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Hellburner [Paperback]

C J Cherryh
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3 Jun 1993
Following the debacle on their ship in "Heavy Time", Dekker and Pollard have been separated. Dekker has been testing out new, fast, powerful ships - the Hellburners - but something's gone wrong and Pollard is brought back to find out what.

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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder Paperbacks; New edition edition (3 Jun 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0450572919
  • ISBN-13: 978-0450572913
  • Product Dimensions: 17.2 x 11 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 487,206 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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C. J. Cherryh, an American, is a winner of the prestigious Hugo Award for science fiction. With critical acclaim, many prizes and a string of bestselling novels, she holds a position as one of the most important science fiction writers of our day.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Training the 'Right Stuff' 27 Oct 2002
Format:Mass Market Paperback
There are very few sequels that measure up to the quality of the first item, let alone exceed it, but this is one of them. As a direct continuation of the story begun in Heavy Time, we meet Pollard, Dekker, Sal, and Meg again, now involved in the prototype testing of the first of the rider ships that figure prominently in later stories about the Alliance/Union war.
But, like most Cherryh novels, very little happens in a simple, straightforward way. Instead of proper, objective testing, with each test run's results carefully and scientifically analyzed and appropriate changes made, we find ourselves in the middle of a horrendously complicated multi-corner battle between the designing corporations, Senatorial committees, two competing military factions, and near social war between Earth-born test pilots and those raised in the asteroid belt, each of whom is driving their own point of view of how the equipment should be configured and the pilots trained. And just to throw in a further complication, we start the book with Dekker back in the hospital after a disastrous simulator accident which may be no accident at all, but rather attempted murder. But Dekker can't remember how or who put him in the simulator. The problems of the 'Hellburner' itself, of how you handle an attack ship moving at significant fractions of the speed of light, where your targets must be described in terms of probability arcs, of vector changes and millisecond decisions even with major computer help, are fascinating in their own right, an excellent setting around which to weave her plot.
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The team from 'Heavy Time' are back together again as part of a top secret military project to develop the 'Hellburner'. The book gets bogged down slightly in places, and some of the background isn't very well fleshed out (even if you have read 'Heavy Time'), but, like most of Cherryh's work, one gets very involved with the characters and finds oneself unwilling to put the book down until one has finished it - at which point one finds oneself wanting to know more. Not one of her best, but still very good!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Full throttle ahead 17 April 2000
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Like all of C J Cherryh's books this is really about the personnal interactions of the characters and as such the characters themselves are well drawn and absorbing. The background is the testing of the rider ships called 'Hellburners' that are so fast that they the human pilots can only control them via an onbard mega-computer and even so the ships are simulators are killing and incapacitating crews at a staggering rate. You enter the story after the dramatic failure of the latest test and the resultant death of it's crew and you are immediat;y dropped into a turmoil of interpersonnal relationships and, the other staple of Ms Cherryh's writing, ultra realistic politics. If you want fighters dog fighting in space and light sabres then this isn't the book for you, if you want well drawn characters interacting in a well drawn universe then there are few better writers then C J Cherryh and few better books than this.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Early Years 6 Nov 2008
Format:Paperback
For some reason, I don't like this book (or it's companion, Heavy Time) as much as the other Union/Alliance novels.
The two books are set much earlier than all the other novels, at a time when the Earth Companies are expanding their influence and the military is building up it's Fleet. Only Sol Station has been built and expansion into FTL travel is still a dream.
In this novel, Dekker and his friends are manoeuvered into discovering why the newly designed military ships nicknamed Hellburners are killing their pilots with such regularity. As with all Cherryh novels, things are not always what they seem and Dekker soon has a big problem on his hands, trying to keep the latest Hellburner from killing him.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Carry on 25 Feb 2005
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This book gives us all a chance to catch up with the characters of the first book and to see them progress or not as the case may be. As usual you are sucked in to the authors writing and do not want to put the book down. if you liked tripoint or merchanters luck then you will like this
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