong focus on the warrior-of-tomorrow's daily life.- --Library Journal on The Parafaith War L. E. Modesitt, Jr., is at his very best in his latest, Archform: Beauty. Analog As highly regarded L. E. Modesitt, Jr. is for his speculative fictions, Archform: Beauty is his best work to date and perhaps the science fiction tale of the year. Satirizing the art vs. science war, the author provides a powerful insight into society through his five narrators. His ability to provide distinct lucid voices for each member of the quintet makes the action packed story work. Midwest Book Review on Archform: Beauty Archform: Beauty is quite interesting and exciting, both in its plot and in the way it combines the science fiction and thriller genres. Bravo. Science Fiction Weekly on Archform: Beauty Modesitt has outdone himself . . . This brilliant novel is as thought provoking as it is entertaining. Publisher Weekly [starred review] on Archform: Beauty With echoes of both Joe Haldeman's The Forever War and Robert A. Heinlein's Starship Troopers dense gritty, strong on technical detail. Kirkus Reviews on The Parafaith War Modesitt not only entertains us with breathtaking adventure, but also gives us food for thought about the character of war and its effects on the human condition. Romantic Times on The Parafaith War Modesitt has created a meticulously detailed military-sf adventure that confronts the ethical reasons behind war but maintains a strong focus on the warrior-of-tomorrow's daily life. Library Journal on The Parafaith War" L. E. Modesitt, Jr., is at his very best in his latest, Archform: Beauty. "Analog" As highly regarded L. E. Modesitt, Jr. is for his speculative fictions, Archform: Beauty is his best work to date and perhaps the science fiction tale of the year. Satirizing the art vs. science war, the author provides a powerful insight into society through his five narrators. His ability to provide distinct lucid voices for each member of the quintet makes the action packed story work. "Midwest Book Review on Archform: Beauty" "Archform: Beauty" is quite interesting and exciting, both in its plot and in the way it combines the science fiction and thriller genres. Bravo. "Science Fiction Weekly on Archform: Beauty" Modesitt has outdone himself . . . This brilliant novel is as thought provoking as it is entertaining. "Publisher Weekly [starred review] on Archform: Beauty" With echoes of both Joe Haldeman's "The Forever War "and Robert A. Heinlein's "Starship" "Troopers" dense gritty, strong on technical detail. "Kirkus Reviews on The Parafaith War" Modesitt not only entertains us with breathtaking adventure, but also gives us food for thought about the character of war and its effects on the human condition. "Romantic Times on The Parafaith War" Modesitt has created a meticulously detailed military-sf adventure that confronts the ethical reasons behind war but maintains a strong focus on the warrior-of-tomorrow's daily life. "Library Journal on The Parafaith War"" "L. E. Modesitt, Jr., is at his very best in his latest, Archform: Beauty."--"Analog""As highly regarded L. E. Modesitt, Jr. is for his speculative fictions, Archform: Beauty is his best work to date and perhaps the science fiction tale of the year. Satirizing the art vs. science war, the author provides a powerful insight into society through his five narrators. His ability to provide distinct lucid voices for each member of the quintet makes the action packed story work."-"-Midwest Book Review "on "Archform: Beauty"""Archform: Beauty" is quite interesting and exciting, both in its plot and in the way it combines the science fiction and thriller genres. Bravo."--"Science Fiction Weekly ""Modesitt has outdone himself . . . This brilliant novel is as thought provoking as it is entertaining." --"Publisher Weekl"y [starred review] on "Archform: Beauty""With echoes of both Joe Haldeman's "The Forever War "and Robert A. Heinlein's "Starship""Troopers" dense gritty, strong on technical detail."--"Kirkus Reviews "on "The Parafaith War""Modesitt not only entertains us with breathtaking adventure, but also gives us food for thought about the character of war and its effects on the human condition."--"Romantic Times "on "The Parafaith War""Modesitt has created a meticulously detailed military-sf adventure that confronts the ethical reasons behind war but maintains a strong focus on the warrior-of-tomorrow's daily life."--"Library Journal "on "The Parafaith War"show more

About L. E. Modesitt

L. E. Modesitt, Jr., is the bestselling author of the fantasy series The Saga of Recluce, Corean Chronicles, and the Imager Portfolio. His science fiction includes Adiamante, the Ecolitan novels, the Forever Hero Trilogy, and Archform: Beauty. Besides a writer, Modesitt has been a U.S. Navy pilot, a director of research for a political campaign, legislative assistant and staff director for a U.S. Congressman, Director of Legislation and Congressional Relations for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, a consultant on environmental, regulatory, and communications issues, and a college lecturer. He lives in Cedar City, Utah.show more

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