Burdens of Empire
by C.J. Ryan
Cover Artist: Paul Youll
Spectra Mass Market ISBN/ITEM#: 9780553589030
Date: 28 August 2007 List Price $6.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK /
Book Description: It's the 33rd century, a time of unparalleled peace and prosperity, but on a far-flung planet, humanity's reign may be about to end…. Alien terrorism, sectarian violence, armed insurgency–it was a police action on a backwater planet that many on Earth believed was a tragic mistake. Now the kidnapping of a human VIP has raised the political stakes to the breaking point. Enter the gorgeous and sexy Gloria VanDeen–ex-wife of the Emperor, media darling, and humanity's favorite heroine. She's been sent on a secret mission to extract the hostage and avoid a PR nightmare. But the situation on Denastri is a lot worse than reported Earthside.