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East of the Sun, West of the Moon (Council Wars) by John Ringo
Review by Mel Jacob
Baen Mass Market  ISBN/ITEM#: 9781416555186
Date: 26 December 2007 List Price $7.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Article /

[Editor's Note: This review originally ran in our May 2006 issue.]

The fourth Ringo novel in the futuristic Council War series, which began with There Will Be Dragons and continued in Emerald Seas and Against the Tide, takes his one-handed hero Herzer Herrick into space where he must fight in zero gravity to save the woman he loves and their world. The war between the two factions that caused the Fall, the disintegration of the world they had known, continues. This series blends fantasy abetted and supported by AI and science into a rich world. The role of "Mother", the AI that controls much of the world, remains ambiguous.

From official release/information:

Book Description: When the council that controlled the world-spanning computer Mother fell out in civil war, it plunged the world in an instant from high-tech utopia to medieval nightmare. Now Herzer Herrick and Megan Trevante have been assigned the mission to capture the spaceship that supplies the fuel for all of Earth. Given that Herzer vaguely thinks orbital decay is something having to do with teeth it should be . . . interesting. With all the usual combat expected in a John Ringo novel, East of the Sun and West of the Moon sheds new light on the bizarre relationship between Herzer and Megan, the politics of the new born world and fascinating details of space technology battles.

(Source: Baen)

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