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Shadowline (The Starfishers Trilogy, Volume 1) Mass Market Paperback – 1 Jan 1982


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It's a travesty... 19 Jan. 2005
By D. Becker - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
that this book has been out of print for so long. In my opinion this is Glen Cook's best book (although at times I think that The Dragon Never Sleeps may be almost as good).

This is the story of the Storms - a family of mercenaries in the far distant future and their generation-spanning vendetta against Norbon w'Deeth - the head of a massive criminal syndicate who blames the Storms for the deaths of his family and the near destruction of their criminal empire in a raid on his homeworld. The book can be enjoyed on a deeper level than as just a straightforward military sci-fi story, however. I don't want to give everything away but, for those who are interested, I recommend checking out the dedication. Also, I highly recommend the book The Norse Myths by Kevin Crossley - Holland. Every time I reread the book I enjoy looking for parallels I haven't noticed before.

One of the main strengths of the book is in the characters. The story is very effectively told through multiple points of view and you really come to care about each of the characters, Even the villains are, if not likeable, at least understandable and compelling, doing what they do because of their carefully detailed histories and psychologies.

All - in - all, this is not just one of the best ever one of the best military sci-fi novels ever, but one of my all time favorite books.
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It's a travesty... 19 Jan. 2005
By D. Becker - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
that this book has been out of print for so long. In my opinion this is Glen Cook's best book (although at times I think that _the Dragon Never Sleeps_ may be almost as good).

This is the story of the Storms - a family of mercenaries in the far distant future and their generation-spanning vendetta against Norbon w'Deeth - the head of a massive criminal syndicate who blames them for the deaths of his family and the near destruction of their criminal empire in a raid on his homeword. The book can be enjoyed on a much deeper level than as just a straightforward military sci-fi story, however. I don't want to give everything away, but for those who are interested, I recommend checking out the dedication. Also, I highly recommend the book _The Norse Myths_ by Kevin Crossley-Holland. Every time I reread the book I enjoy looking for parallels I haven't noticed before.

One of the main strengths of the book is the characters. The story is very effectively told through multiple points of view, and you really come to care about each of the characters. Even the villains are, if not likeable, at least understandable and compelling, doing what they do because of their carefully detailed histories and psychologies.

All-in-all, this is not just one of the best military sci-fi novels ever, but one of my all time favorite books.
very enjoyable political/intrigue military sf 15 July 2006
By Woofdog - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
comparisons to dune with this book are fair in the context of the almost too convoluted politial and family relations that the principals have. the military element is typical excellent cook material. I was somewhat unsympathetic with col. storm's need to keep his word to not kill Dee despite circumstances even early in the book.

the time-line moves to present the early life of deeth were initially somewhat disjointed, later fleshed out 2 sides of the final conflicts.

Edit - I reread this in April 2008. I would add that the political intrigue reminded me more of Dragon Never Sleeps than, say, Tower of Fear. I still remain unsympathetic to Storm's promise to not kill Michael Dee, his half-brother, despite being mutually willing to horribly maim each others' children. Cook makes Dee out as such a manipulating scumbag so early (even before we learn about Fearchild, Valerie, etc) that the reader is left baffled that this guy is still alive after centuries of this.

I did enjoy rereading this book a lot. Functionally it is a stand-alone novel, as the 2 remaining starfisher books are very different in tone and would be more accurately described as a 2-book series set in the Shadowline universe following the adventures of one of the (few) surviving characters from Shadowline.
Deep, strange and political. 29 Sept. 2011
By Less Thannaman - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
If you are into stories of back-stabbing, butt kissing, poison pill, ungrateful family members and political intrigue this is for you. There are several stories going on here that center around Black World, yeah, a planet of mostly black people from earth that are the descendants of miners; Obadiah is the ruler of Black World and he answers to some mysterious corporate goons. These dudes mine precious metals for the corporations that get rich off of their work while (you guessed it) paying them very little. This planet is in a fixed orbit where the sun always shines on one side, making it extremely hot... like over a thousand degrees! Now there are a few crazy miners that drive these mammoth train-like vehicles into the sun in order to retrieve melted metals. One such tractor driver is a man called Frog; a veteran miner and stepfather to an orphaned white girl that the story eventually centers around. There's a lot going on here and it is the first part of the Starfishers Trilogy... a good read if you are into detail.
Cook! 26 Feb. 2013
By william t frantz - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback Verified Purchase
I can hardly wait to crack open this book! Glen Cook is my favorite contemporary science fiction writer. His realism, grit and hard-boiled characters are a joy. Gotta go . . .
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