Against the Tide (Council Wars Series #3)

Against the Tide (Council Wars Series #3)

by John Ringo
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Against the Tide (Council Wars Series #3) by John Ringo

The world had been a paradise until the Fall, when the holders of the control codes for the world-spanning program called “Mother” fell out in civil war.

The United Free States felt well defended behind its screen of elite Dragon carriers that held sway in the Atlantis Ocean. But when New Destiny proved to have dragon carriers of its own, and more of them, the linch-pin of the UFS defense went out the window.

Now, with the UFS’ back to the wall, everything seems to be going New Destiny’s way.

But there are problems.

Edmund Talbot had never really studied naval warfare, but what he didn’t know about war in general hadn’t been written. So when he took over the UFS navy, at its moment of utter defeat, New Destiny’s problems were just starting.

And little did the instigator of the civil war, Paul Boman, know that his closest confidante was the daughter of the UFS’ head of intelligence. Megan Travante, for four years mired in a concubine’s harem, has just been recruited to be an agent in the enemy camp. Of course, she’s also planning on murdering Paul, just as soon as she gets a chance.

Herzer Herrick, the UFS’ premier ground fighter, has problems of his own. A man who’s “good with his hands” he’s also found he’s good with a dragon. Which is why he’s the XO of a dragon contingent instead of fighting in the front lines of the ground battle. With a crew of brand new pilots, undertrained dragons, untrained support personnel, the bitchiest dragon CO on Earth and a ship’s commander who’s half cat, he has enough problems for any one man. And then he gets an order that drops a whole passel more in his lap.

The battle of dragon carrier on dragon carrier is about to start, with the fleets pursuing each other over half the Atlantis Ocean in a game of cat-and-mouse.

But all the cats are on the side of the UFS.

About the Author
John Ringo had visited 23 countries and attended 14 schools by the time he graduated high school. This left him with a wonderful appreciation of the oneness of humanity and a permanent aversion to foreign food. He chose to study marine biology and really liked it. Unfortunately the pay was for beans. So he turned to quality control database management, where the pay was much better. His highest hopes were to someday upgrade to SQL Server, at which point, he thought, his life would be complete. But then Fate took a hand: John has become a professional science fiction writer, and is in the early stages of becoming fabulously wealthy, which his publisher has assured him is the common lot of science fiction writers who write for Baen Books. In addition to his own enthusiastically received and New York Times best-selling military SF series -- A Hymn Before Battle, Gust Front, When the Devil Dances, and Hell’s Faire -- he is collaborating with fellow New York Times best-selling author David Weber on a new SF adventure series: March Upcountry, March to the Sea, March to the Stars, and We Few, with more to come.

With his bachelor years spent in the airborne, cave diving, rock-climbing, rappelling, hunting, spear-fishing, and sailing, the author is now happy to let other people risk their necks. He prefers to write science fiction (both alone and in collaboration with David Weber and others) raise Arabian horses, dandle his kids, and watch the grass grow. Someday he may even cut it. But not today. Maybe tomorrow. Maybe he’ll just let the horses eat it.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780743498845
Publisher: Baen
Publication date: 02/28/2005
Series: Council Wars Series , #3
Pages: 416
Product dimensions: 6.12(w) x 9.25(h) x 1.28(d)

About the Author

John Ringo had visited 23 countries and attended 14 schools by the time he graduated high school. This left him with a wonderful appreciation of the oneness of humanity and a permanent aversion to foreign food. A veteran of the 82nd Airborne, he brings first-hand knowledge of military operations to his fiction. His novels for Baen include the four novels in the New York Times best-selling Posleen Invasion series (A Hymn Before Battle, Gust Front, When the Devil Dances, and Hell's Faire), the two (so far) novels in his new far-future series (There Will be Dragons and Emerald Sea), and three collaborations with New York Times best-selling author David Weber (March Upcountry, March to the Sea and March to the Stars).

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Against the Tide 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Edmund is and will be King. Herzer will remain a loyal knight. Bast kicks butt... Can't wait to read the next chapter.
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harstan More than 1 year ago
In the distant future, the United Free States felt safe inside its paradise. The UFS avoided war for centuries but spent a fortune on a military deterrent leading to a collective national ego believing that the country had military superiority over everyone. Thus a terrible defeat at sea to the tyrannical enemy New Destiny is a major shock though it should not have been since the UFS was using untrained dragons with sportsmen on a lark against skilled Dragon Carriers. --- The New Destiny invading force contained more than just Dragon Carrier superiority; other legendary warriors out of myth attacked a shocked nation turning it from a place of waste and plenty to a place of starvation and waste. Desperate to stem a tide that seems heading to certain defeat, the UFS names military genius Edmund Talbot to head the Navy. Stomping on Naval egos (not that defeat to the enemy would ever do that), foot soldier Herzer Herrick is selected to command a critical Dragon Fleet consisting of inexperienced dragons, untrained pilots, and unqualified combat support to go up against a superior in number, highly skilled war tested military machine.--- This novel is a sequel to THERE WILL BE DRAGONS and EMERALD SEA. AGAINST THE TIDE is military science fiction tale (with fantasy elements) that is well written and the plot can stand alone or follow the previous well written tales. The strong story line hooks the audience with plenty of action (much more than described above), terrific characters including a neat romance, and a fascinating differing historical perspective on real events. John Ringo provides a fantastic tale that will elate sub-genre readers, but also fascinate historiographers with the thought provoking look at history.--- Harriet Klausner
Guest More than 1 year ago
The first chapters are an impressive continuation of the Dragon Series. I am looking forward to the opportunity to finish it upon publication. In my opinion, John Ringo is one of the better military science fiction writers since Heinlein.