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The Sea Without a Shore (Lt. Leary Book 10) [Kindle Edition]

David Drake
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Book Description

LEARY AND MUNDY RETURN in the RCN SERIES.

#10 in the nationally best-selling Republic of Cinnabar Navy space adventure series.

Cinnabar's chief spymaster is a mother also--and her son is determined to search for treasure in the midst of a civil war. Who better to hold the boy's hand—and to take the blows directed at him—than Captain Daniel Leary, the Republic of Cinnabar Navy's troubleshooter, and his friend the cyberspy Adele Mundy?

The only thing certain in the struggle for control of the mining planet Corcyra is that the rival parties are more dangerous to their own allies than to their opponents. Daniel and Adele face kidnappers, hijackers, pirates and a death squad—even before they can get to their real business of ending the war on Corcyra. Only with planetary peace can the boy they're escorting get on with his mission.

The boy thinks the treasure he's looking for is a thousand years old. Daniel and Adele know that it's probably a dream—

But if the treasure is real, it just might be tens of thousands of years older than anyone imagines, and incalculably more valuable!

At the publisher's request, this title is sold without DRM (Digital Rights Management).

About David Drake’s previous RCN novel, What Distant Deeps:

“Drake deftly weaves a web of political machinations and intrigue that vividly depicts the costs of war. Fans of Patrick O'Brian's Maturin and Aubrey novels will enjoy this intricate, rousing space opera.” –Publishers Weekly

About David Drake’s RCN series:
"[R]ousing old-fashioned space opera.” –Publishers Weekly

“The fun is in the telling, and Mr. Drake has a strong voice. I want more!” –Philadelphia Weekly Press

“[S]pace opera is alive and well. This series is getting better as the author goes along…character development combined with first-rate action and memorable world designs.” –SFReader.com

About David Drake:
“[P]rose as cold and hard s the metal alloy of a tank…rivals Crane and Remarque…” –Chicago Sun-Times

“Drake couldn’t write a bad action scene at gunpoint.” –Booklist

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 Road of Danger, and many more.


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About the Author

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 Road of Danger, and many more.

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  • File Size: 689 KB
  • Print Length: 394 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Baen Books; 1 edition (April 15, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00JQEDABC
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars back on track April 24, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
After the last novel in the series, which I thought was not as good as the first three or four, this one is back to my high expectations. In this volume, spoiler alert, there is much more negotiation and political infighting then there is continuously blasting spaceships or forts on various worlds. The two protagonists are as usual very interesting in how they react with each other and complement each other. The various minor characters are extremely well written and thought out. It was interesting to note also that some of the minor characters especially the two servants have changed and progressed instead of remaining the same book after book. I was glad to see that the RCN series is back on track to what it originally was a grand way to spend some time reading an adventure book. So you Sissies out there get ready for a fun ride through space.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ...my favourite characters return! May 3, 2014
By eyes.2c
Format:Kindle Edition
Lt. Daniel Leary and his RCN Sissies and accompanying satellite characters--a group that worm their way into your affections and stay there!
I just think Adele Mundy is a thoroughly interesting person, introvert and socially inept, or maybe ignorant, though she is. Given her history how can we expect anything else. She has become stronger as the series has progressed and in this book she is more central than Daniel Leary.
Her continuing reflections about her life and place in her ongoing world open her up to us even more than before. I really enjoy her interaction with and views about Miranda, Daniels fiancé.
Adele's thoughts in particular about her inevitable death, something she seems to almost welcome as a penance for those deaths she's caused that haunt her are revealing. As are the various facets of her friendship with Daniel, a friendship that has become her lifeline, her touchstone back to her humanity.
Her views about Tovera her bodyguard cum servant are intriguing, delivered as they often are in a one dimensional reflective tone. Yet Adele or 'the mistress' as the spacers call her is anything but one dimensional. She is extremely focused and highly motivated especially with anything that touches on Daniel or the work that her other employer Mistress Bernis Sand, head of Cinnibar Intelligence Service, hands her.
It was fascinating to me when Adele, stepping outside her comfort zone does something that humans normally do, that is, wave a friend [Daniel] over, simultaneously telling Tovera that she, Tovera is a good role model.
'By now Tovera was better at pretending to be a normal human than her mistress was.
But then, Adele had never seen the point of the exercise.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Getting the job done May 4, 2014
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Between my Dad and me, we have collected everything David has written. My Dad passed several years ago, but our passion for Drake's writing continues. This is another well-considered effort. No mindless bloodletting ... reality governs the actions. Sorry Holly wood ... special effects won't give this tale wings. Acting and directing will be required.

