Extremis

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The New Sequel to Exodus and the New York Times Best Seller, The Shiva Option.

Once before, the sentient races in the known part of the galaxy?humans, Orions, Ophiuchi and Gorm?had united to defeat alien invaders. Decades later, the member planets of the alliance had grown complacent?until a huge fleet of ships, each ship larger than a city, arrived, fleeing the loss of their home planet when their star went nova.

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Overview

The New Sequel to Exodus and the New York Times Best Seller, The Shiva Option.

Once before, the sentient races in the known part of the galaxy—humans, Orions, Ophiuchi and Gorm—had united to defeat alien invaders. Decades later, the member planets of the alliance had grown complacent—until a huge fleet of ships, each ship larger than a city, arrived, fleeing the loss of their home planet when their star went nova.

They have traveled for centuries, slower than light, and now that they have arrived at the world they intend to make their new home. They regard the fact that the planet is already colonized by humans as a mere inconvenience, the more so since their mode of communication is so different from anything humans use that they do not consider humans and their allies to be truly intelligent. And the arriving aliens know—or, at least, they believe—that when they die they will be reincarnated, so they do not hesitate to attack humans and their allies with suicidal fury. And, if necessary, they will exterminate all humans and their allies, if that’s what it takes to occupy the planet.

That was their attitude on arrival, but the conquerors have learned from human technology. They now know all about reactionless drives, so much more efficient than rocket engines. And they have learned about the jump points which make faster-than-light travel possible. With that knowledge, they plan to conquer the entire inhabited region of the galaxy—unless the old alliance of humans and other being can stop them . . . .

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Publishers Weekly
White and Gannon continue the space opera epic of 2006's Exodus (by White and Shirley Meier) with this vivid novel. The Baldies, refugees from a sun that has gone nova, have reached their long-anticipated destination, the planet Bellerophon, recently settled by humans. The telepathic Baldies, who remember their past lives, cannot come to grips with the idea of mind-mute sentients that only live once; their increasingly militant warrior caste advocates extermination. As Ankaht, a Baldy scientist-philosopher, attempts to bridge the gap that inhibits mutual understanding, pressures from off-planet naval forces and indigenous resistance fighters drive the Baldy militants to desperate extremes and estrange them from their own culture. Ankaht and her allies must overcome mutual suspicion to restore the balance before one species destroys the other. Battle sequences mingle with thought-provoking exegesis on what it means to be a sentient and moral being. (May)
Library Journal
Formed from four starfaring species—humans, Orions, Ophiuchi, and Gorms—to combat common enemies, the Rim Federation has grown lax in its watchfulness and in the deployment of its fleets. When a hive-minded race of creatures seeks to colonize the Rim worlds in lieu of its own shattered planet, the Federation must once again rally its troops, this time against an enemy whose religious zeal and belief in reincarnation make it nearly unstoppable. The latest entry in the authors' military series (Insurrection; Crusade; In Death Ground; The Shiva Option) offers scenes of hard-hitting battles in space and heroic actions on both sides of the galactic war. VERDICT Series followers and fans of military sf and space opera should look forward to more of what they love.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781451638141
  • Publisher: Baen
  • Publication date: 4/24/2012
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Baen
  • Pages: 880
  • Sales rank: 306,281
  • Product dimensions: 4.28 (w) x 6.54 (h) x 1.44 (d)

Meet the Author

Steve White completed a tour of duty in Vietnam as a Naval officer. His SF adventure trilogy for Baen comprising The Disinherited, Legacy, and Debt of Ages was highly successful, as was Prince of Sunset, and its sequel Emperor of Dawn. With David Weber, he has collaborated on Insurrection, Crusade, In Death Ground, and the New York Times best seller The Shiva Option. His most recent books for Baen were the epic fantasy Demon’s Gate and the science fiction adventure novel Blood of the Heroes.

Charles E. Gannon is a breakthrough rising star in science fiction with a multiple short story and novella publications in Baen anthologies, Man-Kzin Wars XIII, Analog, and elsewhere. Gannon is coauthor with Steve White of Extremis, the latest entry in the legendary Starfire series created by David Weber. His most recent novel is 1635: The Papal Stakes cowritten with alternate history master, Eric Flint. A multiple Fulbright scholar, Gannon is Distinguished Professor of American Literature at St. Bonaventure University.
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  • Posted May 4, 2011

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    a terrific military science fiction tale

    The telepathic Arduans fled their galaxy as their sun went nova. They traveled for centuries until they reached their destination Bellerophon. However, they are unhappy to find a sentient race recently colonized the planet. Still after what they have been through to reach their new home, the Arduans believing they are supreme as the only sentient race see the humans as a minor irritant.

    Adding to their manifest destiny belief is the feebleness of human existence. Whereas the humans live one short life as telepathic mutes, Arduans live numerous lives while recalling each. The warrior caste wants to cleanse the orb and the rest of the galaxy using stolen technology from humans and their allies (Orions, Ophiuchi and Gorm) of these nothing species while Ankaht the scientist-philosopher tries to find a peaceful solution to benefit both species as well the indigenous population.

    The latest entry (co-authored by Charles E. Gannon) in Steve White's Starfire saga collaborating with David Weber (see The Stars at War) and Shirley Meier (see Exodus) is a terrific military science fiction that is at its best during the non-combat scenes. The battles are entertaining, but it is the philosophical debate on belief systems, species profiling and ethics especially from the alien perspective that make for a powerful timely thriller with applications in our society.

    Harriet Klausner

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  • Posted December 27, 2013

    Very good, great detail.

    White and Gannon have worked out a very good story

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 9, 2012

    great read

    Solves every question and storyline from the first book. Many great endings for the true bad guys.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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