With the Lightnings

With the Lightnings

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Theirs is a friendship forged in hell ...DANIEL LEARY is a lieutenant in the republic of Cinnabar Navy with no money and no prospects since he quarrelled with his ruthless, politically influential father. ADELE MUNDY is a scholar with no money and prospects since her family was massacred for conspiring against the Cinnabar government. KOSTROMA is a wealthy planet which depends on diplomacy to stay independent in a galaxy whose two great powers, Cinnabar and Alliance, battle for supremacy. In a few hours, diplomacy is going to fail Kostroma. Daniel, Adele, and the scratch crew they gather aren't much to stand in the way of a powerful invasion fleet; but just possibly they're enough. They have nothing on their side but each other - and heaven help whatever tries to stand in their way!show more

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  • Paperback | 416 pages
  • 106.68 x 167.64 x 25.4mm | 181.44g
  • Baen Books
  • Riverdale, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0671578189
  • 9780671578183
  • 312,823

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A FRIENDSHIP FORGED IN HELL!Daniel Leary is a lieutenant in the republic of Cinnabar Navy with no money and no prospects since he quarreled with his ruthless, politically powerful father.Adele Mundy is a scholar with no money and no prospects since her family was massacred for conspiring against the Government of Cinnabar.Kostroma is a wealthy planet which depends on diplomacy to stay independent in a galaxy whose two great powers, Cinnabar and Alliance, battle for supremacy.In a few hours, diplomacy is going to fail Kostroma. Daniel, Adele, and the scratch crew they gather aren't much to stand in the way of a powerful invasion fleet, but just possibly they're enough.They have nothing on their side but each other -- and heaven help whatever tries to stand in their way!show more

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"... vintage Drake, fast paced, heroic, and ending in a rousing climax".-- Science Fiction Chronicleshow more

Review Text

More military science fiction from one of the leading exponents (Patriots, 1996, etc.). Here, the Republic of Cinnabar is at war with the Alliance of Free Stars. Planet Kostroma trades with both but has a military agreement with Cinnabar. Opponents of Kostroma's supremo, Walter III, however, are unhappy with the agreement, so Cinnabar dispatches a high-level delegation of space Navy bigwigs, including Lt. Cassian Daniels (though estranged from his son, Cassian's father is a political heavyweight). With nothing much to do, Cassian wanders about Kostroma City and meets scholar Adele Mundy, a disgraced aristocrat hired by Walter to set up a grand library. After unwittingly insulting Adele - Cassian's father was responsible for ruining Adele's family - Cassian sends a detachment of hard-bitten sailors to help Adele out. But unknown to Cassian, ruthless Alliance superspy Markos has pressured computer whiz Adele into providing intelligence, and soon an Alliance-backed military coup overthrows Walter and executes the Cinnabar delegates - except for Cassian, who will team up with Adele and the sailors to create mayhem among the Alliance/Kostroman forces before a rescue fleet from Cinnabar eventually arrives. After a sluggish start - the schmoozing and politicking quickly grow tedious - the yam unfolds into an authentically taut and exciting tussle, courtesy of Drake's unflinching portrayal of battle's downside and his eye for telling detail. (Kirkus Reviews)show more

About David Drake

David Drake is widely regarded as America's foremost exponent of military and historical science fiction. His bestselling books include the HAMMER'S SLAMMERS series and the Belisarius novels co-authored with S.M. Stirling and with Eric Flint.show more

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