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Hellfire
     

Hellfire

4.4 21
by Jean Johnson
 

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Her story began in the national bestsellers A Soldier’s Duty and An Officer’s Duty. Now Ia is captain and commander at the helm of Hellfire, where she is finally free to chart the course for the fulfillment of her destiny…

As captain, Ia must now assemble a crew that can rise to the ultimate challenge of saving the

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Her story began in the national bestsellers A Soldier’s Duty and An Officer’s Duty. Now Ia is captain and commander at the helm of Hellfire, where she is finally free to chart the course for the fulfillment of her destiny…

As captain, Ia must now assemble a crew that can rise to the ultimate challenge of saving the galaxy. The hardest part will be getting them to believe her, to trust in her prophecies. If they don’t, her own crew will end up being the biggest obstacle in her race against time.

The Salik are breaking through the Blockade, plunging the known galaxy into war. Ia cannot stop it this time, nor does she want to. This is the terrible price she has seen all along—that some must pay with their lives so that others might live. Now only time itself can prove whether each member of her crew is merely a soldier or truly one of Ia’s Damned.

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Publishers Weekly
03/30/2015
The third book in Johnson's Theirs Not to Reason Why series (after An Officer's Duty) continues the odd but enjoyable military science fiction tales of Ia, a human-alien hybrid whose precognitive talents allow her to plan hundreds of years in advance. Ia knows that she's unable to prevent the war between humans and the Salik, but she also knows that she can assemble the best possible team to win, even if her choices often leave her superiors baffled. Naturally, the handpicked crew of her starship includes eccentric personalities (sarcastic and tough Delia Helstead uses knives as hairpins) and develops unforeseen complications (Ia's ex-lover, Meyun Harper, is the ship's engineer). Ia's powers continue to present a narrative problem—being able to see every strand of every potential future makes her, if not infallible, at least so minimally fallible as to border on uninteresting—but Johnson's reluctance to dole out bits of Ia's knowledge in anything other than tiny morsels at least puts the reader in the same position as most of her troops: confident in the result, but uncertain of how it will be achieved. Some genre tropes weigh things down a bit, but fans should still have fun. (Aug.)
From the Publisher
Praise for A Soldier’s Duty

“Reminiscent of both Starship Troopers and Dune…Successfully balances its military and science fiction elements.”—Publishers Weekly

“An engrossing military SF series...a good read.”—SF Signal

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781101624883
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
07/30/2013
Series:
Theirs Not to Reason Why , #3
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
480
Sales rank:
47,605
File size:
948 KB
Age Range:
18 Years

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Praise for A Soldier’s Duty

“Reminiscent of both Starship Troopers and Dune…Successfully balances its military and science fiction elements.”—Publishers Weekly

“An engrossing military SF series...a good read.”—SF Signal

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Hellfire (Theirs Not To Reason Why) 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 21 reviews.
AvidReader777TJ More than 1 year ago
This was in my top five all time book series - well worth the read, exceptionally well done, great characters, complex plot, great use of concept of time, and without any prolific vulgarity.
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My god! I can't eait for the next one. Might just have to take a dip in the timestreams and read it early! All in all, this was a.good book. It wasn't as good as the first, but when is the sequal ever as good?
Dreamer_of_minds More than 1 year ago
This third in the series continues the excellent story of Ia. Her continuing voyage to protect the galaxy and all life there steps up the pace as she is given a special ship and crew, at the cost of her privacy and keeping her on the edge of disaster. This story contains more action than the previous, but still with a philosophical bent that keeps the reader thinking. I did like this book, and found that reading it was not as a chore but an experience. It seems that Jean Johnson has hit her stride with this series and continues to raise pertinent questions to think about, and to think how much courage it takes to chart your own course with a lot of people, both high and low, trying to interfer. I do recoomend the whole series, but Hellfire is more action oriented than the set up novels that preceded it. This does what good science fiction should do, cause you to think as well as question yourself and enjoy a story.
booker4911 More than 1 year ago
Johnson's continuing story in it's third installment does not quite meet the standard of the first two, but I'm still anxious to read what happens next.
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I like the first two books but think the see future hook is getting dull. A lot of the military battles are being jumped over now.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Amazing book to read, I couldn't put the book down. Now i can't wait for the next book to come so that I can read it.
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Read it the day it came out and am impatiently waiting for the next. Love all her series but this one is the best.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thought it was an excellent read and I can't wait for the next one in the series!
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Ladydee2k More than 1 year ago
Excellent read! Good addition to the series. Some action but at times the story slows. After so long a wait I'm glad to have this but feel that I have another long wait for the next book.  =(