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With the Lightnings, Second Edition (RCN Series Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

David Drake
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Book Description

Now with a new Afterword by David Drake

A Friendship Forged in Hell!

Daniel Leary is a lieutenant in the Republic of Cinnabar Navy with no money and no prospects since he quarreled with his ruthless, politically powerful father.

Adele Mundy is a scholar with no money and no prospects since her family was massacred for conspiring against the Government of Cinnabar.

Kostroma is a wealthy planet which depends on diplomacy to stay independent in a galaxy whose two great powers, Cinnabar and the Alliance, battle for supremacy.

In a few hours, diplomacy is going to fail Kostroma. Daniel, Adele, and the scratch crew they gather aren't much to stand in the way of a powerful invasion fleet, but just possibly they're enough.

Men and women who hold courage cheap and honor more dear than life itself face impossible odds in a novel of color, intrigue and slashing action. From the corridors of a treason-ridden palace through the perils of unknown seas and hellish jungles to a final blazlng climax in space, the heroes never bow and the action never flags.

They have nothing on their side but each other—and heaven help whatever tries to stand in their way!

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"... vintage Drake, fast paced, heroic, and ending in a rousing climax".-- Science Fiction Chronicle

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 580 KB
  • Print Length: 420 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0671578189
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Baen Books; 2 edition (9 Dec. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #479,272 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, even though it's been done before 3 Nov. 1998
By A Customer
If you enjoy space opera, this book is for you. Drake writes about a group of sailors (and one civilian) trapped on a planet which changes sides in an ongoing interstellar war. They change from welcome guests, to being hunted by their former hosts. If you are a David Drake fan, you will recognize this as being very similar to the situation in THE FORLORN HOPE--And you will be right. But this is not merely a rehashing of the same theme--The story is different, and very enjoyable and moving. To survive, the protagonists have to learn to depend on each other. I felt THE FORLORN HOPE was a better book, but this book is still excellent.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Much better than expected 2 May 2011
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I started reading With the Lightnings by established writer of military science fiction David Drake with low expectations, hoping to be surprised. Military science fiction, it seemed likely to me, is the sub-category of the genre most likely to exhibit its worst excesses: boys, their toys, and really dodgy science.

I hoped I was wrong because the friend who recommended David Drake is a skeptic, and unlikely to put up with the worst excesses of anything.

A gradual reconsideration followed. Big vapourising impeller guns aside, the book was more concerned to establish its two heroes, one a heroine with, presumably, breasts and thighs but of an undisclosed size, who plays a full part in the story rather than existing so the hero can save her. It also describes an exotic but not overblown universe.

There's relatively little fighting in With the Lightnings although I found it less convincing, relying too much on dressing up as the other side, faking foreign accents, and trussing the baddies and leaving them somewhere unpleasant.

Early on I lamented the absence of a Big Scientific Idea, a planet lit by so many suns insanity grips humanity whenever night falls or a scientific method of predicting the future, like the big Asimovian ideas that enthralled me when I read science fiction as a teenager.

But as I read on I was caught up in the adventure and something the hard SF I'm more accustomed to sometimes gives little attention: characters and how the extreme circumstances they're in changes them.

With the Lightnings is the story of a librarian and a low-ranking naval officer caught up in a coup d'état on a foreign planet.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Drake's best to date! 29 Oct. 1998
By A Customer
This is, in my opinion, Drake's best to date. I even likedit better than "Forlorn Hope" - which was my previous favorite. I'd give it a ten on a scale of one to ten.
I think most of you who like Drake will love this one. For those of you who aren't fans of Drake, I will say that this novel doesn't have the "dark" emotional overlay that some of his works have, in particular many of the "Hammer's Slammers" series. It is a rousing adventure with well drawn and likeable characacters.
The main characters are a naval lieutenant and an unusual librarian. One of my favorite quotes:
{Lamsoe is a Navy rating that has just been assigned to a mission with our librarian}
Lamsoe murmured, "Proud to be chosen, Mistress. There's always something happening where you are."
"It's an occupational hazard for librarians," Adele said.
I'm just hoping this will become a series!
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5.0 out of 5 stars With the Lightnings 8 Oct. 2009
By Mrs. Stella White VINE VOICE
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This is the first book in the Republic of Cinnabar Navy (RCN) series, and I think my favourite. It introduces Lieutenant Danial Leary, a handsome young officer in the Cinnabar space force, with if not a girl in every port, he will soon find several.
Danials ship is visiting the planet Kostroma, a neutral planet between the two major powers, Cinnabar and the Alliance.
A change of government to a pro Alliance faction causes mayhem in the capital. Danial escapes the arrest of his ships company and joining forces with the quiet librarian Adele Mundy who prefers to call herself an information specialist, must try to rescue his shipmates and warn the Cinnabar fleet.
There is plenty of action from ther on.
The story has some resemblance to a space opera rather hard si-fi, but is very enjoyable to read, Though no romance between the lead characters leaves Daniel to play the field in further episodes.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Hardly original... 4 Jun. 2011
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Although this reads quite well, it's quite predictable and not very original. Those who liked HH from Weber are probably going to go for this one also - the themes are somewhat similar - but they might be a bit disappointed. The one thing that's better than the Honor Harrington series is that Drake keeps his books to 500-550 pages instead of Weber's 700 and counting (with a lot of padding). I much preferred Hammer's Slammers.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 13 July 2014
By alan
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the story was good and held your attention all through the book with an easy to follow plot
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I lost interest after 5% read. Two many seemingly unconnected players described in depth. Is it just me? - I need to get involved, interested quickly or I loose interest as I did here. I need to see a story develop more quickly with the necessary players introduced at a more appropriate time.
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4.0 out of 5 stars My new favourite author 5 Feb. 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
I love military Science Fiction and have read collaborations by this author in the past so decided to try one by him alone. I was very pleased with my decision as this turned out to be an action packed adventure with wonderful characters. I am about to read the next book about Daniel Leary who is now one of my favourite space men.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent book great price & delivery, whats not to like ? sci fi Manc
Published 17 days ago by sci fi manc
5.0 out of 5 stars A seriously Fun Read
This is the very first of the truly Classic Lt Leary books, modern Sci/fi at its best! A justly acclaimed Story from an award winning Author, and proof of how well earned those... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Miss Catherine Shade
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great series of books
Published 9 months ago by M EKEMA
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Great book wish I could see some of the creatures, in particular a sweep. Though I think it would be a good idea to avoid it.
Published 15 months ago by John Paul
4.0 out of 5 stars a good start to the series
good idea to use sailing ships and sail as the method to travel in space and the story has plenty of action and enough twists
Published 21 months ago by DGM
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb
A very enjoyable book,well thought out look forward to reading the continuing saga of the lead characters. Give me more
Published 22 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Light-hearted Read
I enjoyed this book - the plot was a little predictable but the characters were quite well drawn, especially that of Ms Mundy.
Published on 14 Mar. 2013 by Avid Fantasy Reader
4.0 out of 5 stars A good read!
I recomend this series of books to any fan of military science fiction, such as Starship Troopers or the Lost Fleet series. Read more
Published on 16 Feb. 2013 by Mr. C. J. Murphy
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