The date is 1970 of the Galactic Era, almost 3,000 from now, and the Republic, created by the human race but not yet dominated by it, finds itself in an all-out war against the Teroni Federation, an alliance of races that resent Man's growing military and economic power. The rebel starship, the Theodore Roosevelt, under the command of Wilson Cole, is preparing to lead Cole's ragtag armada into the Republic, even though he is outnumbered thousands to one.
Cole is convinced that the government has become an arrogant and unfeeling political entity and must be overthrown. The trick is to avoid armed conflict with the vast array of ships, numbering in the millions, in the Republic's Navy. For a time, Cole's forces strike from cover and race off to safety, but he soon sees that is no way to conquer the mightiest political and military machine in the history of the galaxy. He realises that he must reach Deluros VIII, the headquarters world of the Republic (and of the race of Man), in order to have any effect on the government at all - but Deluros VIII is the best-protected world in the Republic.
But a new threat looms on the horizon. Cole, the Valkyrie, David Copperfield, Sharon Blacksmith, Jacovic, and the rest of the crew of the Teddy R face their greatest challenge yet, and the outcome will determine the fate of the entire galaxy.
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©2009 Mike Resnick; (P)2009 Audible, Inc.
"A well-executed conclusion to a consistently entertaining series." (SF Signal)
Very rarely do you fine a saga that makes you want to just keep listening! Great Story, nice plot with Action and Drama. Charles Dickens is spining in his grave lol..That a side I wish there was another book.
For once the enemy is not evil. Just bad politics (and politicians). The main characters are likeable and interesting, Wilson Cole's actions are always unexpected and clever. And, last but not least, Jonathan Davis' narration is perfect.
I wonder IF this is the end of the series.... one can imagine many more adventures to come.
The entire series is written very well and the narrator made listening to it that much more enjoyable. The author spent an appropriate amount of time when introducing characters and filling in their back stories such that they did not come off as uninteresting two-dimensional characters (with exception for possibly, the Republic characters.) Even the alien types were diverse and novel.
An amazing series! Great characters, strong and thralling. But this installment failed to achieve the mark. The ending seemed to contrived and forced. Mike Resnick is a much better author then this. The entire book felt rushed!
It tied together all the loose ends in a nice little package.
Hmm, Elzabeth Moon's Vatta Series, or maybe touching on Jack Cambell Lost Fleet series, I also find a bit of the Destryermen in there sometimes as well!
The first meeting with the Republic Leadership and the Admiral telling them to take a hike!
While I enjoyed the story and the series I think it finished just a little to abruptly. I can certainly see some spin off stories coming up but I still want more of the 'Teddy R' and Wilson along with Val and the others. I feel a little cheated at the end, but so often that happens!
Well the first few books we real good. but the narrator did not do as good of a job on the voices. and this is one of my favorite ones. i even went back and listen to a bot of the previous books to make sure. the story was pretty good and i will listen to the next one.
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