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They Also Serve

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by Mike Moscoe
 

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A WAR WITHIN
 
Colonel Ray Longknife and Marine Captain Mary Rodrigo were once enemies in an interstellar war. Now they’re working together to keep the peace. But can they protect themselves from an enemy they can’t even see?
 
When a bad space jump flings their starship thousands of light-years away from home, Longknife and

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A WAR WITHIN
 
Colonel Ray Longknife and Marine Captain Mary Rodrigo were once enemies in an interstellar war. Now they’re working together to keep the peace. But can they protect themselves from an enemy they can’t even see?
 
When a bad space jump flings their starship thousands of light-years away from home, Longknife and Rodrigo make an amazing discovery: a planet inhabited by the descendants of a ship’s crew—lost three hundred years earlier.
 
As acting ambassador, Longknife is eager to welcome the planet’s population back into the fold of humanity. But Rodrigo is suspicious. She senses that something is wrong under the planet’s veneer of peace and prosperity. And she’s right....

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KLIATT
Ray Longknife is a wounded war veteran hobbling on canes and determined to use his new role of bureaucrat to keep a peace painfully bought by civil war. However, on an interstellar jump to a meeting, the engines misfire due to sabotage, and Ray and his military escort are flung randomly through the jumpgate, far across the galactic disk, out of fuel and without reference points. Picking up a 300-year-old distress signal, they find a thriving colony descended from a ship lost during the earlier experimental voyages. Two local children find an unfolding box and accidentally evaporate a mountaintop. In response, an ancient artificial intelligence (AI) integrated into the composition of the planet itself wakes up and begins to question what's going on. Under its subliminal prodding, the residents perpetrate violent acts and in an effort to determine the cause, Ray's doctor finds not only viruses in all the humans' blood but brain tumors as well, particularly well developed in Ray and a small group of albino children. The increased attempts of the splintered AI to control the humans are driving them further into rampages that Ray tries to use his small numbers of soldiers to stop. In addition, the AI has turned the weather patterns into weapons, they can't return home with the virus contamination, and most dangerous of all, the renegade children still have the box. Steadily engrossing, extremely well plotted, very believable on all levels, an excellent read. KLIATT Codes: JSA—Recommended for junior and senior high school students, advanced students, and adults. 2001, Berkley/Ace, 357p, 18cm, $6.50. Ages 13 to adult. Reviewer: Liz LaValley; Mattapoisett, MA, May 2001 (Vol. 35 No.3)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780441007950
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
01/15/2001
Series:
A Jump Universe Novel Series
Pages:
368
Sales rank:
324,646
Product dimensions:
4.19(w) x 6.75(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

Mike Moscoe is a full-time writer who lives in the Pacific Northwest. As Mike Shepherd,  he has written the very popular Kris Longknife military science fiction adventures, including Kris Longknife: Daring and Kris Longknife: Redoubtable.

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They Also Serve 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I give this one an A+! I haven't enjoyed a book so much since I read Mike's Lost Millennium Trilogy. This book had the best of both series. Action, great plot, human/machine drama, science fiction sociology, twists and turns, and unique drama! Getting Ray Longknife and Mary Rodrigo back together was a stroke of genius. Using both their memories and personal history allowed the book to stand alone for first time readers. I believe that new readers will want to go and buy the first two books. I haven't seen such social play since the Lost Millennium Trilogy. Some adult readers have been saddened by the lack of cerebral action in the 'Post Lost Millennium Series'. In this book, Mike draws them back in. Weapons play was excellent, and using air rifles on a planet devoid of most minerals was a great idea. Primary characters were easy to like or hate, as were the minor characters. Why I felt sorry for Vicki Sterling in the end, I'll never know!
harstan More than 1 year ago
The war is over with the Unity Party defeated. Ray Longknife, part of the winning team, killed the unity Party¿s President. As a reward for his bravery, Ray is now Wardhaven¿s Minister of Science and Technology. In a further ironic twist, Ray married the woman who crippled him during the war. They expect their first child soon.

On a routine diplomatic mission, Ray¿s spaceship is sabotaged and he and the crew end up leaping into an uncharted galaxy. They land on the nearest habitable planet, which the inhabitants of the lost Santa Maria spaceship have colonized. When the spacers land, they upset the social dynamics leading to strange happenings. They learn that the colonists shared a planet for over three hundred years with an unknown being, who can change the molecular structure of their brains. When warfare seems imminent, Ray and his soldiers implement a battle plan that will either destroy the planet or return it to humanity.

THEY ALSO SERVE is populated with characters that seem to live in any neighborhood, which makes it easy to care what happens to the cast as they move from one trauma to another crisis. The fast-paced story line is filled with action, but author Mike Moscoe changes the pace occasionally with thought-provoking concept that impels the reader to reflect for a moment. Mr. Moscoe provides the audience with a powerful military science fiction.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago