Powers That Be (Petaybee Series #1)

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Strange things were happening on the icy planet called Petaybee. Unauthorized genetically engineered species had been spotted, while some people were simply disappearing. None of the locals were talking to the company, so the company sent disabled combat veteran Yanaba Maddock to spy. But a strange thing happened. With her relocation to the arctic planet came a return of Yana's health and strength. And the more she got to know the people of Petaybee, the more determined she ...
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Overview

Strange things were happening on the icy planet called Petaybee. Unauthorized genetically engineered species had been spotted, while some people were simply disappearing. None of the locals were talking to the company, so the company sent disabled combat veteran Yanaba Maddock to spy. But a strange thing happened. With her relocation to the arctic planet came a return of Yana's health and strength. And the more she got to know the people of Petaybee, the more determined she became to protect her new home....

A dazzling collaboration by two award-winning SF talents. Sent to the icy planet of Petaybee, Major Yanaba Maddock has a mission to spy for the Company--a corporation eager to exploit the planet's resources. But something strange and wonderful is happening on Petaybee--something Yanaba is willing to battle her superiors--at all costs--to protect.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
A frontier society outwits a big, uncaring parent company in this appealing joint venture by McCaffrey ( Damia's Children ) and Scarborough ( The Healer's War ), the Hugo and Nebula Award-winning representatives of two generations of science fiction writers. Major Yanaba Maddock, medically retired with severely damaged lungs after military action aboard a space station, is pressured into acting as a spy by her employer, the sinister Intergal corporation. Colonel Giancarlo, local head of psychological operations, seeks evidence that colonists on the bitterly cold and inhospitable planet Petaybee are abducting company geological survey teams, engaging in illegal genetic engineering and plotting rebellion. Yana finds the locals charming, helpful and uncannily effective as healers; their home remedies salvage her ruined lungs. As the company and its forces move in to quell what they perceive as rebellion, Yana casts her lot with the Petaybeans and geneticist Sean Shongili, the man she has come to love. Perceptive characterizations and a vivid depiction of a nurturing culture integrated with nature make up for the somewhat hackneyed plot. (July)
Library Journal
Forced by her ruined lungs to resign from active service with the Company, Major Yanaba Maddock ``retires'' to the ice-bound planet of Petaybee with an order to mingle with the colonists and discover the source of certain anomalies on the planet. What she finds is both a new way of life and a challenge to all the loyalties she has ever known. Award-winning author McCaffrey (the ``Dragonriders of Pern'' series) and Scarborough ( The Healer's War , Bantam, 1989) combine their talents to produce an exciting tale of survival and moral courage featuring an engaging female protagonist. This fast-paced adventure belongs in most collections.
School Library Journal
YA-A well-written, entertaining novel. Ex-soldier Major Yanaba Maddock has retired to the ``company'' planet of Petaybee due to major lung damage from poison gas. Strange things are going on there. Survey teams are disappearing, and the locals are acting suspiciously. As it turns out, the planet is alive and the natives have formed a beneficial symbiotic relationship with it, and it is threatened by the exploitive company that is mining precious gems. While not a completely original idea, the story will be enjoyed by McCaffrey and Scarborough fans alike.-John Lawson, Fairfax County Public Library, VA
Sally Estes
Two popular sf/fantasy writers have joined forces to create a singular world, the icy planet Petaybee, which has been terraformed and stocked not only with genetically engineered flora and fauna that can withstand temperatures that range as low as minus 200 degrees Fahrenheit, but also with cold-weather natives displaced from their homelands by the company. For 200 years the planet has been used as a replacement depot for the company's troops. Now Major Yanaba Maddock, whose lungs have been severely damaged by poison gas, has been retired to Petaybee, where she is assigned to spy on the civilian populace, which the company suspects has caused the disappearance or death of company geologists searching for mineral deposits. What Yana finds, however, is a friendly, welcoming group of people whose lives are so attuned to the planet that they seem a part of it. As she acclimates and heals and learns more about her new home, Yana determines to protect her new friends from the company's machinations. Infused with an overriding sense of Inuit and Celtic lore, the story is an engrossing one in which characterizations are well defined and suspense is sustained till the planet's secret is revealed.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780345387790
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 5/28/1994
  • Series: Petaybee Series , #1
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 717,709
  • Product dimensions: 6.74 (w) x 11.02 (h) x 0.92 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 13, 2014

    A good story

    I adore the Petaybee Series, the characters are fantastic and the story is interesting. Reading it you can tell that it is a story from Anne McCaffrey's mind but written by a different voice. I do wish it was solely a McCaffrey story but Scarborough has a good voice that spins the tale well. I would recommend reading the whole series, I think the Twins story is much better but this gives you the details behind the other trilogy.

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    Poor

    Amateurish and philosophically naive.

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