Narrator B.J. Harrison gives a theatrical performance of this science fiction story based on the Sepoy Mutiny in British India. The planet Uller is divided into kingdoms ruled by monarchs who are in the pockets of the exploitative Chartered Uller Company (CUC). Harrison adds flair and drama to an anti-CUC uprising that sees the company getting the upper hand until one of the rebels builds fission bombs using the CUC's own mining technology. Harrison uses subtle shifts in tone and diction to distinguish the characters and layers on tension and intensity as the war between the natives and the CUC heats up.
So the Ulleran challenge begins, with the rantings of a prophet and a seemingly incidental street riot. Only when a dose of poison lands in the governer-general's whiskey does it become clear that the "geeks" have had it up their double-lidded eyeballs with the imperialist Terran Federation's Chartered Uller Company. Then, overnight, war is everywhere.
How it will end is in the merely two Terran hands of the new governor-general, a man shredw enough to know that "it is easier to banish a habit of thought than a piece of knowledge". The problem is, the particular piece of knowledge he needs hasn't been used in 450 years.
Public Domain (P)2011 Audible, Inc.
Sorry, but this book just couldn't raise any excitement in me. There were moments when I thought it might finally get more interesting, but it always just went back to dragging along the same dull base line.
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