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.
An attempted coup on the neutral world of Kostroma forces an unlikely alliance between Lieutenant Cassian Daniels of the Royal Cinnabar Navy and librarian Adele Mundy, the sole survivor of a family proscribed for treason. Drake's (Lord of the Isles, LJ 9/15/97) latest novel once again demonstrates the author's talent for arcane politics and vivid battle scenes. Featuring a pair of clever and resourceful protagonists, this action-packed space opera is suitable for most sf collections.
"... vintage Drake, fast paced, heroic, and ending in a rousing climax".
-- Science Fiction Chronicle
Veteran military SF author Drake (the Hammer's Slammers series) launches an unlikely pair of star warriors at the far-future and evil Alliance of Free Stars, which is locked in mortal combat with the Republic of Cinnabar over the wealthy trading world of Kostroma. Cheeky young Cinnabaran Lt. Cassian Daniels has quarreled with his powerful and merciless father, who has tossed him out and left him to his own slim devices. Spunky young librarian Adele Mundy is the sole survivor of her Cinnabar clan, which was wiped out in a conspiracy led by the elder Daniels. After some colorful initial posturing, Cassian and Adele pool their familial pride and anti-totalitarian views in Cassian's impromptu first command, a scratch crew trapped ashore in an Alliance coup. Together they outwit (Cassian's doing) and outshoot (Adele's forte) the bad guys. Updating dashing Horatio Hornblower tactics and vintage John Wayne heroics with crisply delineated space-age equipment, a convincing extraterrestrial setting and formidably battle-hardened female NCOs, Drake gives a familiar plot a full measure of appealing derring-do. This surely shouldn't, and probably won't, be Cassian and Adele's last adventure together. (July)