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Into the Hinterlands by David Drake and John Lambshead
Cover Artist: Bob Eggleton
Review by Mel Jacob
Baen Hardcover  ISBN/ITEM#: 9781439134610
Date: 06 September 2011 List Price $25.00 Amazon US / Amazon UK

Links: David Drake's Website / John Lambshead's Publisher's page / Show Article /

David Drake and John Lambshead begin a new series The Citizen with Into the Hinterlands. Allen Allenson, a gentleman of the Stream, leads an expedition into the Hinterlands to determine resources and worlds available for settlement. Soon he finds himself propelled into an unfamiliar role as Inspector of the Military Forces for the Cutter Stream, i.e., commander of the Stream Militia. Unprepared, he learns on the job how to plan attacks and use the undertrained, inadequately armed militia to fight Riders and scramble against Terran incursions into the Hinterlands.

From official release/information:

Product Description: When Allen Allenson, scion of a noble family that has fallen on hard times, gets a mission to roust the power-hungry Terrans from a "wild" star sector where they're encroaching, he jumps at the chance to show his individual worth, improve his family's fortunes and gather enough lucre to make a good marriage. But the wily Terrans are not so easily persuaded by a young colonial they think of as a "rube." 

 

Worse, "Riders," the beings who naturally ply the wilderness between the stars, are playing their own deadly political games against the Terrans, against the colonials, and against one young greenhorn commander in particular: naf young Allen, whom they figure they can manipulate to do their bidding. The one thing nobody has counted on is the fact that Allen, while young and inexperienced, and much to his own amazement, happens to be a hero in the making.

(Source: Baen)

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