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David Drake was attending Duke University Law School when he was drafted. He served the next two years in the Army, spending 1970 as an enlisted interrogator with the 11th armored Cavalry in Viet Nam and Cambodia. Upon return he completed his law degree at Duke and was for eight years Assistant Town Attorney for Chapel Hill, North Carolina. He has been a full-time freelance writer since 1981. His books include the genre-defining and bestselling Hammer’s Slammers series, the RCN series including What Distant Deeps, In the Stormy Red Sky, The Way to Glory, and many more. 
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Product Details

  • Series: Lt. Leary
  • Mass Market Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Baen; Reprint edition (February 26, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1451638787
  • ISBN-13: 978-1451638783
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.3 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #260,450 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Army took David Drake from Duke Law School and sent him on a motorized tour of Viet Nam and Cambodia with the 11th Cav, the Blackhorse. He learned new skills, saw interesting sights, and met exotic people who hadn't run fast enough to get away.

Dave returned to become Chapel Hill's Assistant Town Attorney and to try to put his life back together through fiction making sense of his Army experiences.

Dave describes war from where he saw it: the loader's hatch of a tank in Cambodia. His military experience, combined with his formal education in history and Latin, has made him one of the foremost writers of realistic action SF and fantasy. His bestselling Hammer's Slammers series is credited with creating the genre of modern Military SF. He often wishes he had a less interesting background.

Dave lives with his family in rural North Carolina.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Marshall Lord TOP 1000 REVIEWER on April 19, 2013
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This space opera is the most recent of, to date, nine naval SF action stories featuring Daniel Leary, an officer in the space navy of the far future "Republic of Cinnabar" and his signals officer (and super spy) Adele Mundy.

Like David Weber's "Honor Harrington" series, though with very different execution of a similar idea, this series imagines a far future technology for space travel and space warfare which imposes tactical, logistical and strategic challenges for space navy officers similar to those which the technology of fighting sail imposed on the wet navy officers of Nelson's navy. In this case, including spaceships with sails.

And as the first 12 Honor Harrington novels are rather like a far future, gender reversed re-creation of C.S. Forester's Hornblower novels, Drake has confirmed that the "Leary" series was inspired by Patrick O'Brien's Aubrey and Maturin novels such as Master and Commander.

The Republic of Cinnabar Navy (RCN) in which the hero and heroine serve is evidently based on the British Royal Navy of Nelson's era, while the state of Cinnabar which that navy protects is equally clearly based on the Roman Republic of about the first century B.C.

Cinnabar is in an almost constant state of cold or hot war with a rival star nation, the "Alliance of Free States" - this rivalry appears to borrow from those between Rome vs Carthage, Georgian Britain vs Napoleonic France, and the United States vs the USSR.

At the time "The Road of Danger" begins, Cinnabar and the Alliance are in a period of uneasy peace, which both powers wish to continue, if only because both are morally and financially exhausted after years of war.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Chuck Armstrong on August 27, 2013
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This latest installment in the RCN Series serves up our favorite characters in yet another adventure dangerous adventure into the backwaters of the Alliance, attempting to pick up a Cinnabar citizen who may or may not be fomenting rebellion on an Alliance world. Nothing is ever easy, but if it was, why would Daniel and Adele be sent in the first place? Drake continues to give us characters that we can cheer for, that we can laugh with and that we can follow to the ends of known space. Drake may be the best military Sci Fi writer (he has my vote) but he can also create characters that feel like real persons more than like marks in ink on paper. We get intrigue, politics and, of course, action out of this latest installment and it leaves me anxiously hoping he continues to write more stories involving the Sissies.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By joe aubuchon on May 17, 2013
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A quick, light read as are the others in the RCN series. As with most series, the first is the best - With the Lightnings; I guess I like meeting new characters. If you like these stories, you might try The Lord of the Isles. Lt. Leary morphs into Garric with a ride along mentor, and Adele into Ilna and Tovera into Chalcus. There is still too much repetitive introspection by the lead characters - how would a Mundy of Chatsworth behave - but, still, a good read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Furman O. Ashley on May 11, 2013
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I have not read all of his books yet but I have read a majority and if you're looking for great Military Science Fiction look no further than David Drake because he tops my list! I have not read this book yet but I have read the other eight in the LT Leary and every one of them were great in its own way. I have no worries about this one either. I highly recommend this book, series, and author.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Calvin Liu on April 4, 2013
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Action for the uninitiated and/or young, classical background for those looking for it (and familiar).
Another rocking good tale in the Leary series - O'Brian without the Pax Brittanica jingoism, with a clearer view of the darker side of human nature and set into science fiction.
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This is just about typical for an RCN novel, but Adele Mundy gives more orders than you would expect. Drake turns a novel about an episode of peace between the Alliance and Cinnabar into a real action novel. If you find Cinnabar is very like England, in the age of sail, you are probably familiar with the Hornblower novels. Drake goes to considerable effort to make it that way, and again the basis of the plot involves real events. Mundy is still mulling over the legions of victims of her little pistol, and Tovera is still carrying her submachine gun, chuckling dryly at her own alleged sense of humor.

But don't start with this one, this is chronologically near the end of the series, as you might expect, since Daniel Leary is a Captain, now. So how will he make Admiral on the Princess Cecile? Details, details.
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By skipreader on October 17, 2014
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A surprising accident! I picked up the first "Lt. Leary" novel by David Drake at a book sale on a whim. Man, was I surprised...I loved it. So, I searched and found the rest of the series (I was way behind) on Amazon.com and bought them all at once. Then when I got caught up, I've been buying each additional "Lt. Leary" book by David Drake as they are released. Great series!
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As usual, the adventures of Captain Leary and his friend Adele Mundy continue to captivate. When will we discover the true meaning of all the ancient artifact relics and hints we find scattered in each and every volume of this series? Who will these for-runners turn out to be? Did they precipitate the Great 1,000 Year Hiatus?
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