Caine Riordan

4 books in series
4.5 out of 5 stars 1,175 ratings

Fire with Fire Publisher's Summary

2105, September: Intelligence Analyst Caine Riordan uncovers a conspiracy on Earth's Moon - a history-making clandestine project - and ends up involuntarily cryocelled for his troubles. Twelve years later, Riordan awakens to a changed world. Humanity has achieved faster-than-light travel and is pioneering nearby star systems. And now, Riordan is compelled to become an inadvertent agent of conspiracy himself. Riordan's mission: travel to a newly settled world and investigate whether a primitive local species was once sentient - enough so to have built a lost civilization.

However, arriving on site in the Delta Pavonis system, Caine discovers that the job he's been given is anything but secret or safe. With assassins and saboteurs dogging his every step, it's clear that someone doesn't want his mission to succeed. In the end, it takes the keen insights of an intelligence analyst and a matching instinct for intrigue to ferret out the truth: that humanity is neither alone in the cosmos nor safe. Earth is revealed to be the lynchpin planet in an impending struggle for interstellar dominance, a struggle into which it is being irresistibly dragged. Discovering new dangers at every turn, Riordan must now convince the powers-that-be that the only way for humanity to survive as a free species is to face the perils directly - and to fight fire with fire.

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  • Book 1

    • Fire with Fire

    • Caine Riordan, Book 1
    • By: Charles E. Gannon
    • Narrated by: Kevin Pariseau
    • Length: 18 hrs and 46 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 499
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 461
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 466

    2105, September: Intelligence Analyst Caine Riordan uncovers a conspiracy on Earth's Moon - a history-making clandestine project - and ends up involuntarily cryocelled for his troubles. Twelve years later, Riordan awakens to a changed world. Humanity has achieved faster-than-light travel and is pioneering nearby star systems. And now, Riordan is compelled to become an inadvertent agent of conspiracy himself. Riordan's mission: travel to a newly settled world and investigate whether a primitive local species was once sentient - enough so to have built a lost civilization.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Would have been good as 1950s SF

    • By Amazon Customer on 07-13-15

    Regular price: $29.95

  • Book 2

    • Trial by Fire

    • Caine Riordan, Book 2
    • By: Charles E. Gannon
    • Narrated by: Kevin Pariseau
    • Length: 26 hrs and 11 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 352
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 322
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 329

    When reluctant interstellar diplomat and intelligence operative Caine Riordan returns from humanity’s first encounter with alien races, sudden war clouds burst. With Earth's fleet shattered by a sneak attack and its survivors fighting for their lives, Caine must rely upon both his first contact and weaponry skills to contend with the non-humanoid enemy.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A really great, enjoyable listen

    • By Michael P. Long on 03-08-15

    Regular price: $34.94

  • Book 3

    • Raising Caine

    • Caine Riordan, Book 3
    • By: Charles E. Gannon
    • Narrated by: Kevin Pariseau
    • Length: 21 hrs and 53 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 202
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 187
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 186

    Caine Riordan, reluctant diplomatic and military intelligence operative, has just finished playing his part repulsing the Arat Kur's and Hkh'Rkh's joint invasion of Earth. But scant hours after the attackers surrender, the mysterious but potentially helpful Slaasriithi appeal to Caine to shepherd a diplomatic mission on a visit to their very alien worlds. The possible prize: a crucial alliance in a universe where the fledgling Consolidated Terran Republic has very few friends.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Good story, bad enemies

    • By JC on 01-12-18

    Regular price: $34.94

  • Book 4

    • Caine's Mutiny

    • Caine Riordan, Book 4
    • By: Charles E. Gannon
    • Narrated by: Kevin Pariseau
    • Length: 32 hrs and 17 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 122
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 116
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 115

    Caine Riordan, fresh from serving as envoy to the aliens known as the Slaasriithi, has been given yet another daunting task: apprehend raiders that are terrorizing a distant planet. As difficulties mount, Caine becomes aware that the mission his superiors sent him to perform may not be the one they actually hope he will achieve.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Least of the series.

    • By Anonymous User on 02-07-19

    Regular price: $39.95