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With the Lightnings (Lt. Leary Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

David Drake
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Book Description

A Friendship Forged in Hell!

Daniel Leary is a lieutenant in the Republic of Cinnabar Navy with no money and no prospects since he quarreled with his ruthless, politically powerful father.

Adele Mundy is a scholar with no money and no prospects since her family was massacred for conspiring against the Government of Cinnabar.

Kostroma is a wealthy planet which depends on diplomacy to stay independent in a galaxy whose two great powers, Cinnabar and the Alliance, battle for supremacy.

In a few hours, diplomacy is going to fail Kostroma. Daniel, Adele, and the scratch crew they gather aren't much to stand in the way of a powerful invasion fleet, but just possibly they're enough.

Men and women who hold courage cheap and honor more dear than life itself face impossible odds in a novel of color, intrigue and slashing action. From the corridors of a treason-ridden palace through the perils of unknown seas and hellish jungles to a final blazlng climax in space, the heroes never bow and the action never flags.

They have nothing on their side but each other—and heaven help whatever tries to stand in their way!

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From Publishers Weekly

Veteran military SF author Drake (the Hammer's Slammers series) launches an unlikely pair of star warriors at the far-future and evil Alliance of Free Stars, which is locked in mortal combat with the Republic of Cinnabar over the wealthy trading world of Kostroma. Cheeky young Cinnabaran Lt. Cassian Daniels has quarreled with his powerful and merciless father, who has tossed him out and left him to his own slim devices. Spunky young librarian Adele Mundy is the sole survivor of her Cinnabar clan, which was wiped out in a conspiracy led by the elder Daniels. After some colorful initial posturing, Cassian and Adele pool their familial pride and anti-totalitarian views in Cassian's impromptu first command, a scratch crew trapped ashore in an Alliance coup. Together they outwit (Cassian's doing) and outshoot (Adele's forte) the bad guys. Updating dashing Horatio Hornblower tactics and vintage John Wayne heroics with crisply delineated space-age equipment, a convincing extraterrestrial setting and formidably battle-hardened female NCOs, Drake gives a familiar plot a full measure of appealing derring-do. This surely shouldn't, and probably won't, be Cassian and Adele's last adventure together.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Library Journal

