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Blending fast-paced military science fiction and space opera, the first volume in a dynamic trilogy from the New York Times best-selling author of The Praxis, set in the universe of his popular and critically acclaimed Dread Empire’s Fall series - a tale of blood, courage, adventure, and battle in which the fate of an empire rests in the hands of a cadre of desperate exiles.

It’s been seven years since the end of the Naxid War. Sidelined for their unorthodox tactics by a rigid, tradition-bound military establishment, Captain Gareth Martinez and Captain Lady Sula are stewing in exile, frustrated and impatient to exercise the effective and lethal skills they were born to use in fighting the enemy.

Yet after the ramshackle empire left by the Shaa conquerors is shaken by a series of hammer blows that threaten the foundations of the commonwealth, the result is a war no one planned, no one expected, and no one knows how to end.

Now, Martinez, Sula, and their confederate Nikki Severin must escape the clutches of their enemies, rally the disorganized elements of the fleet, and somehow restore the fragile peace - or face annihilation at the hands of a vastly superior force.

©2018 Walter Jon Williams (P)2018 HarperCollins Publishers

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  • Paul Houser
  • 14-09-2018

Lots of setup, not much punch

If you like politics and economics, you'll love it. Otherwise, just a setup for sequel.

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  • Kaz
  • 31-10-2020

Surprised their was more

I remember reading the originals back in high school. I was always disappointed their was never more till I read this. It was fantastic made me want to listen to the whole series again.

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  • B Benz
  • 19-12-2019

so much story

this story of Star crossed lovers just keeps getting better and better. I can hardly wait for the next installment to see who loves whom amd who corals.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 25-10-2019

Painfully slow

Gave up with two hours left. Ploddingly slow plot involving the confusingly byzantine machinations of a bunch of aristocratic snobs

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  • Andrew Pollack
  • 04-01-2019

Slower - interesting attempt at economics

If you've got this far in the series, you mostly know what to expect here. This one is slower, more developmental time than outcome time, and DOES NOT END IN RESOLUTION. This book leaves the story incomplete without at least one more in the series.

Most ambitious was Willams' attempt to set up the work with a plausible economic disaster. We know it's plausible because he pretty much copied the root causes of the 2008 market crash to do it. That was a complex mess to understand, and Williams was very bold to try to explain the whole thing in terms of his novel setting. It kind of works, but only if you already have a decent understand of the actual 2008 crisis and what caused it. He never actually references those events, he just mimics them.

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  • John Anderson
  • 22-10-2020

Nice story, but

As someone who's read and listened to the praxis books, this is nice but felt expecting more.
I'm assuming this is a lead up to the rest of another adventure hopefully.

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  • M. Young
  • 21-09-2018

So far so brilliant

I usually wait until I have finished the book before leaving a review, but enjoying this one so much I decided to now in case I forget later on once I am on my next book which is the norm.

I started the first book in the series when it released 15 years ago and remember initially feeling a little underwhelmed. It had the simple style of 70s Sci Fi which I loved but dwelt on the inner machinations of the aristocracy rather a lot. It read like Robert Heinlein's lost space opera from the end of his career, not in itself a bad thing. But the book just kept building and building until it was the near perfect mix of excitement and world building. Looking back I would not change a word.

Having loved the other books in the series I started this with the trepidation that the author is now a lot older. However its just perfect in every way.

This series is a hidden gem, as I don't remember it initially doing very well when released. David Drummond is a total match and if he has voiced the earlier books as well, I shall certainly be re-visiting them.

If you enjoy Space Opera, don't hesitate, but start from the first in the series of course.

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