With the Lightnings

With the Lightnings

Paperback - 1999
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Theirs is a friendship forged in hell . . . DANIEL LEARY is a lieutenant in the republic of Cinnabar Navy with no money and no prospects since he quarrelled with his ruthless, politically influential father. ADELE MUNDY is a scholar with no money and prospects since her family was massacred for conspiring against the Cinnabar government. KOSTROMA is a wealthy planet which depends on diplomacy to stay independent in a galaxy whose two great powers, Cinnabar and 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. They have nothing on their side but each other - and heaven help whatever tries to stand in their way!
Publisher: Riverdale, NY : Baen Books, 1999, c1998.
ISBN: 9780671578183
0671578189
Branch Call Number: SF
Characteristics: 400 p. ; 18 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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