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The Tower And The Hive (The Tower & Hive Sequence)
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The Tower And The Hive (The Tower & Hive Sequence) [Kindle Edition]

Anne McCaffrey
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Amazon Review

Anne McCaffrey's greatest success is the lengthy "Dragonriders of Pern" science-fantasy sequence that began with the award-winning 1968 Dragonflight. In 1990 The Rowan inaugurated her less well-known "Tower and the Hive" SF series, of which this is the fifth and last. This romantic interstellar soap-opera now stars three generations of extended family, with much pairing-off and discreet sex. Leading characters all have envied Talents like telepathy or teleportation: passengers and cargo are flicked across deep space by human mind-power. The plot is tangled and episodic, major strands being the biological problems of dealing humanely with genocidal "Hiver" aliens defeated in the previous volume and solving the overpopulation problem of humanity's furry allies the Mrdini (who have names like Prtglm and Gktmglnt). Other issues come and go with soap- operatic suddenness, like the promising bad guy who plans revenge for his humiliation and then quietly turns into a good guy instead; or the assassination plot organised by a human xenophobe, which fizzles so quickly that there's no time for the thrill of suspense. The Tower and the Hive is a lightweight SF romp whose substantial back-story and large cast list are best approached through the four earlier books. --David Langford

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Concluding her magnificent five-book sequence begun in The Rowan.

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In this, the fifth book in the Tower and the Hive series, the children of Damia and Afra Lyon take up new and demanding responsibilities - trying to discover the whereabouts of all the Hiver-occupied worlds. For the Hivers are still a terrible threat and can bring total annihilation to both humans and their furry allies the Mrdini unless the remaining Hiver Queens can be prevented from further colonization. And a startling additional problem has arisen with the Mrdini. No longer dying as drastically as they once had in their ceaseless struggle against the Hivers, they face a serious population explosion and need the help of the Medical Prime Zara Lyon.

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Concluding her magnificent five-book sequence begun in The Rowan.

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Much had been done to limit and destroy the powers of the terrible Hivers, who had torn through space annihilating every living thing that stood in their way. But still the Alliance - of Human and furry Mrdini - had to discover the whereabouts of every last Hiver world and stop the Queens from further colonization.

Of Damia's children, some were put on the Hiver search, and others, the gifted and valuable T-1 Talents, were worked to the point of exhaustion as planets destroyed by the Hivers were opened up for colonization by the rapidly exploding Mrdini population.

And there was dissent within the Star League Worlds - a growing resentment of the power and privileges of the Talents, most especially the dynasty that stemmed from the Rowan and Damia. As a new Talent, Vagrian, a flawed T-2, was shipped in to help Laria's

exhausted team, he brought with him tension and antagonism, an outward sign of the trouble fermenting among the Star Worlds.

About the Author

Anne McCaffrey, the Hugo award winning author of the bestselling Dragonriders of Pern novels, is one of science fiction's most popular authors. She lives in a house of her own design, Dragonhold-Underhill, in County Wicklow, Ireland. Visit the author's website at
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