The historical antecedants described in the preface (5th century BC) are the basis for Drake's tale, but there's nothing that doesn't translate into today. The existential problem that seems to overwhelm Drake is entropy (everything dies in the end,) but his characters work out of an ethic that seems to honor individual effort, despite it's ultimate futility. Which is exactly as should be.

The plot is complex. Leary and Mundy seem to be working towards a confrontation, but it is neatly resolved. There are no utopian dreams, and the level of bloodshed is minimized. Which is characteristic of Drake's works despite their focus on warfare. Presumably, hopefully(?) the waring factions will spend a couple of generations avoiding "peaceful" genocides once the external military forces have been removed.

I think a little too much is made about Tovera (Mundy's body quard,) where in the past David let actions speak for his characters. In fact, I suspect that the "sociopath" profile Drake struggles with is more a modern fiction than anything substantial. Which might be why he has trouble portraying her. It's not too hard seeing Tovera in any number of our recent cabinet officers. But they employ others to do their dirty work and probably can't shoot worth a darn.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Full Sail! May 6, 2014
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I do love David Drake and I do love this series, though it's hard to explain why sometimes. Short take for fans: this is one of the better ones. If you haven't read them, do start with the first. Drake is a veteran and a historian and his military SF involves his own experiences and certain historical situations, reframed and recast in different universes. See Redliners, a military masterpiece, if you want to know what war is really like.

Daniel Leary is a Naval officer whose father is a political bigwig; they are estranged. Daniel is privileged and handsome and lucky--all good qualities in an officer. He is also arrogant and prejudiced, a perfect caricature of British aristocracy at the height of Empire--this is why I downgrade the books that have a lot of leave time in them, because Daniel on the family estate in Bantry is a rich redneck. I read the books despite this--because I like his sidekick, sociopathic super-librarian Adele Mundy, whose entire family was massacred by Daniel's father. Adele's hobby is figuring out and mimicking human behavior--and she's inspired her sidekick, the psychopath Tovera.

In this episode, I believe Daniel works out a relatively quick solution to avert a longterm war and the involvement of opposing governmental superpowers. There's always the balance of civilians, citizens, politicians, bureaucrats, criminals, the military, spies--terrain, logistics, intel--practicalities vs. theories. There's even a bit of the spiritual in this foray. Drake is always interesting.

Why does Drake keep writing these, and why do we keep reading? It's the character development. The caricature of the British Empire and its lords is becoming a realized universe; Daniel Leary is young and he is maturing; Adele is learning to blend in.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars The 10th and for Me the Last
This is a space opera. As I understand it this means that the issues aren't really complex and the heros prevail because they have a edge. That's ok since I've read all 10. Read more
Published 25 days ago by Joseph M. Lipiec
4.0 out of 5 stars This is a good novel. For fans of David Drake's RCN/Leary books ...
This is a good novel. For fans of David Drake's RCN/Leary books it is a worthy continuation of the series. Read more
Published 27 days ago by M. Wiggins
5.0 out of 5 stars he writes great science fiction
David Drake has many talents and his knowledge of history, especially military history, provides a strong foundation to many of his books. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Donald Ribelin
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
If you like David Drakes style and characters then you should like this one as well...
Published 1 month ago by Alan Snider
4.0 out of 5 stars Another star in the RCN constellation
A great story that keeps the reader enthralled. Mundy and Leary make for great plots and plenty of action. Better than the last book!
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good continuation of a well-written series.
Published 1 month ago by Fred Henry
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good story,
Published 2 months ago by clcoop
3.0 out of 5 stars Not too bad, but don't start here
Much as I love this series and the characters, I thought this volume was pretty weak. It's not that bad. It's just not that good. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Dr. Dan
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Best RCN Stories yet!
This is one of the best stories yet in the RCN series. It is a great example of how Drake is able to take a historical incident and turn it into a real page-turner. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Randy Ford
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read
Good read
Published 3 months ago by KCB
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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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