W201007 July 2010 Monthly Baen Bundle
by David Weber
by Mark L. Van Name
by Sharon Cooper and Chuck Asay
by Michael Z. Williamson
by Catherine Asaro
by Jerry Pournelle
by Mercedes Lackey and Ellen Guon
W201007 July 2010 Monthly Baen Bundle
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Mission of Honor by David Weber
Jump Gate Twist by Mark L. Van Name
Taxpayers' Tea Party by Sharon Cooper and Chuck Asay
Contact with Chaos by Michael Z. Williamson
Diamond Star by Catherine Asaro
Fires of Freedom by Jerry Pournelle
Knight of Ghosts and Shadows by Mercedes Lackey and Ellen Guon
Mission of Honor
The Star Kingdom of Manticore and the Republic of Haven have been enemies for Honor Harrington's entire life, and she has paid a price for the victories she's achieved in that conflict. And now the unstoppable juggernaut of the mighty Solarian League is on a collision course with Manticore. The millions who have already died may have been only a foretaste of the billions of casualties just over the horizon, and Honor sees it coming.
She's prepared to do anything, risk anything, to stop it, and she has a plan that may finally bring an end to the Havenite Wars and give even the Solarian League pause. But there are things not even Honor knows about. There are forces in play, hidden enemies in motion, all converging on the Star Kingdom of Manticore to crush the very life out of it, and Honor's worst nightmares fall short of the oncoming reality.
But Manticore's enemies may not have thought of everything after all. Because if everything Honor Harrington loves is going down to destruction, it won't be going alone.
Jump Gate Twist
Jon Moore: A nanotech-enhanced warrior who wants nothing more than a quiet life and a way back to his strange home world.
Lobo: An AI-enhanced Predator-Class Assault Vehicle, a mobile fortress equipped for any environment from the seabed to interstellar space. TWO WOLVES IN A GALAXY OF LARGER PREDATORS!
For the first time in a Jon & Lobo book, "My Sister, My Self," the short story which introduced Jon Moore.
One Jump Ahead: Jon Moore wanted only to relax on the pristine planet of Macken—but Macken was the secret battleground of two megacorporations, both determined to control the local jump gate and the riches of an undeveloped world. Finding allies and enemies among terrorist groups and elite mercenaries, gun-runners and the only kind of government possible on a frontier short on rules and long on riches, Jon and Lobo fight to a climax with a corporate army that can't afford to leave any witnesses. Exotic settings, fast action, real tech, mechanically-enhanced animals—and a beautiful woman who's as deadly as a cobra!
Slanted Jack: The job looked simple enough: Jon agreed to help a con man, a friend from a part of his past he'd rather forget, protect a very special young boy. But the deal didn't stay simple, as each move Jon and Lobo made resulted in more danger and more enemies. The best con man Jon's ever known, a ruthless gang boss, a heavily armed group of religious fanatics, a beautiful woman with a mysterious agenda, and an interstellar government out to clean up a dangerous frontier world rush together toward an explosive climax—and Jon and Lobo are caught in the middle.
Plus new introductions by the author, making this a package that every Jon & Lobo fan will want to buy.
Taxpayers' Tea Party
Who Dares Defend Our Rights? We the People!
A Message from Your Alleged Betters: Hand Over the Cash!
Traitor! You know who you are, you heartless, uncaring cur! You. The one struggling to keep a roof over your head that doesn't leak, to give your kids a decent education, to stave off your family's suffering through any honorable means available and tend to your loved ones when they inevitably do become sick or need help. You're the stingy one, the unpatriotic one, who isn't slicing out and mailing in his or her proper pound of flesh to feed Uncle Sam's bottomless maw of expenditure. Big government wants you—or, more specifically, all your money and most of your liberty. After all, you do have a job and you are making a living, so you must have crushed entire stratums of society underfoot to get where you are, right? Come on, admit it—you've probably even got a savings account! Hand it over. Hand over all of it, for the good of. . .well, just hand it over.
Are you sick of the nonsense? The feel-good illogic? The morass of corruption and favoritism? The upside-down, inside-out economics that only make sense to someone who never had to balance a real budget?
Sure you are. What thinking person wouldn't be?
But what can one person do? You possess no aircraft carriers to enforce your will, and you do not want any. Putting one in your backyard wouldn't leave room for the grill. You wield no power of general taxation with which to vex your enemies and reward your cronies. You don't even have any cronies—just a few good friends. Even if you did decide to raise your one lonely voice, how could you be heard over the on-going, ever-rising uproar of the professional whiners?
Take Back Your Government!
Sharon Cooper was a housewife in the early 1990s when "Hillary-care," the first attempt at stuffing a nationalized healthcare siphon into the pocket of the middle class, was attempted. Cooper decided enough was enough, got involved, and fought on the front lines against the forces of economic idiocy. The lessons she learned in that contest led her to write The Taxpayer's Tea Party: a Manual on How to Take Back Your Government.
Boy do we ever need it now! Well, brace yourself. She's back with a revised edition with a new introduction from former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich—one who is no stranger to grassroots organizing (and who knows sound political technique when he sees it).
Also included is Cooper's original introduction by rabble-rouser-in-chief Rush Limbaugh—and his trenchant analysis of our times rings true as always. But this is not a tract designed to fire up the troops. Cooper assumes you are fired up enough, or you wouldn't be reading in the first place. This is a how-to manual on how to take back your government. Says so right there in the title.
