RCN

12 books in series
4.5 out of 5 stars 3,176 ratings

With the Lightnings Publisher's Summary

Daniel Leary is a lieutenant in the Republic of Cinnabar Navy with no money and no prospects since he quarreled with his ruthless, politically powerful father.

Adele Mundy is a scholar with no money and no prospects since her family was massacred for conspiring against the Government of Cinnabar.

Kostroma is a wealthy planet which depends on diplomacy to stay independent in a galaxy whose two great powers, Cinnabar and the Alliance, battle for supremacy.

In a few hours, diplomacy is going to fail Kostroma. Daniel, Adele, and the scratch crew they gather aren't much to stand in the way of a powerful invasion fleet, but just possibly they're enough.

Men and women who hold courage cheap and honor more dear than life itself face impossible odds in a novel of color, intrigue, and slashing action. From the corridors of a treason-ridden palace through the perils of unknown seas and hellish jungles to a final blazlng climax in space, the heroes never bow and the action never flags.

They have nothing on their side but each other - and heaven help whatever tries to stand in their way!

BONUS AUDIO: Includes an exclusive introduction by author David Drake.

©1998 David Drake (P)2008 Audible, Inc.
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  • Book 1

    • With the Lightnings

    • RCN Series, Book 1
    • By: David Drake
    • Narrated by: Victor Bevine, David Drake
    • Length: 13 hrs and 44 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 582
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 421
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 423

    Daniel Leary is a lieutenant in the Republic of Cinnabar Navy with no money and no prospects since he quarreled with his ruthless, politically powerful father. Adele Mundy is a scholar with no money and no prospects since her family was massacred for conspiring against the Government of Cinnabar. Kostroma is a wealthy planet which depends on diplomacy to stay independent in a galaxy whose two great powers, Cinnabar and the Alliance, battle for supremacy.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Master and Commander in Space

    • By E. Atkinson on 01-17-09

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  • Book 2

    • Lt. Leary, Commanding

    • RCN Series, Book 2
    • By: David Drake
    • Narrated by: Victor Bevine
    • Length: 16 hrs and 28 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 358
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 258
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 263

    Lt. Daniel Leary of the Republic of Cinnabar Navy commands the corvette Princess Cecile; his friend, Signals Officer Adele Mundy, has the latest in spy apparatus and the skill to prowl the most tightly guarded database. All they lack are enemies, and fate is about to supply that need in abundance! A hostage uses the Princess Cecile to regain his freedom, and his throne.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Entertaining

    • By Professor on 10-07-12

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  • Book 3

    • The Far Side of the Stars

    • RCN Series, Book 3
    • By: David Drake
    • Narrated by: Victor Bevine, David Drake
    • Length: 14 hrs and 57 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 277
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 202
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 204

    While the Republic of Cinnabar is at peace with the Alliance, warriors like Lt. Daniel Leary and Signals Officer Adele Mundy must find other work, like escorting a pair of wealthy nobles on an expedition to the back of beyond!

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Serenity Now

    • By Dan on 10-31-09

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  • Book 4

    • The Way to Glory

    • RCN Series, Book 4
    • By: David Drake
    • Narrated by: Victor Bevine
    • Length: 14 hrs and 24 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 284
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 215
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 214

    Riots blaze in the streets of Cinnabar, threatening not only the Government but the Republic of Cinnabar Navy. The forces of the tyrannical Alliance are probing outnumbered Cinnabar garrisons among the distant stars, using guile and treachery as well as brute strength.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • RCN forever

    • By Jutta Carroll on 04-17-17

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  • Book 5

    • Some Golden Harbor

    • RCN Series, Book 5
    • By: David Drake
    • Narrated by: Victor Bevine
    • Length: 14 hrs and 9 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 250
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 190
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 190

    The tyrannical Alliance continues its war against the Republic of Cinnabar, and Daniel Leary, newly promoted to Commander, and his crew have a new mission: stop Dunbar's World from falling to an invasion by the planet Pellegrino. Nataniel Arruns, son of the dictator of Pellegrino, has landed with a large contingent, intending to set himself up as the ruling warlord, with the planet's population becoming serfs of the Pellegrinian overlords.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • I agree - Drake's Best Writing

    • By Dan on 05-17-11

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  • Book 6

    • When the Tide Rises

    • RCN Series, Book 6
    • By: David Drake
    • Narrated by: Victor Bevine
    • Length: 13 hrs and 35 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 230
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 172
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 174

    When the Republic of Cinnabar doesn't have enough battleships to deal with all the crises in its war with the Alliance, it sends the next best thing: Commander Daniel Leary and his friend, the spy Adele Mundy. This time they're off to help the Bagarian cluster in its rebellion against the Alliance, but they'll quickly find that the worst threats to the rebels are the treacherous politicians leading them.

