"Fascinating SF story"
The Republic of Cinnebar and the Alliance are at peace
which means changing swords into plows and leaving some
folks out of work as the war provided them employment.
With his warship the Princess Cecile mothballed,
Lieutenant Daniel Leary and Signals Officer Adele Mundy
are two of those legendary heroes seeking jobs. So when
Count Kimov and his wife Valentina decide to hunt for
exotic prey in the Galactic North they buy the mothballed
Princess Cecile and hire Leary and crew to escort them
However, just because an armistice has been signed, peace
is not everywhere. Soon Leary and company are struggling
with deadly dragons and a treacherous Alliance battle
fleet ready to destroy Cinnebar and kill anyone who might
give away the deceitful plan of preemptive first strike.
However, besides a star war at a level not seen before, it
is the Oracle that frightens Leary the most.
The Republic of Cinnebar tales are some of the best space
opera novels in recent years. The latest one, THE FAR
SIDE OF THE STARS, is a delightful tale that starts by
showing what happens to old soldiers whose glory time
looks over, but quickly spins into an action-packed,
faster then the speed of light war of the worlds' tale.
Leary is a great protagonist who is a fish out of water
when peace exists throughout the galaxy, but in a hostile
life threatening environs, his true grit is that he is the
outer space John Wayne. David Drake entertains the troops
with this wild ride.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted November 16, 2003