Cooper gives advice on how to write an effective letter to your Congressman, the newspaper—even the President himself (the latter in order to get it out of your system and allow you to move on to more promising endeavors). Should you mail, fax or e-mail? Cooper lets you know when each is most effective. Are you a bit shy and not sure what "networking" means other than hooking up your computer to the internet? Cooper gives examples from her own experience on how to go about it and retain your dignity in the process.
Next, Cooper lays out the influence-peddling power structure of the current political scene in plain daylight. Who are the vulnerable politicos? What's a "Blue Dog Democrat" and how do you go up against the Grand Poobah of a gerrymandered safe district? Finally, Cooper puts you in touch with organizations of like-minded individuals who will fight the good fight by your side.
But no Taxpayer's Tea Party would be complete without a little comic relief—come on, everybody dressed in feathers for the first one! Well, the beautifully-crafted cartoons of Chuck Asay spaced throughout the book will prove to be just the ticket for laughter. Asay gets in some excellent digs at the opposition, but his on-the-money, slice-of-life scenes from the life of those of us who will have to write the checks to pay for the madness are priceless gems indeed! Talk about your taxed-to the-limit moments! Sometimes you just have to laugh to keep from crying.
All in all, The Taxpayer's Tea Party is a gritty, glorious account of how to get things done in a democracy. Did it work for Cooper? In the past decade-and-a-half, she's gone from politically-uninvolved housewife to four-term state legislature—and ignited a fire of rebellion under thousands of taxed-to-the-limit taxpayers that hasn't gone out yet.
Contact with Chaos
The Galactic Rumble Is On!
First contact with an alien species—and, surprise, the human race is far from united. The Freeholders want trade. The U.N. wants to manage. The eco-warriors want "purity" at all costs. Humans—you gotta love ‘em! Once again, a historic meeting between potential friends is about to turn into a free-fire zone! A stand-out entry in the "Freehold" saga by Michael Z. Williamson, co-author with New York Times best-seller John Ringo of "Posleen War" hit, Hero.
"Williamson's military expertise is impressive."
Del was a rock singer. He was also the renegade son of the Ruby Dynasty, which made his career choice less than respectable, and gave him more to worry about than getting gigs and not getting cheated by recording companies, club owners, or his agent. For one thing, the Ruby Dynasty ruled the Skolian Imperialate, an interstellar Empire, which had recently had a war with another empire, the Eubian Concord. For another, Del was singing on Earth, which was part of a third interstellar civilization, and one which had an uneasy relationship with the Imperialate.
Del undeniably had talent, and was rapidly rising from an unknown fringe artist to stardom. But, with his life entangled in the politics of three interstellar civilizations, whether he wanted that or not, talent might not be enough. And that factor might have much more effect than his music on the lives of trillions of people on the thousands of inhabited worlds across the galaxy.
Fires of Freedom
The struggle for independence on two colony worlds—Mars in the not-so-distant future, and a distant world circling another star in the far future, both threatened by powerful forces and faceless bureaucrats.
Birth of Fire: A teenage delinquent on a crowded, corrupt Earth, Garrett was given a choice: rot in prison on Earth, or be deported to Mars to work in the colony there. But on Mars he would find an inner strength that he had never known before, and when Mars revolted against the multinational corporations that controlled the colonist's lives, Garrett was on the front lines in the battle for planetary freedom.
King David's Spaceship: Set in the same universe as the New York Times best seller, The Mote in God's Eye. A new Empire has arisen and is annexing Earth's surviving colony worlds. Haven had fallen back to a nineteenth century level of technology, and the basic requirement for a colony world to be admitted to the Empire as a full-fledged member with the right of self-government is that the colony have space travel. Unless Haven can somehow develop a spaceship, and quickly, the planet will be ruled by Imperial agents and the inhabitants will be little more than medieval serfs.
Two complete novels in one volume by New York Times best-selling author Jerry Pournelle, telling of the eternal struggle of freedom against tyranny throughout the galaxy.
About the Author
Jerry Pournelle is a reigning master of military science fiction, widely known for his novels of John Christian Falkenberg and his legion of interstellar mercenaries. His other novels include Janissaries, Exiles to Glory, High Justice, King David's Spaceship and Starswarm. With Larry Niven, he has collaborated on a string of New York Times best-selling novels, including Lucifer's Hammer, The Mote in God's Eye, Footfall, and many more. He and his wife live in Los Angeles.
Knight of Ghosts and Shadows
Calling all gods, calling all gods . . .
The creature landed, crashing through the flaming trees. The huge clawed hands, the tentacled mouth, dripping slime, all blindly lashing about searching for the Bard.
Who was sprawled in the smoldering leaves, less than twenty feet away.
Oh God—oh God—it's trashing the Grove, trying to find me. If I run, it'll zero in on me in a few seconds, there isn't anything else I can hide behind. And if I stay here—
Eric brought the flute to his lips, and played for all he was worth.
"Banish Misfortune"—oh, God, please, if there's any resident deity around here, get me out of this!
Eric Banyon, musician, is out playing the blues on his flute one day, but he couldn't have known that the desperate sadness of his music would free a young elven noble from the magical prison he has been languishing in for centuries—nor does he believe it!
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