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  • Book 7

    • In the Stormy Red Sky

    • RCN Series, Book 7
    • By: David Drake
    • Narrated by: David Drake, Victor Bevine
    • Length: 14 hrs and 29 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 258
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 197
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 200

    Daniel Leary is Cinnabar's most successful space captain; His friend, Lady Adele Mundy, is its most efficient spy - but they've got their hands full. From palace to reeking jungle, from gunfights in grimy hangars, to the flagship's bridge during a sprawling space battle, Leary and Mundy are in the thick of it again. Watch the galaxy explode In the Stormy Red Sky.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • wow

    • By Lacy on 05-30-15

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  • Book 8

    • What Distant Deeps

    • RCN Series, Book 8
    • By: David Drake
    • Narrated by: Victor Bevine
    • Length: 13 hrs and 25 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 231
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 174
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 176

    Captain Daniel Leary and his friend, the spy Adele Mundy, have been in the front lines of Cinnabar's struggle against the totalitarian Alliance. 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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Keep 'Em Coming

    • By Dan on 09-25-10

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  • Book 9

    • The Road of Danger

    • RCN Series, Book 9
    • By: David Drake
    • Narrated by: Victor Bevine
    • Length: 12 hrs and 55 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 229
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 206
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 209

    Captain Daniel Leary with his friend–and spy–Officer Adele Mundy are sent to a quiet sector to carry out an easy task: helping the local admiral put down a coup before it takes place. But then the jealous admiral gets rid of them by sending them off on a wild goose chase to a sector where commerce is king and business is carried out by extortion and gunfights. With anarchy and rebellion in the air, a rogue intelligence officer plots the war that will destroy civilization and enlists the help of a brute whom even torturers couldn't stomach.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Another great book

    • By MrBoobo on 08-12-12

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  • Book 10

    • The Sea Without a Shore

    • RCN Series, Book 10
    • By: David Drake
    • Narrated by: Victor Bevine
    • Length: 12 hrs and 41 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 206
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 184
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 188

    Cinnabar's chief spymaster is a mother also - and her son is determined to search for treasure in the midst of a civil war. Who better to hold the boy's hand - and to take the blows directed at him - than Captain Daniel Leary, the Republic of Cinnabar Navy's troubleshooter, and his friend the cyberspy Adele Mundy? The only thing certain in the struggle for control of the mining planet Corcyra is that the rival parties are more dangerous to their own allies than to their opponents.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Time to move on with a new series

    • By Luv2Read on 06-19-14

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  • Book 11

    • Death's Bright Day

    • RCN Series, Book 11
    • By: David Drake
    • Narrated by: Victor Bevine
    • Length: 10 hrs and 18 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 169
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 155
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 154

    Captain Daniel Leary thinks that his marriage will allow him to slip into the quiet role of a naval officer in peacetime. His friend, the spy and cybrarian Adele Mundy, is content to be collating data in her library. But high officials of both superpowers are involved! Those who want Daniel and Adele to become involved in the Tarbell Stars claim that only they can prevent a war between the Republic of Cinnabar and its great rival, the Alliance of Free Stars.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • There's a Reason I Always Read David Drake's Books Immediately.

    • By jah on 07-05-16

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  • Book 12

    • Though Hell Should Bar the Way

    • RCN Series, Book 12
    • By: David Drake
    • Narrated by: Victor Bevine
    • Length: 12 hrs and 22 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 102
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 95
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 95

    Roy Olfetrie planned to be an officer in the Republic of Cinnabar Navy, but when his father was unmasked as a white-collar criminal he had to take whatever he was offered. What is offered turns out to be a chance to accompany Captain Daniel Leary and Lady Adele Mundy as they go off to start a war that will put Roy at the sharp end.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Refreshing take on a long Series

    • By Peter J. on 04-05-18

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