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Rules of Conflict Mass Market Paperback – September 5, 2000
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"A fine new voice in the field of science fiction." -- -- Catherine Asaro, author of The Veiled Web
"A well-portrayed far-future society and a strong protagonist. . .Smith milks paranoid possibilities like an old pro." -- -- Asimov's
"The characters come alive in an intriguing setting...Smith is a major new talent in the field." -- Talebones, Fall 2000
From the Author
I'm very happy to announce that RULES OF CONFLICT earned an Honourable Mention in The SF Site's listing of "Best SF and Fantasy Books of 2000."
Top customer reviews
A fantastic world building exercise where, unlike so many other SF books, the author does not spend most of the book trying to explain the tech
I liked the original series and am sorry to report that other than the Jani Kilian books, she apparently did not write any others, at least not under this name
The story is intense, the characters draw you in, and you are kept on the edge of your seat. I am a retired navy, and military SF is a big hit with me, and these books do not disappoint!
Wraps up some plot lines from book one in this series but open issues remain to resolve in future novels. Less action-oriented than book one. I enjoyed them equally!
At the end of the first book Jani, the cat-eyed "augmented" hybridized (against her will) military document examiner who once apparently killed her commanding officer during a civil war among the alien Idomeni (some of whose DNA she now carries) seemed to have got clean away after solving a murder mystery. But in this tale she quickly gets pulled back in, and the next thing she knows she's up to her neck in diplomatic negotiations, while her body enhancements are failing (fix the chick's knee and get her a new liver--STAT).
Smith's plotting is delightfully over the top although confusing, and maybe she's done that on purpose. She obviously wants to focus attention on Jani and her mob (a few chapters are told from viewpoints other than Jani's) while the diplomatic events, having to do with delicate human-Idomeni negotiations, are kept murkily in the background. And so what I took, in the first book, to be "first novel" faults may in fact be deliberate. No doubt more shall be revealed in the author's next volume (the third of four), "Law of Survival." I look forward to it.