Man-Kzin Wars XII

CoverHowl Down the Galaxy!

The plan: wipe out and enslave those weed-eating, monkey-spawn humans and march on toward galactic domination!  Easy, right?  Not quite.  Now the smarter Kzin see the writing on the wall and form alliances of convenience with humans.   But the battle rage on!  A strange OLD world seemingly settled by pre-Romans is about to have the honor of Kzin enslavement—unless a human and mercenary-Kzin team can stop it.  A human secret agent with wiped memories must evade a Kzin assassin until he can rediscover his mission and  save himself.  And a Kzin horde is racing toward a huge anti-matter cache in deep space as one reluctant human protector stands against this ultimate threat!

A hard-hitting, spellbinding addition to the 'Man-Kzin Wars' shared universe created by multiple New York Times best-seller, incomparable tale-spinner, and Nebula- and five-time Hugo-Award-winner, Larry Niven!

"[The Man-Kzin Wars series is] excellent . . .gripping . . .and expands well on Larry Niven's universe . . . ."

Cover Art by Stephen Hickman

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This is a work of fiction. All the characters and events portrayed in this book are fictional, and any resemblance to real people or incidents is purely coincidental.

First printing, February 2009

Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data
Man-Kzin wars XII / created by Larry Niven.
p. cm.
ISBN-13: 978-1-4165-9141-2 (hc)
ISBN-10: 1-4165-9141-9 (hc)
1. Science fiction, American. 2. Kzin (Imaginary place)—Fiction. 3. Life on other planets—Fiction. 4. Space warfare—Fiction. 5. Science fiction, Australian. 6. Science fiction, Canadian. I. Colebatch, Hal, 1945– II. Harrington, Matthew J. III. Chafe, Paul, 1965– IV. Niven, Larry. V. Title: Man-Kzin wars 12. VI. Title: Man-Kzin wars twelve.

PS648.S3M3754 2009

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ISBN-13: 978-1-4165-9141-2
ISBN-10: 1-4165-9141-9

Copyright © 2009 by Larry Niven.

"Echoes of Distant Guns" copyright © 2009 Matthew Joseph Harrington; "Foreign Legion" copyright © 2009 by Hal Colebatch & Matthew Joseph Harrington; "The Trouper and the Triangle" copyright © 2009 by Hal Colebatch; "String" copyright © 2009 by Hal Colebatch & Matthew Joseph Harrington; "Peace and Freedom" copyright © 2009 by Matthew Harrington; "Independent" copyright © 2009 by Paul Chafe.

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The Man-Kzin Wars Series
Created by Larry Niven

The Man-Kzin Wars
The Houses of the Kzinti
Man-Kzin Wars V
Man-Kzin Wars VI
Man-Kzin Wars VII
Choosing Names: Man-Kzin Wars VIII
Man-Kzin Wars IX
Man-Kzin Wars X: The Wunder War
Man-Kzin Wars XI
Man-Kzin Wars XII

The Best of All Possible Wars

Destiny's Forge by Paul Chafe

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