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by William C. Dietz, Sean Runnette

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In his latest science fiction novel, William C. Dietz tells the tale of a man whose job becomes nothing less than a mission to change the status quo.See more details below


In his latest science fiction novel, William C. Dietz tells the tale of a man whose job becomes nothing less than a mission to change the status quo.

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School Library Journal - Audio
Gr 3–7—Atkinson here adapts his bestselling The Guns at Last Light into a work aimed at a younger audience. It covers the planning for the assault, the invasion, and the aftereffects. It provides an overview and brief summary of the events, including information about everything from secret meetings to beach landing crafts. Listeners are provided with an astonishing amount of data, such as the number of maps used, total fatalities, and number of vehicles used. Jason Culp helps focus the drama with his authoritative narration. Of interest for middle and high school history students.—Denise A. Garofalo, Mount Saint Mary College, Newburgh, NY
Publishers Weekly
Known for his hard SF, Dietz (Legion of the Damned) changes pace with this engaging effort, whose philosophical themes evoke Isaac Asimov's classic Foundation series. In a bleak far future, many technological advances, including interstellar travel, have fallen into disuse, leaving most people in despair. Followers of a faith the author acknowledges is modeled on Buddhism cling to a faint hope for redemption when rumors circulate that a legendary spiritual leader has been reborn, but that good news is tempered by the existence of rival claimants for the position. Jak Rebo, a "runner" entrusted with valuable missions requiring travel between star systems, gets enmeshed in this religious conflict when he accompanies one of the aspirants to the planet where the tests to establish the true heir are to be administered. Action-packed, albeit with a few improbable escape scenes, this novel stands out with its intriguing spiritual explorations. Agent, Richard Curtis. (Oct.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Far-future, planet-hopping adventure, the first in a new series from the author of The Legion of the Damned novels (For Those Who Fell, 2004, etc.). Interstellar messenger Jak Rebo is contracted to carry a very special piece of cargo to the planet Thara-a young boy thought to be the reincarnation of a great spiritual leader. En route, Rebo and the boy cross paths with a woman "sensitive" who runs afoul of the Techno Society when she channels the spirit of its founder in a public forum. Circumstances force them to work together, but with assassins trying to kill both the boy and the sensitive, delivering this package intact will be the toughest assignment of Rebo's career. Rebo and company are likable, plucky heroes, and the pulse-pounding action sequences make for a fast and enjoyable read. The story is full of inventive concepts and has a richly detailed setting-one readers will no doubt look forward to exploring more deeply in future volumes. For fans of space opera and action/adventure, this one is not to be missed.
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"Far-future, planet-hopping adventure . . . this one is not to be missed." —Kirkus

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Product Details

Tantor Media, Inc.
Publication date:
Run Duology Series, #1
Edition description:
Unabridged CD
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 5.30(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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