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Daniel Leary is Cinnabar's most successful space captain; his friend, Lady Adele Mundy, is its most efficient spy - but they've got their hands full as they face:
A Cinnabar Senator furious at losing an election - and still powerful enough to make her anger deadly

The boy ruler of a star cluster who thinks he's a god - and who can sign the death warrants of even Cinnabar officials if a mad whimsy tells him to

A world of slaves and escaped slaves, where the most savage beasts in the jungle used to be human

An enemy base that could shrug off attack by powerful battlefleets - but which must fall to a single cruiser if Cinnabar is to surviveFrom palace to reeking jungle, from gunfights in grimy hangars, to the flagship's bridge during a sprawling space battle, Leary and Mundy are in the thick of it again. Watch the galaxy explode In the Stormy Red Sky.BONUS AUDIO: Includes an exclusive introduction written and read by author David Drake.
©2009 David Drake; (P)2009 Audible, Inc.
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5 out of 5 stars
By Lacy on 05-30-15


loved it reminds me of a classic novel the whole series has been entertainment by the ton

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5 out of 5 stars
By Marvin on 10-11-14

A wonderful listen!

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So far this is my favorite book in the RCN series. The book is full of Drake's characteristic blend of political intrigue and edge of your seat space battles. If like me the workings of the matrix have perplexed you, this edition to the series contains an explanation of bubble universes that will have you thinking "ah I finally get it".

While listening to this book I laughed out loud and the scene when Miranda visits Adele brought tears to my eyes (personally the most powerfully emotional scene in the series thus far). With Daniel's well deserved promotion and the disgraced Senator Fobes tagging along for the ride, fans of the series won't be disappointed.

Despite David Drake's insistence to the contrary in the forwards of the previous books, I highly recommend listening or reading them in order. It's the only way to really understand the complex way the characters have grown throughout their careers in the RCN.

P.S. If you enjoy the RCN series, I think you will also like "Fire with Fire" and "Trial by Fire" by Charles Gannon. Both have are a similar well written politically driven scifi with complexly developed characters

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