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Lt. Leary Commanding [Kindle Edition]

David Drake
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"David Drake has distinguished himself as the master of the mercenary science fiction novel. He has developed a following for his Slammers just short of cult proportions". -- Rave Reviews

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Into Harm's Way!

Lieutenant Daniel Leary of the Republic of Cinnabar Navy commands the corvette Princess Cecile; his friend Signals Officer Adele Mundy has the latest in spy apparatus and the skill to prowl the most tightly guarded database. All they lack are enemies, and fate is about to supply that need in abundance!

A hostage uses the Princess Cecile to regain his freedom-and his throne!

An ally intrigues with enemies of Cinnabar-knowing the plot can only be safeguarded by destroying the Princess Cecile!

A pirate chief joins in a cutthroat battle with a rival-and the Princess Cecile is a pawn!

Daniel, Adele, and their crack crew must battle bureaucrats and traitors, the winds of a barren desert and the strains of a voyage never before attempted. If they succeed at every stage, their reward will be the chance to fight another enemy: one which can blow them and a hundred ships like theirs to vapor!


Action, color and heroics merge with the gritty realities of war and politics in a story that never slows down. Indeed, how could it slow down, with


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Vietnam veteran, former lawyer, former bus driver, and now bestselling author, David Drake tells a military story like no other. His readers recognize that he can take them where no one else can, with gut-wrenching description that puts them face-to-face with the enemy, and in the midst of the action right on the battlefield. He helped create the audience for mercenary military science fiction with his best-selling "Hammer's Slammers" books. Drake graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Iowa, majoring in history (with honors) and Latin. His stint at Duke University Law School was interrupted for two years by the U.S. Army, where he served as an enlisted interrogator with the 11th Armored Cavalry in Vietnam and Cambodia. Drake has a wife, a son, and various pets.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 772 KB
  • Print Length: 576 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Baen Books; 1 edition (9 Dec. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00AP91QUE
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #52,260 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Book 2 in the Lt. Leary saga 16 April 2008
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I really enjoy this series with its black humour. The way the characters are described and act is rather different from most Sci-Fi space opera, full of faults and character deficiences.
Lt. Leary is a skilled tactician and very able on a ship but needs hidden assistance off it. With his freind Adele Mundy who is generally clumsy but able to break into any information system and a deadly shot as well(Actually a superspy) they deal with unwinnable situations.
This is a sci-fi version of Patrick O'Brians sailing ship sagas. Indeed the spaceships even sail through space with masts and sails to shift them through other universes.
Great fun.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars My newest Hero! 7 Feb. 2013
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Another wonderful military adventure by Mr Drake. This one was full of twists and turns and as action packed as I could have hoped for. Mr Leary is becoming as interesting to read about as Honor Harrington or Miles Vorkosigan, my all time favourite heroes of space adventures.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent! 14 Feb. 2013
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An excellent example of military science fiction. Very readable, not a demanding literary experience, but good fun nontheless. I recomend reading the entire series.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lt Leary Commanding RCN Princess Cecile 1 Dec. 2009
By Rondom
Format:Mass Market Paperback
The first book in the excellent 'Lt Leary' series - Leary himself is a junior officer, and in this book we get to met the ensemble cast who are such a major part of the appeal of the novels in the series. The novels are swashbuckling space navy tales in the 'Hornblower' tradition, and stand comparison against the Honorverse novels of David Weber. Recommended for those who like military space combat and small unit ground action told with wit and flair.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A worthy space opera 16 Jun. 2000
By A Customer - Published on
Drake can be a spotty author, with a tendency toward overly graphic violence and language and a sloppy sense of continuity. None of that detracts from this book, which is the best (along with companion novel "With the Lightnings" which should be read first) of recent space opera (meaning the last couple of Weber or Moon novels.) Engaging characters, interesting non-military themes (library and data science, natural history) running through the books, and rollicking adventure. Also the only really engaging space battle I have ever read. A homage to Aubrey and Maturin that works and is a great addition to Drake's canon.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A great night's entertainment 3 Jan. 2003
By G. W. Sims - Published on
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Very readable, as always with Drake, but less brutally descriptive of battle injuries than his early work. Action without angst if you will. Less obsessed with convincing us of the horror of war than was the younger Drake.
