Into the MaelstromBook - 2015
THE RIGHT MAN FOR A VERY BAD JOB
The Cutter Stream colonies were at peace. If everybody behaved reasonably, that peace could last a thousand years.
Allen Allenson had known war; it had made him peaceful and reasonable. He was far too experienced to believe the same was true of all his fellow colonists, however, let alone the government of the distant homeworld across the Bight.
War was coming, a war that the colonies had to win if they were ever to be more than prison camps and a dumping ground for incompetent noblemen. The experience that had caused Allenson to hate war made him the only man who could lead the colonial army.
Allenson knew that he wasn't really a general, but he understood his fellow colonists better than any homeworld general could. He would free the Cutter Stream, or he would die trying.
What Allen Allenson would not do, what he would never do, was quit.
About Into the Maelstrom :
"[The authors] neatly adapt real history to a science fiction framework in the second novel of the Citizen trilogy . . . Drake and Lambshead are telling the story of George Washington as a space opera. . . . [I]ngeniously structured retelling."-- Publishers Weekly
About Into the Hinterlands :
"Drake and Lambshead combine politics, military expeditions, and deep-space exploration into an intriguing tale...Recommended for all SF collections."-- Booklist
About David Drake's RCN series:
"[R]ousing old-fashioned space opera."-- Publishers Weekly on the "RCN" series.
"The fun is in the telling, and Mr. Drake has a strong voice. I want more!"-- Philadelphia Weekly Press
"[S]pace opera is alive and well. This series is getting better as the author goes along...character development combined with first-rate action and memorable world designs."--SFReader.com
About David Drake:
"[P]rose as cold and hard s the metal alloy of a tank...rivals Crane and Remarque..."-- Chicago Sun-Times
"Drake couldn't write a bad action scene at gunpoint."-- Booklist
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It's the smiling bastards standing behind you that present an unknown threat.
When have human beings ever chosen the sensible and logical course simply because it is in their interests?
Politeness may or may not be its own reward but it costs nothing and did no harm in dealing with people who could exact petty revenge.
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