It is six hundred years in the future and mankind has learned to move between the stars . . . by going into Two-Space, the vast realm where sentient wooden ships travel beneath canvas sails in a universe that is corrosive to technology. As they charged headlong into the galaxy, humans discovered others who were already there: The elven Sylvans who live in the vast forests of low-gravity worlds, the dwarven Dwarrowdelf who thrive deep in the mines of high-gravity worlds, and other, far more alien races. The ancient Sylvan race is enchanted by the human culture, embracing Tolkien as prophecy and taking "classic" human science fiction as a guide. Against this stellar backdrop, Lt. Thomas Melville's ship is mortally wounded in a cowardly surprise attack. With his captain killed, Melville must capture a feral, sentient enemy ship, then must fight his way across the galaxy to warn of the vast invading armada. In an odyssey of turmoil and battle he forges his ship and crew into a mighty weapon of war and earns the love of an alien princess. Now, if he can only survive the attacks of two very angry alien empires, and avoid being court martialed by his own nation of Westerness for getting them involved in a vast intergalactic war, he might live to enjoy the fruits of his labor.
|Series:||Baen Science Fiction Ser.|
|Product dimensions:||4.20(w) x 6.60(h) x 1.30(d)|
About the Author
Leo Frankowski is widely known for the popular "Cross-Time Engineer" series, which has gone through six novels to date, with translated editions in Italy, Spain, and Poland. Frankowski was nominated for the John W. Campbell award for best new writer. He has held more than a hundred different positions, ranging from scientist in an electro-optical research lab to chief engineer to company president. His work in chemical and optical instrumentation has earned him several patents. Currently a writer and consulting engineer, he lives with his new Russian wife and teenage daughter in Tver, Russia.
Dave Grossman is a retired U.S. Army Lt. Colonel, West Point Psychology Professor, Professor of Military Science, Army Ranger, and lifelong SF fan. He started his military career as a paratrooper and a sergeant before attending OCS. Colonel Grossman is the author of the Pulitzer nominated book, On Killing, which is used as required reading in courses at military academies, police academies, and colleges worldwide. He has written many other scholarly and popular works, and since his retirement from the military in 1998, he now travels the world almost 300 days a year, training elite military and law enforcement organizations.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
It's centuries in the future, but because interstellar travel destroys advanced technology humanity is limited to pre-industrial tech on most worlds. The alien races and low technology give the book a Fantasy feel that is somewhat similar to John Ringo's Council Wars series. However, in contrast to the Council Wars, the heroes here are not super-human. Instead, they are realistic people, trying to adapt to whatever life throws at them. Since life in this case involves a sneak attack by an enemy followed by the beginnings of a war, that's not easy, even for trained fighters. The characters are lovingly crafted by a Dave Grossman, a combat psychologist. They 'feel' very real, ready to just off the page. The one problem I have with this book is the sequel, or rather lack thereof. It's too good a book not to have a sequel to it.
This novel is a perfect example on how to totally mess up what promised to be a good story line. The attempt to make this a good fantasy fiction novel simply failed by all the 'distractions' that one come across while reading. One or both of the authors try to give a 'deep' meaning by almost continuosly quoting the poetry of others in what must be an effort to try and explain the feelings of their characters at that time. If it is of value to clearly indicate the emotional state of the principal subject or of others then it is a simple matter to indicate anger, jubilation or whatever by a basic indication. The authors revert to poems written by someone else to try and set the stage for the emotions in play at that time. It seems as if at least 40% of the book is taken up by quoting the poetry of others. Frankly, if I want to read a lot of poetry then I will buy a slim volume of that type of reading. Then, when nearing the end, the story gets wrapped up in a hurry just as if the authors had counted the number of pages needed to come up with something beyond a pamphlet. All in all, a very disappointing effort. Learn from my mistake - pass this one by!