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Cobra Alliance: Cobra War: Book I Mass Market Paperback – November 30, 2010

3.9 out of 5 stars 21 customer reviews
Book 1 of 3 in the Cobra Wars Series

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Zahn's Cobras (last seen in 1988's Cobra Bargain) deliver superb action and jolting interplanetary plots that almost compensate for conventional characters and well-worn motivations. The alien Trofts have been docile for decades, and the leaders of the Cobra Worlds are starting to wonder whether the nanotech-enhanced Cobra warriors are necessary. Mistrust and fear of the Cobras is burgeoning when a strange message summons second-generation Cobra Jin Moreau Broom and her older son, Merrick, to defend the quasi-Islamic planet Qasama against invading rogue Trofts. Naming the Cobra Worlds after Rome's hills, Zahn emphasizes the stern values of duty, honor, planetary group, and suggests that peace comes only through oft-displayed strength. The rough-and-tumble combat crackles like fingertip laser implants and plays off against Qasaman intrigue, and the psychological tensions surrounding Jin's aging and illness make this a rousing start to a new Cobra trilogy. (Dec.)
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Jin Moreau and her son, Merrick, are Cobras, supersoldiers implanted with computers and weapons. Sent on a secret mission to the planet Quasana, they immediately find that their identities are known, and the locals have developed their own corps of augmented warriors. If this weren’t enough to generate lots of well-handled, character-centered action, the alien Troft—implacable enemies in the recent past—choose this moment to invade. It takes still more action and suspense to discover that the Troft are having problems, too, and contemplating an alliance with humanity. Zahn’s universes always have a lived-in quality; the one here’s no exception, boosting expectations for the trilogy this book starts. --Roland Green --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Series: Cobra War (Book 4)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Baen; Reprint edition (November 30, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1439134049
  • ISBN-13: 978-1439134047
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 4.2 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,321,422 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By K. Sozaeva VINE VOICE on August 11, 2012
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Book Info: Genre: Military Science-fiction Reading Level: Adult

Disclosure: I received the final book in this trilogy (The Cobra War Trilogy) in exchange for an honest review from Amazon Vine; I am happy to provide an honest review of this first book in the trilogy -which I purchased for myself - as well.

Synopsis: Earth had won its war with the Troft because of the Cobras, a guerrilla force whose weapons were surgically implanted, invisible to the unsuspecting eye, yet undeniably deadly. The Moreau family were the most famous of the Cobra warriors, but their descendent, Jasmine "Jin" Moreau Broom, is worried about the current attitudes of the Cobra worlds and their leaders. Generations after the planets were settled, not everyone on the Cobra worlds thinks that the Cobras are worth their high cost, and favor cutting their funding.

Then a new factor is thrown into the mix. Jin receives a message, sender unknown, delivered by a Troft messenger:
To the Demon Warrior Jasmine Jin Moreau:
Urgent you return at once to Qasama. Crisis situation requires your personal attention.

Years ago, a Cobra team, including Jin, had gone to Qasama at the urging of the Troft to counter a threat to other planets, both human and Troft. Jin and her family cannot think of a reason why any Qasaman would want Jin or any other Cobra to return to their planet. Moreover, the Cobra worlds have prohibited any of their citizens from traveling to Qasama, and backed up the prohibition with stiff prison sentences.

But the possibility of danger to the Cobra worlds is too important for Jin to ignore the message. She and her son Merrick, also a Cobra, book passage on a Troft ship to Qasama.
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Jasmine Moreau Broom was 50 and showing the signs of early old age common to Cobras. Now an unsigned note urging her to return to Qasama. Only problem it has been 32 years since Jin was on Qasama. She barely made it off alive, and the Cobra world government had forbidden any future contact with Qasama. As soon as Jin arrives on Qasama it is invaded. Most of the characters are thin but still a good beginning to a new series. We meet more members of the Bloom Moreau family. They will each have their parts to play before the series is over. Under Amazon's descriptions I would probably rate this book 4 stars but I consider this an average book and try to reserve 4 and 5 starts for books that I think are better than average.
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Thirty years ago Timothy Zahn wrote a trilogy about his high tech warriors, the Cobras.The Cobra Trilogy (Baen Books Megabooks)Now, he has returned to that universe in this exciting opening to the new trilogy Cobra Wars. Zahn is now writing about the third and fourth generations of the warriors implanted with combat computers and advanced weaponry, but they face the same problems their ancestors did, opposition from politicians, and early death caused by the weapons that make them such powerful warriors. Jin Broom the third generation Cobra from her family is sent a strange note asking her to go to help an enemy world of humans. She and her son Merrick arrive hours before that world is attacked by aliens. They quickly discover that this attack is only the beginning. If you like Timothy Zahn, you'll love this story.
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Continuation of the Cobra series and I have now read all of the books available. Am eagerly waiting for the next book Timothy Zahn puts out in the Cobra Rebellion series. These books are an easy read and are enjoyable even though they are not as 'adult' as Timothy Zahn's Thrawn series in the Star Wars books.
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These books are addictive. Timothy Zahn has done it again, gotten me sucked into his elaborate and exciting series about the cobra family. They become someone you are interested in and want them to prevail as they are consistently the underdogs in nearly every situation. Heres looking forward to the continuation in the Rebellion series.
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Timothy Zahn is one of the top science fiction writers, best known for writing the Star Wars stories. This particular book is the 1st book in a three book "Cobra War" series about the cobra warriors. Zahn has written about 15 books about the cobra warriors and their wars against alien races. The cobra warriors have a large one-on-one advantage in that they have built in lasers, metal bones, improved eyesight and servos to increase strength. They also have a small internal computer which allows them to use automated responses to do physical feats such as flips, auto targeting, etc. Obviously, they are cyborgs and quite a bit more powerful than the common Earth soldier.
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I've read most of Mr. Zahn's books (not the Dragon series) and haven't been disappointed yet. This is another good book in his Cobra Series, and makes me look forward to the second book of this trilogy. (Now if he could only write another trilogy of the Blackcollar series). Comfortable characters and storyline with Mr. Zahn's usual plot twists that keeps one guessing and turning pages. For someone familiar with the Cobra books, there are a couple of goofs in the cover art. The Cobra firing at the Troft has his finger-laser in his index finger, when in the books the finger-lasers are located in the little-fingers of each hand. At least the artist located the anti-armor laser in the correct leg. And the Troft is portrayed as having human-like knee joints, when the Trofts actually have reversed-knee joints (like birds) in the books. Yes, I'm being fussy but the artist could have paid a little more attention to the books so his/her artwork wouldn't have so obvious flaws. But overall, another good book by Mr. Zahn.
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