With the Lightnings

With the Lightnings

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"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 the 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."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved
Publisher: Riverdale, NY : Baen Books, 1998
ISBN: 9780671878818
0671878816
Branch Call Number: DRAKE D
Characteristics: p. ; cm

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Cinnabar, an empire like ancient Rome, set in a space faring tableaux akin to “Master and Commander”. You will discover an honorable “black sheep” scion of a noble dynasty and a brilliant Librarian who is a deadly pistolero harboring a need for vengeance against the politician who liquidated her... Read More »


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Sep 09, 2010

This started off slowly, with character intros and situation set up, but by page 80, I was interested. When page 125 rolled around—when the action really started—I was hooked.

Great story, good action, and if you know your history, you can see where the author got some of his ideas. (In fact, it made me a little queasy at times at the nastier warfare bits that are likely based in fact, but with the writer’s smoke and mirrors, it left me with a sense of relief.)

Another plus: Skill trumps gender in this book, with a sense of history attached to it. Mind you, that seems rather typical of military sci-fi, from what I’ve read to date.

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