Diamond Star

Diamond Star

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by Catherine Asaro
     
 

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Space Adventure with a Holo-Rock Beat by a Nebula Award-Winning Author. The Saga of the Skolian Empire Continues.

First Time in Paper back.

Del Valdoria was an heir of the Ruby Dynasty, rulers of the interstellar empire called the Skolian Imperialate. But he had no interest in being associated with the draconian measures his brothers used to maintain power. He

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Space Adventure with a Holo-Rock Beat by a Nebula Award-Winning Author. The Saga of the Skolian Empire Continues.

First Time in Paper back.

Del Valdoria was an heir of the Ruby Dynasty, rulers of the interstellar empire called the Skolian Imperialate. But he had no interest in being associated with the draconian measures his brothers used to maintain power. He just wanted to sing holo-rock—not a respectable activity for a Ruby prince. To make things more complicated, he was on Earth, far from home, and the Earth government wasn’t willing to let such a potential source of information and valuable bargaining chip leave. And then a major entertainment corporation took an interest in his music.

Del's mix of unsophisticated innocence and sensual wickedness was dynamite. Singing as Del Arden, he became a major hit almost overnight, the hottest thing in holo-rock. And that was a nightmare for the Earth government, because it put a spotlight on him, inviting the attention of assassins, kidnappers, and who knew what other dangers. If anything happened to Del, Allied Space Command might as well just walk up to Skolian Space Command and say, "Hey, let's have a war.”

Then there was a third interstellar empire, the Eubian Concord, warlike enemy of the Skolian Imperialate. His millions of fans on Earth might not know that their idol was a Ruby prince, but the Concord knew just who he was. And certain songs, if sung by a son of the Ruby Dynasty, might be considered an act of war . . .

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Prince Del-Kurj Arden, rebel son of the conquered Skolian Empire, comes to Earth to pursue his musical dreams despite his family's protests. Soon, producers want to control him, fans want to love him, and enemies want to kill him. With this latest entry in his "Tales of the Ruby Dynasty" series, Nebula Award winner Asaro ventures into new territory while still showcasing his ability to combine sensual prose with vivid action and bold characterization. An independently released CD of songs referenced here, also titled Diamond Star and performed by alternative rock group Point Valid, can be purchased through www.starflight-music.com. A good pick for adventurous sf readers.


—Jackie Cassada

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781439133828
Publisher:
Baen
Publication date:
06/29/2010
Series:
Skolian Empire Series, #16
Pages:
720
Sales rank:
418,126
Product dimensions:
6.94(w) x 4.30(h) x 1.17(d)

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