Without spoiling the plot, Lt Leary's success in the first episode of this series ("With The Lightnings") brings attention that makes him the intended pawn in a political scheme. Action is the essence of the book rather than debate about the issues. (If you care about the issues, they are sketched from actual historical conflicts, so pick up any non-fiction book about the period from 1500 to 1900 and meditate away. Drake assumes you took a history class or two and know where to find such discussions. This book entertains you with the people, not the issues.)
The characters are easy to enjoy, but not to understand, unless you read the first book in the series where their relationships are formed. Having done that makes evident the development in the characters. The earlier comparison to Patrick O'Brian's Aubrey and Maturin is apt. A good many references in POB novels are obscure if you haven't read the early books, and the interaction between the POB characters occasionally startles you, if you don't know their shared background.
The books of this Drake series offer a light meal from the same ingredients POB uses to create a banguet. I'd give POB five stars for most of his novels and I'm only rating this one four. I've read the POB books several times and still found more each time. I'm not sure that's a recommendation for POB if you just want a "cracking good yarn" to fill an evening. Drake provides that. Worth buying.
14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Whiff of Nelson & Ceasar & Well, You Name It 11 Aug. 2000
By Dianna Deeley - Published on
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I hope I can keep up the standard of the other reviewers, all three of whom were clear and concise.
This is a good space opera. It's also an interesting combination of the aftermath of the Cataline Conspiracy, Ceasar (guys, this author knows Rome), Nelson's navy (note the requirements for advancement, and the majority of details of ship handling), and (as Drake openly warns us) a quick slice of American naval history.
First of all, let's get to the bare bones assessment:
Buy it, and enjoy. I can't say you'll keep it, especially if your bookcases are in the state mine are, but it's worth your money in hardbound.
Now the discussion of why I think this:
The relationship between Leary and my favorite viewpoint character, Adele Mundy, is very good. A portrayal of an unlikely friendship that benefits both sides, one personality analyzing it, the other simply pleased to have it, is great. Also, Drake gets to use Adele to explain the Navy through Leary's lectures, and Adele to explain politics.
No one has yet touched on that part of it, and it's important. Adele Mundy may be a touch morbid, but with the history we're shown, she should be. The detachment, the precision, and the ability to empty herself of emotion, or at least treat emotion just as another factor, not be overwhelmed by it (except with regard to the house, and three cheers for her attack on the parvenu vulgarity she tosses out), is an excellent examination of the requirements to survive a (how shall I put this?) coup of naked force. Compare Adele to the character of Vaughn. They have very different interests, granted. But which of them would you want beside you?
Drake always delivers on the action. This time, without being heavy handed (a sin of his in some other books), he handles historical politics with imagination and flair.
The other reviewers are right. Read "With the Lightnings" first. There are too many references back to that book for this to stand on its own. This is one of the few times when I can honestly say, though, that the sequel is better than the first book.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Both characters and adventure--oh my 16 Oct. 2000
By booksforabuck - Published on
First off, this is highly reminiscent of Patrick O'Brian's Aubrey/Maturin series--Leary is the girl-chasing overweight but likable hero and Adele is the intellectual spy/killer sidekick. So what? Aubrey/Maturin is great and it's still great when Drake does it in Space Opera.
David Drake weaves together appealing (not always likable) characters and a plot that escalates from personal danger (lots of that) to threats to whole worlds. The unspoken sexual tension between Leary and Adele adds to the reader appeal without being heavyhanded.
Maybe it's just me, but I enjoyed a space battle that didn't come down to the recently invented brilliant weapon which the other side didn't expect and did exactly the wrong thing.
Maybe it won't stick to you forever, but you won't put it down either.
12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An exceptionally entertaining tale... 21 Jun. 2000
By J. Hansen - Published on
Cross O'Bryan's Aubrey-Maturin novels with Weber's Honor Harrington series and you've got a pretty good idea of where Lt.Leary Commanding is going to take you. Drake delivers all the action and adventure we've come to expect, but it is a perhaps less expected pleasure to discover that the true strength of this tale is in the depth and development of his characters. Drake has really found the zone and hit his stride and in that respect does Weber one better, spreading before us, like the varied and delectable delights of a dessert cart: the cool and ever precise Adele Mundy; the sociopath, Tovera; Leary, hisownself, a cheerful and sunny soul, but all business and absolutely fearless in a crisis... I could go on, but you get the picture. Actually, the interaction between Mundy and Leary is intriguing in part because Drake has taken the platonic affection of the Aubrey-Maturin bond and given it a male-female gender twist. Few authors attempt to portray a deep, compelling, yet non-sexual, friendship between a man and a woman, and even fewer do so convincingly, or manage to keep it interesting. In this regard, the relationship, if not the distribution of emotional qualities, is reminiscent of the Willie Garvin - Modest Blaise relationship (for those of you willing to forgive the genre skipping and passage of 30 years <g>). Drake has delivered an entertaining and rewarding yarn. Good stuff.
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