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The Road Of Danger (RCN) Hardcover – 17 Apr 2012

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  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Baen Books (17 April 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1451638159
  • ISBN-13: 978-1451638158
  • Product Dimensions: 15.5 x 3 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,196,511 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

David Drake was attending Duke University Law School when he was drafted. He served the next two years in the Army, spending 1970 as an enlisted interrogator with the 11th armored Cavalry in Viet Nam and Cambodia. Upon return he completed his law degree at Duke and was for eight years Assistant Town Attorney for Chapel Hill, North Carolina. He has been a full-time freelance writer since 1981. His books include the genre-defining and bestselling Hammer s Slammers series, the RCN series including "What Distant Deeps, In the Stormy Red Sky, The Way to Glory, "and many more." --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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This space opera is the most recent of, to date, nine naval SF action stories featuring Daniel Leary, an officer in the space navy of the far future "Republic of Cinnabar" and his signals officer (and super spy) Adele Mundy.

Like David Weber's "Honor Harrington" series, though with very different execution of a similar idea, this series imagines a far future technology for space travel and space warfare which imposes tactical, logistical and strategic challenges for space navy officers similar to those which the technology of fighting sail imposed on the wet navy officers of Nelson's navy. In this case, including spaceships with sails.

And as the first 12 Honor Harrington novels are rather like a far future, gender reversed re-creation of C.S. Forester's Hornblower novels, Drake has confirmed that the "Leary" series was inspired by Patrick O'Brien's Aubrey and Maturin novels such as Master and Commander.

The Republic of Cinnabar Navy (RCN) in which the hero and heroine serve is evidently based on the Royal Navy of Nelson's era, while the state of Cinnabar which that navy protects is equally clearly based on the Roman Republic of about the first century B.C.

Cinnabar is in an almost constant state of cold or hot war with a rival star nation, the "Alliance of Free States" - this rivalry appears to borrow from those between Rome vs Carthage, Georgian Britain vs Napoleonic France, and the United States vs the USSR.

At the time "The Road of Danger" begins, Cinnabar and the Alliance are in a period of uneasy peace, which both powers wish to continue, if only because both are morally and financially exhausted after years of war.
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You get the sense that David Drake is writing these to a formula that barely varies. When you've read one you really have read them all (in very great contrast to the Aubrey Maturin series they homage, and utterly unlike Drake's better work.)
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The two lead characters are of the Hornblower and James Bond mould, almost impossibly competent. I am not sure I would like to meet either them or their sidekicks in a light alley (let alone a dark one) if I was of interest to them. Still a good space opera read of the classic mould if occasionally a trifle predictable - what the heck would they do if they met an equivalent Alien Navy?
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The whole Leary series are really good adventure stories and this is no exception. Start at the beginning with "WITH THE LIGHTNINGS"
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A good read, typical David Drake in fact, I would recomend it to anyone who enjoys Space Opera, and military science fiction.
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