Babylon 5 - The Legions of Fire - The Long Night of Centauri Prime

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Bombed to the brink of oblivion, the planet Centauri Prime is starting the slow and painful process of rebuilding, under the watchful eye of Emperor Londo Mollari. But Londo is in turn being watched—and manipulated—by the conquest-hungry Drakh. The malevolent beings are reshaping the Centauri Republic into a secret seat of power from which to strike out at ...

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The beginning of an exciting new adventure that continues the Babylon 5 legacy . . .

Bombed to the brink of oblivion, the planet Centauri Prime is starting the slow and painful process of rebuilding, under the watchful eye of Emperor Londo Mollari. But Londo is in turn being watched—and manipulated—by the conquest-hungry Drakh. The malevolent beings are reshaping the Centauri Republic into a secret seat of power from which to strike out at their enemies—especially the Interstellar Alliance.

All but helpless to resist, Londo watches as his beloved Homeworld is transformed into a ruthless police state. And the Drakh have willing allies, including one of Londo's own countrymen—Durla, a powerful official with his own sinister agenda.

As the abuses of the repressive new Republic escalate, the double-edged Drakh master plan begins to unfold. Their goal is to smash the Interstellar Alliance by assassinating its president, John Sheridan, and to obliterate Earth, using a fabled, monstrous Shadow weapon known as a Planet Killer . . .

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"A solid, stand-alone novel . . . A fascinating spotlight on the enigmatic, deadly telepaths."
—USA Today (recommended reading)

"Dark Genesis is the kind of rare tie-in book that equals, or even bests, the franchise whose world it borrows. If you've heard the ravings of Babylon 5 fans . . . then this book is for you. You'll get a glimpse into the world they enjoy so passionately."
—Cinescape Online

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780345427182
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 12/28/1999
  • Series: Babylon 5 - Legions of Fire Series
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: 1 ED
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 4.20 (w) x 6.88 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

Peter David is famous for writing some of the most popular of the original Star Trek: The Next Generation novels, including Imzadi and A Rock and a Hard Place. His original works include the Arthurian novel Knight Life and the quirky werewolf story Howling Mad.  He single-handedly revived the classic comic book series The Incredible Hulk and has written just about every famous comic book superhero. He collaborated with J. Michael Straczynski on the Babylon 5 comic book series, and with Bill Mumy, he created the Nickelodeon television series Space Cases. In his spare time, he writes movie screenplays, children's books, and TV scripts (including Babylon 5).

J. Michael Straczynski is one of the most prolific and highly regarded writers currently working in the television industry. In 1995, he was selected by Newsweek magazine as one of their Fifty for the Future, described as innovators who will shape our lives as we move into the twenty-first century. His work spans every conceivable genre—from historical dramas and adaptations of famous works of literature (The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde) to mystery series (Murder, She Wrote), cop shows (Jake and the Fatman), anthology series (The Twilight Zone), and science fiction (Babylon 5). He writes ten hours a day, seven days a week, except for his birthday, New Year's, and Christmas.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 12, 2000

    The darker side of Centauri Prime.

    Peter David's book is outstanding and deserves high praise,which speaks of his knowledge of science fiction.This book picks up from where we left off with Londo,being grafted together with the Keeper,and Vir starts his career as the new ambassador to Babylon 5.Already Vir can see the dark changes in his world,and knows he has to do something,but is uncertain as to what exactly it is.And we meet a young captain of the guard,Durla,who is being given visions of the future..an unknowing pawn in the schemes of the Drakh.We find that quite a bit has happened to the ex-wives of Londo Mollari and Vir gets a shock of a lifetime.In addition to that,he meets Kane,a technomage who is somewhat aware of the goings-on at play on Centauri Prime.Why he's there?We all know the answer to that-because he can be there.Vir stops an assassination and Londo is given an assignment that will tear him apart in the end.Actually,he does 2 things he really doesn't want to,but then again...aren't we all?And,looking at the other posts-yes,Michael Garibaldi WAS the head of security for Sheridan...remember he was caught drinking on the job and was suspended? It was only after marrying Lise he took over Edgars Industries and gave that job to Number One,a.k.a. Margaret Halloran(episode 20-The Wheel of Fire).You know,the blonde chick from Mars?Anyways,this is a good book.I more than recommend reading it.Read the entire trilogy.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 7, 2000

    Not Disappointed

    A wonderful story. I could just hear Londo talking in every part of his dialogue, yes? Regarding David Cartland's review indicating errors in the story. If my memory serves me correctly, Garibaldi was INDEED head of Presidential Security for a brief time. He was replaced by the blond woman from Mars - the leader of the underground movement.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 15, 2000

    By Far The Best B5 Book To Date

    I wont spoil it for you but i will say this 'Legions Of Fire' is the best B5 book out there. A great read I cant wait for 'Armies Of Light And Dark'.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 29, 2000

    Awesome

    Peter David has his work cut out for him, and in this first installment of the Legions of Fire Trilogy, he produces a winner! Covering a span of time shortly after the fifth season of B5 TV series, yet set before the events of the Crusade spin-off series, we get an interior glimpse of the corruption that is daily politic on Centauri Prime, as well as the sinister philosophy of the Drakh and the rise of a police state on CP that will (as the TV fans know)one day fight another war with the Interstellar Alliance. In the next two books, I hope to see more of the hinted future history fleshed out, with the Telepath War and the Drakh assault on Earth. A must read for the B5 fanatic.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 3, 2000

    The Londo Saga Continues

    Peter David does a wonderful job of continuing where JMS left off in the B5 series. He goes into intracite details about his relationship w/ not only his 'keeper' but w/ most of his other social contacts on and off Babylon 5 including several encounters with one of his many wives. The book does full justice the itme and effort JMS has put into this series

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 16, 1999

    A Dark and Wonderful Beginning

    Peter David is off to a great start with `The Long Night of Centauri Prime¿ the first installment of the `Legions of Fire¿ trilogy. The dark and sinister plans of the Drakh unfold as the seeds of fascism are sown into the war-torn Centauri society. The characters are wonderfully fleshed-out --we even gain an appreciation for the Drakh¿s position. Canonical characters like Londo and Vir are perfect and the new characters, both the honorable and the sinister, are well developed and intriguing. Peter David, incidentally, wrote the B5 episode, `Soul Mates¿, where Londo¿s wives first appear (in the flesh) and their reintroduction here is terrific. There are, however, a few problems for the B5 purist. Vir¿s memory is poor when he recalls ¿Captain Sinclair¿ -Sinclair was a Commander not a Captain. Other errors include having President Sharidan at his Desk on B5 when he would have been established on Minbar and Garibaldi playing head of presidential security (a position he never held) when he would have been living on Mars running Edgars Industries. Finally, Londo¿s delivery of his `gift¿ to Sheridan and Delenn occurs over a year later than indicated in the fifth season of Babylon 5. I also found the depiction of the main action scene in the first part of the story weak. At one point, with the introduction of a character named Kane, the story felt like a ¿Kung-Fu¿ rerun. Despite these flaws I really enjoyed the novel. I found the sci-fi perspective on the rise of fascism in a war-torn society quite provocative and really enjoyed watching the characters interact and develop. I look forward to the next two installments and hope to learn the details behind the events first revealed in episode one of Babylon 5.

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