With the Lightnings

With the Lightnings

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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 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.

Men and women who hold courage cheap and honor more dear than life itself face impossible odds in a novel of color, intrigue and slashing action. From the corridors of a treason-ridden palace through the perils of unknown seas and hellish jungles to a final blazing climax in space, the heroes never bow and the action never flags.

They have nothing on their side but each other -- and heaven help whatever tries to stand in their way!

Publisher: Riverdale, NY : Baen Books, c1998.
ISBN: 9780671578862
0671578863
Characteristics: 323 p. ;,24 cm.

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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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