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When reluctant interstellar diplomat and intelligence operative Caine Riordan returns from humanity’s first encounter with alien races, sudden war clouds burst. With Earth’s fleet shattered by a sneak attack and its survivors fighting for their lives, Caine must rely upon both his first contact and weaponry skills to contend with the non-humanoid enemy. And when the technologically-superior attackers sweep aside the solar system’s last defenses, and traitorous corporations invite the invaders to land ‘security forces,’ humanity fights back with its best weapons: cunning, inventiveness, and guts.
But as Earth hurtles towards a final trial by fire that is certain to scar its collective memory, Caine discovers that there may also be large and disturbing gaps in that memory. Clues point to a much earlier inter-species apocalypse, buried in humanity’s own prehistory. Which raises a terrifying possibility: what if the aliens' invasion of Earth is not one of conquest, but preemption? And what if their harrowing memories of a long-past cataclysmic war makes them willing to do anything to keep it from reigniting?
Even if that means exterminating the human race.
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About Compton Crook award winner for best first novel, Fire with Fire:
“Chuck Gannon is one of those marvelous finds—someone as comfortable with characters as he is with technology, and equally adept at providing those characters with problems to solve. Imaginative, fun, and not afraid to step on the occasional toe or gore the occasional sacred cow, his stories do not disappoint.”—David Weber
"If we meet strong aliens out there, will we suffer the fate of the Aztecs and Incas, or find the agility to survive? Gannon fizzes with ideas about the dangerous politics of first contact.”—David Brin
"The plot is intriguing and then some. Well-developed and self-consistent; intelligent readers are going to like it."—Jerry Pournelle
"[T]he intersecting plot threads, action and well-conceived science kept those pages turning."—SF Crowsnest
About Starfire series hit, Extremis, coauthored by Charles E. Gannon:
“Vivid. . . Battle sequences mingle with thought-provoking exegesis . . .”–Publishers Weekly
"It’s a grand, fun series of battles and campaigns, worthy of anything Dale Brown or Larry Bond ever wrote." –Analog
About Charles E. Gannon:
"[A] strong [writer of] . . . military SF. . .[much] action going on in his work, with a lot of physics behind it. There is a real sense of the urgency of war and the sacrifices it demands." –Locus
Charles E. Gannon is a breakthrough rising star in science fiction with a multiple short story and novella publications in Baen anthologies, Man-Kzin Wars XIII, Analog, and elsewhere. Gannon's debut novel for Baen was Fire with Fire. Gannon is coauthor with Steve White of Extremis, the latest entry in the legendary Starfire series created by David Weber. Other novels include 1635: The Papal Stakes cowritten with alternate history master, Eric Flint. A multiple Fulbright scholar, Gannon is Distinguished Professor of American Literature at St. Bonaventure University.
About the Author
Charles E. Gannon is a breakthrough rising star in science fiction with a multiple short story and novella publications in Baen anthologies, Man-Kzin Wars XIII, Analog, and elsewhere. Gannon is coauthor with Steve White of Extremis, the latest entry in the legendary Starfire series created by David Weber. His most recent novel is 1635: The Papal Stakes cowritten with alternate history master, Eric Flint. A multiple Fulbright scholar, Gannon is Distinguished Professor of American Literature at St. Bonaventure University.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
- ASIN : B00LUXNAYO
- Publisher : Baen Books; 1st edition (July 15, 2014)
- Publication date : July 15, 2014
- Language : English
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- Print length : 567 pages
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This is the second in the series and is my favorite thus far. The first book had a great deal of action on top of the usual character set-up that is required for a new series, this one just picks up the proverbial ball and runs with the foundations from the first in the series. There is a little bit of something for everyone in this one with evil corporate types working with an invading alien force, the uprising of the general population with the help of well trained military personnel, a love triangle/quadrangle going on as a background issue of possible conflict, and alien cultures playing at some serious political games that are not very clear.
The action is well written and well thought out. You want heavy weapons? You got them. You want pitched battles with the sacrifice of life for a greater cause? You got them. You want heroic figures doing everything they can to save others? You got them. From the basis of someone looking for some solid military science fiction, this book has the elements to satisfy.
The alien cultures kind of run the gamut of what we would expect. You have a race that is your basic militant type who believes that might makes right and honor before all else. You will see a race that is mysterious and you will find it difficult to see just how powerful they might be after the wars that have been fought among the stars outside of what is in the books. You will also find a race that tends towards the artistic equating all things to sound and harmonies. Then you will have the race that seemingly started all that happens for their own nefarious purposes. The alien cultures are explained and illustrated well not through some sort of "info dump" but through the interactions of the characters in the story. For at least two of the alien races you will get a firm grasp of just what part they play in things and the how and why they are doing things, it is the other two races that are still left largely in mystery. One does get a reveal at the end that starts to explain things but there is still a large mystery left to be uncovered that is hinted at multiple times in this story.
Through all of this we have the main character of Caine Riordan. While he has some abilities others do not, he is definitely not a "superman" character. I consider him to be more along the lines of the gifted detective who just uses what he has to the best of his ability to try to sort things out. In this book he is stuck in the role of a diplomat and a soldier training others to be the insurgency. He is not a master at either of these things but does what he can to become competent quickly in whatever role he is needed. In the first book in the series, he is described as a polymath or a "jack of all trades" kind of person and this continues in this book. Caine sees himself more as a researcher and observer and that is the reason he was a reporter. Now he has been thrust in to the middle of a situation that is far above his head, he feels, and is just doing all that he can to survive and to help the rest of humanity survive as well.
This book really is solid space-opera science fiction. The writing is solid, there are not the huge dumps of information seen in many other space-opera series, it keeps you engaged and makes you want to read just one more chapter before giving in to sleep with good conflicts, cliff-hanger endings to chapters and sections, and solid military action. All this with a bit of mystery thrown in on top of things. This series is something that makes you want to read more and more and will have you digging around to find the pre-order button for the next book in the series. Isn't that what good fiction is supposed to do?
In this book, invading aliens are convinced to commit the most famous classic blunder. Yes, they get involved in a land war in Asia, occupying the site of Earth's single orbital mass-launcher - still under construction in Indonesia by multinational conglomerate corporation, CoDevCo. As humanity fights the invasion, we get guerilla warfare. There is a discussion on the ethics of torture and weapons of mass destruction. Lots of things getting blown up. Lots of payoffs, and a few more mysteries as we go.
Lots of fun, highly recommended in either text or audio. The audible reader for this did a great job.
What almost stopped me from finishing vol.2 was the fleet admiral deciding to murder all the enemy prisoners for fear they had some secret way of causing their ships to explode. What offended me was the admiral failing to consider that some type of hidden timer was much more likely than some supernatural power like telekinesis, and putting the prisoners into escape pods, lifeboats or shuttles would avoid the affects that ordering his troops to commit atrocities would cause. But my dad went through the Battle of the Bulge and told me about the response to German SS murdering allied prisoners and I was in the service when the Mi Lai massacre happened during the Vietnam war. So I wonder if any admiral of ours could give such an order and have none of those carrying it out refuse on the grounds that it was an unlawful order.