An attempted coup on the neutral world of Kostroma forces an unlikely alliance between Lieutenant Cassian Daniels of the Royal Cinnabar Navy and librarian Adele Mundy, the sole survivor of a family proscribed for treason. Drake's (Lord of the Isles, LJ 9/15/97) latest novel once again demonstrates the author's talent for arcane politics and vivid battle scenes. Featuring a pair of clever and resourceful protagonists, this action-packed space opera is suitable for most sf collections.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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  • Publisher: Baen Books; 1 edition (July 1, 2000)
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  • Language: English
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Killer Librarian Meets Captain Aubrey March 10, 2000
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Bibliophile friends recommended this book to me on two counts: they said that it contains one of the deadliest hiney-kicking librarians in all of fiction, and that the partnership between the two leads is reminiscent of the late (sigh) Patrick O'Brian's team of Aubrey and Maturin. Both recommendations are definitely true. The book kept me turning pages and very absorbed in the plot. I especially appreciated that Drake didn't drag in a romance just because his two main characters were male and female. I can imagine something like that happening a few books down the line, but as fast as the plot moved in this first outing it would have been very implausible.
My only complaint was that Drake seemed to work TOO hard at making his futuristic space navies similar to Hornblower or Maturin's British Navy -- complete with masts, barefoot sailors, and prize money. David Weber's "Honor Harrington" series has a little bit lighter touch with this kind of thing. Still, looking forward to the sequel due out in August.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A stimulating, unusual story September 9, 2001
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Let's get the plot out of the way first; it's fairly straightforward. Lt. Daniel Leary, of the interstellar Republic of Cinnabar, is a junior officer aboard the communications vessel RCS Aglaia, sent to the planet Kostroma for diplomatic purposes. Adele Mundy, whose family was massacred on orders of Leary's politically important father, is the new Electoral Librarian of Kostroma, trying to get a government library off the ground with virtually no help from the ostensible government. The Alliance, Cinnabar's deadly enemy, takes over Kostroma in a single night of violence, and the eager Daniel and dispassionate Adele are Cinnabar's only hope. The result is a space opera that takes place mostly on the ground. With more politicking and character development and less action than Drake's usual work, With the Lightnings is surprisingly thoughtful for military science fiction. The physical conflicts are resolved not so much through violence than through outside-the-box thinking and skilful research, to the point that this book promotes a surprisingly positive view of information science. This is remarkably refreshing storytelling.
Admittedly, With the Lightnings is Aubrey/Maturin in space, in the same sense that Honor Harrington is Horatio Hornblower in space. If you don't like Napoleonic sea stories, they're both hard to get into - but there is a caveat. Despite the similarities to their literary counterparts, Daniel Leary of Bantry and Adele Mundy of Chatsworth are unique, engaging characters with offbeat personalities. Lieutenant Leary, for example, the rough `n' tough naval officer, is an enthusiastic naturalist, and the Kostroman wildlife that Drake provides for his likable curiosity is exciting in itself, with shades of Drake's survival novel "The Jungle.
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20 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best work David Drake has done alone, so far July 7, 1999
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David Drake wrote a novel with Janet Morris, "Arc Riders," which is one of the finest novels about time travel in Science Fiction. He has always written good stories with good technology, but I have found it hard to identify with his main characters. And though not in the same league as S.M. Stirling, I have found his graphic descriptions of mayhem unsettling. This novel is as enjoyable as a David Weber novel, with leading characters you can identify with and like. It is not really a future war novel, more of an adventure novel with war in it. "Starliner" and "The Forlorn Hope" were good novels in this genre, but this is the best work David Drake has done alone, so far. It would make an excellent beginning for a series.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Mediocre adventure story February 23, 2005
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You can read about the storyline in the other reviews so I won't repeat it here. I found this a mediocre adventure story that disappointed slightly in three ways: the characters had no depth, there was too much gore for my taste, and there wasn't very much science fiction in it. Except for a space battle in the last 20 pages, the book could have transpired on present-day Earth. Science fiction should either be good literature or have interesting science in it, I'm fine with either, but this book has neither. If you want adventure stories about plucky junior officers, I recommend the Hornblower novels instead.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Drake's best to date! October 29, 1998
By A Customer
This is, in my opinion, Drake's best to date. I even likedit better than "Forlorn Hope" - which was my previous favorite. I'd give it a ten on a scale of one to ten.
I think most of you who like Drake will love this one. For those of you who aren't fans of Drake, I will say that this novel doesn't have the "dark" emotional overlay that some of his works have, in particular many of the "Hammer's Slammers" series. It is a rousing adventure with well drawn and likeable characacters.
The main characters are a naval lieutenant and an unusual librarian. One of my favorite quotes:
{Lamsoe is a Navy rating that has just been assigned to a mission with our librarian}
Lamsoe murmured, "Proud to be chosen, Mistress. There's always something happening where you are."
"It's an occupational hazard for librarians," Adele said.
I'm just hoping this will become a series!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent well-written fun to read book
Not much to complain about. If you like scifi, this should be an enjoyable book to read. I will definitely pick up the next one in the series.
Published 10 days ago by Jacob Whitehead
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
A good read with very few quirks and plenty of action. A normal Drake book.
Published 1 month ago by Keith Heater
5.0 out of 5 stars Finniky
It's hard to find anything to criticise in Drakes work. Anywhere you look you'll likely find he's covered it.
You've got to like a finniky craftsman.
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
I have read this book several times. It is one of th rare books that continue to hold ones interest.
Published 1 month ago by tired sgt
5.0 out of 5 stars The age of sail in space.
An excellent homage to the Aubrey/Maturin series. Interesting characters with personalities that would fit in the 19th Century fitting well in a science fiction setting. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Kevin Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars Drake is just a great author
As I go through the list just an amazing author. Enjoy every book character development is great and cannot recommend it enough.
Published 1 month ago by Jason
5.0 out of 5 stars TO THE SKY
I thought the book was well conceived . i liked the spin on space travel.. The characters were engageing and thoughtfull.
Published 2 months ago by John Rugel
5.0 out of 5 stars great pop sci fi
Easy read with characters that aren't completely 2d. Good linear plot that keeps the pages turning as well as having an interesting mechanical universe.
Published 2 months ago by Alex
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read
David Drake is definately a good writer, stories move along nicely although this one was slower than the others of his I have read with more attention to building up the tale... Read more
Published 2 months ago by anthony
5.0 out of 5 stars First of a series! RCM & Lt Leary
Great story line, a young impeteous somewhat privileged young man makes a name for himself with help from a young aspiring librarian turned spy. Read more
Published 2 months ago by tbkimbrel
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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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