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Publisher's Summary

No rest for the weary....

Captain Daniel Leary and his friend, the spy Adele Mundy, have been in the front lines of Cinnabar's struggle against the totalitarian Alliance. Now these galactic superpowers have signed a peace of mutual exhaustion - but the jackals are moving in! The Republic of Cinnabar was on the verge of collapse under the weight of taxes, casualties, and war's disruption of trade. That the Alliance of Free Stars was in even worse condition helped only because it has made peace possible.

Years of war have been hard on Daniel and harder still on Adele, whose life outside information-gathering is a tightrope between despair and deadly violence. Their masters in the RCN and the Republic's intelligence service have sent them to the fringes of human space to relax away from danger. But the barbarians of the outer reaches have their own plans, plans which will bring down both Cinnabar and the Alliance.

The enemies of peace include traitors, giant reptiles, and barbarian pirates whose ships can outsail even Daniel Leary's splendid corvette, the Princess Cecile. Unless Daniel, Adele, and their unlikely allies succeed, galactic civilization will disintegrate into blood and chaos. So they will succeed - or they'll die trying!

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Critic Reviews

“Captain Leary kicks more ass. What more do you need to know?” (io9.com)
"Drake deftly weaves a web of political machinations and intrigue that vividly depicts the costs of war. Fans of Patrick O'Brian's Maturin and Aubrey novels will enjoy this intricate, rousing space opera." (Publishers Weekly)

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  • Dan
  • El Paso, TX, United States
  • 09-25-10

Keep 'Em Coming

I think if you like any of the books in this series, you'll like this one too.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Another great tale

Another tale of high adventure for Captain Leary and his crew.
Some minor rough audio edits only slightly detract from the illusion.
RCN FOREVER!

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  • B0b
  • United Kingdom
  • 01-10-15

I've listened to this at least 5 times

I enjoy all the Leary and Mundy novels from With the Lightnings to book 10.

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  • William
  • Winter Park, FL, United States
  • 08-17-14

Great Story, Bad Audio Edits

I love the RCN series. Can't get enough. However in this story, the audio edits seemed extreme in amounts and audio difference. It kept taking me out of the story. My be best if read.