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Daniel, Adele, and their crack crew must battle bureaucrats and traitors, the winds of a barren desert, and the strains of a voyage never before attempted. If they succeed at every stage, their reward will be the chance to fight another enemy: one which can blow them and a hundred ships like theirs to vapor!
BONUS AUDIO: Includes an exclusive introduction by author David Drake.
"The suspense on the way to the climactic battle is genuine, and the action scenes are up to the author's very high standard." ( Publishers Weekly)
"Filled with battle scenes on the ground and in the far reaches of space, this sf adventure should appeal to fans of military sf." ( Library Journal)
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By Craig on 09-10-12
Swashbuckling at Storytime.
This second book in the series was, I felt, FAR more in line with the Aubrey-Maturin (sp) source material, with a lot more starship combat AND shore-time intrigue. It would be a rousing read, I have no doubt. However, once again Victor Bevine's voice lends itself more to the calm cadences of bedtime tales than to the derring-do of Leary, Mundy, and their compatriots. He's good, and it's not enough to stop me from downloading the next book as soon as I finished this one, but I would like to have had more energy, more gusto, out of at least the tense, action-packed moments with which the novel abounds.
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