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Trouble rather the tiger in her lair than the scholar at her books.,
This review is from: In the Stormy Red Sky (Hardcover)
I'm sure many readers of this review will notice that the title is a gender-changed version of the opening line of Gordon R. Dickson's famous novel "The Tactics of Mistake." There's a reason for it.
If you've read Arthur Jordin's review here on Amazon, you've gotten the basic story summary. This is another book in what is listed as the "Lt. Leary Series" over at the publisher's website([...] The series is space opera, with lots of combat, a cause well worth fighting for, and enemies worth beating.
In the other books, Lieutenant (later Captain) Daniel Leary is the main character, and his friend, Adele Mundy is his "signals officer." She is also, not by coincidence, the best intelligence officer (spy) in the galaxy, and has contributed to more than one victory either by providing critical information or by messing up enemy communications. Or both.
This book, however, is not Daniel's book, but Adele's. She has led a difficult life, and had a lot of her humanity torn from her by the political murders of her parents and baby sister, and the harsh years that followed that tragedy. This is the story of Adele reclaiming parts of her lost humanity. Adele being Adele, and the situation being a shooting war, the price of those parts is high, both in tears and shed blood.
I can't give any details without spoiling the surprises in this marvelous story, but I will say the ending is as "beautiful and terrible as an army with banners" and well worth reading the book to get to it.
I enjoyed this book enormously, and found it well worth the time invested. Thank you, David.
Ave nautae senatusque Cinnabarum!
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Initial post: Jun 12, 2009 6:30:41 AM PDT
Tarun R. Elankath says:
Yes, these books are *really* enjoyable and especially the strong character duo of Leary and Mundy.
Adele Mundy - she may be called a 'signals officer', but she is actually the best 'space-age' hacker in the Galaxy.
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