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Power Play (Petaybee Trilogy) by [Mccaffrey, Anne, Elizabeth Ann Scarborough]
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Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

This final volume of the trilogy that began with Powers That Be opens with the marriage of Yanaba Maddock, administrator of the sentient planet Petaybee, to geneticist and selkie Sean Shongili. The pregnant Yana soon has to travel off-world to defend Petaybee's interests before a skeptical galaxy, leaving the planet open to devious exploitation by such predators as old enemy Torkel Fiske. The narrative shifts focus between the primitive but honest planet and the glittering space city of Gal Three as travails mount at both locations. Yana and two young friends are kidnapped by pirate Onidi Louchard; pilgrims and treasure seekers flood Petaybe. Throughout, the story oozes with the same sentimentality and one-dimensional characterization that afflicted the previous volumes. McCaffrey and Scarborough are capable of better, jointly as well as individually.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Booklist

The third novel in McCaffrey and Scarborough's series about life on the sentient planet Petaybee follows The Powers That Be (1993) and Power Lines with what may be the riveting saga's most exciting episode yet. Petaybee plays an even bigger role in events this time, for it develops not only a direct means of communicating with humans, but also a sense of humor as it continues to mature (a planet awake barely 200 years is still a baby). This volume begins with the marriage of Yanaba Maddock and the selkie (man-seal) Sean Shongili and concludes with the births of their selkie twins, but the conflict between those who would protect the planet and those who would exploit it continues to be at the heart of the plot. The writing and characterization as well as the infusions of Celtic and Inuit lore remain of high quality. There are also resolutions here that wrap up the series, but readers sad to see it end will note that Yanaba wonders at the conclusion what Petaybee had in mind for her children, thereby making an opening, perhaps, for more to come. Sally Estes

Product Details

  • File Size: 935 KB
  • Print Length: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Del Rey (February 19, 2002)
  • Publication Date: February 19, 2002
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000FBFM8E
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #96,319 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I have every book ever written by this adorable little old grandma with the huge imagination. There is no one better in the sci-fi community at making her characters come to life! She's just so cute! Look at her picture, and I dare you not to read all of her books and praise her as the sci-fi fantasy mastermind she is!!!
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This is where I gave up on Anne McCaffrey's writing. The books full of adventure that I loved as a kid have slowly morphed into sentimental soap operas that revolve around pregnancy, adorable babies, pretty marriages, children, the building of little towns, adorable grandchildren, cute fuzzy animals, more pregnancy... I just can't take it anymore. Nothing of consequence happens in this book, beyond successful colonization and breeding.

And what kind of a name for a planet is "Petaybee", anyway?
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Anything by Anne McCaffrey is fantastic! The Powerplay books are a very different take from the Pern books, and yet still have the depth of character development and great story lines you expect from the Queen of Science Fiction.
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Anne McCaffrey was one of this generations finest sci-fi writers. Her stories were vivid, gripping, and took you far away to worlds totally different from our own, yet still contained issues close to the hearts of her earthling readers.
In Power Play, she brings us back to the world of Petaybee, the sentient planet that continues to protect her inhabitants, while still growing herself. I won't give a synopsis here, because those are easily found on any review page. Instead, I will just say that this was one of my favorite McCaffrey books I've read to date...and I've read several of her series through to completion at this point!
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In this book Anne McCaffrey has once again proven
that she is a master.
Petabee once a slumbering ice ball,awoken by a
terraforming process , performed miraculous healings and
made it known that it was sentient is once more in danger
when on their way to testify on Gal-3 Yanaba, Bunny, Diego,
and Marmion d'Revers are kidnapped by space pirate Onidi Luchard
the ransom Petabee.
Planet side sean is trying to handle the immigrants
, hunters, and Drug companyies that were landed by the
mysterious PTS transport system.
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While this series began with a story about adults, it has become a series about children.
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Keeping track of the secondary characters can be tricky at times.

The big "stunning reveal" is leaked way too early in the book. Though it is nice how the characters find out what the reader already knows.

I would love to know what happens to Torkel Fisk and Matthew Luzon. Oh well...
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Again the attitude of the space force toward the planet natives is show cased. Also the planet itself must curb the desires of big business and political advancement by individuals.
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