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by Steve White and Charles E. Gannon
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Once before, the sentient races in the known part of the galaxy-humans, Orions, Ophiuchi and Gorm-had united to defeat alien invaders. Decades later, the member planets of the alliance had grown complacent-until a huge fleet of ships, each ship larger than a city, arrived, fleeing the loss of their home planet when their star went nova.

They have traveled for centuries, slower than light, and now that they have arrived at the world they intend to make their new home. They regard the fact that the planet is already colonized by humans as a mere inconvenience, the more so since their mode of communication is so different from anything humans use that they do not consider humans and their allies to be truly intelligent. And the arriving aliens know-or, at least, they believe-that when they die they will be reincarnated, so they do not hesitate to attack humans and their allies with suicidal fury. And, if necessary, they will exterminate all humans and their allies, if that's what it takes to occupy the planet.

That was their attitude on arrival, but the conquerors have learned from human technology. They now know all about reactionless drives, so much more efficient than rocket engines. And they have learned about the jump points which make faster-than-light travel possible. With that knowledge, they plan to conquer the entire inhabited region of the galaxy-unless the old alliance of humans and other being can stop them...

About the Authors

Steve White completed a tour of duty in Vietnam as a Naval officer. His SF adventure trilogy for Baen comprising The Disinherited, Legacy, and Debt of Ages was highly successful, as was Prince of Sunset, and its sequel Emperor of Dawn. With David Weber, he has collaborated on Insurrection, Crusade, In Death Ground, and the New York Times best seller The Shiva Option. His most recent books for Baen were the epic fantasy Demon's Gate and the science fiction adventure novel Blood of the Heroes.

Charles E. Gannon has published stories in Analog, the leading science fiction magazine, has contributed to Baen's "War World" series, and has written for The Traveler and 2300 AD games. Dr. Gannon is a professor of American Literature at St. Bonaventure University. His academic publications include the book Rumors Of War and Infernal Machines: Techno-Military Agenda Setting in American and British SF (Liverpool Univ. Press), which was written while a Fulbright fellow in the UK.

Published: 5/1/2011
SKU: A9781439134337
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1. Gerald on 3/28/2011, said:

HUZZAH! I laughed like a hyena (at the appropriate moments) and cried like a baby (also at the appropriate moments), and went "Whoa" when Really Big Spaceships
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2. Bradley on 2/14/2011, said:

I really like the innovations in space warfare, the new ship classes, and the very full development of the "Baldies" as a race. But the battles seem rushed and the sense of drama - and especially terror when battles are lost that was so compelling in "The Bug War" is absent. Some scenes that need a powerful sense of the dramatic - call it gravitas, simply seem rushed. The wide-open ending screams for a sequel and bodes well for the continuation of this series. A good read, although with all the Arduan words it's best to read both books back to back.
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3. furry on 2/4/2011, said:

An excellent book, great space battles and such as usual, do not get it for the romance factor, there are almost none.
Oh there are some, but i did not really feel for any of them much.
But hey it is not that kind of book and story,
One complaint might be that it is sometimes hard to grasp scales, yes great big ships witch suddenly is not as big as the latest new one, and compares to enemy ships some how.
A certain number of xyz ships against a bunch of zxy ships
But a great fun read nonetheless, perhaps not the best in the series but i am not sad i got it in arc at all.
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4. Mike on 2/1/2011, said:

Very good read. I would highly recommend this to my friends if I had any who could "lower" themselves to read anything that isn't recommended by the "book snobs."
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5. detwiler on 1/29/2011, said:

This is a great read! At last a continuation of Insurrection and The Shiva Option series, is it quite as good? No, but is very,very close and equal to or succeeds Crusade,while being the next step forward from Exodus both in story and readability. It is to be hoped that the writing team stay together as I think the voice of the series is found again now that Webber no longer available. Battle scenes are what you have come to expect from the series, still needs a little more work as is not quite to the top books of series but is definitly in the middle tier.
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