by Mike Resnick
Cover Artist: John Picacio
Review by Bill Lawhorn
Pyr Hardcover ISBN/ITEM#: 9781591027881
Date: 22 December 2009 List Price $26.00 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Article /
Wilson Cole has overcome huge odds in the past, but now he intends to take the fight to the Republic. He is only outnumbered by a few million ships. With audacity, bluster, and chance he plans to attack an unbeatable foe. He even tells them that he is coming. The reaction that his threat creates makes them concentrate on Cole without giving up somewhere else. This is a weakness Cole intends to exploit. First, he needs to control the impulses of his allies. Those impulses create both opportunities and traps for the crew of the Theodore Roosevelt. From official release/information:
Product Description: The date is 1970 of the Galactic Era, almost three thousand years from now, and the Republic, created by the human race but not yet dominated by it, finds itself in an all-out war against the Teroni Federation, an alliance of races that resent Man's growing military and economic power. The rebel starship, the Theodore Roosevelt, under the command of Wilson Cole, is preparing to lead Cole's ragtag armada into the Republic, even though he is outnumbered thousands to one. Cole is convinced that the government has become an arrogant and unfeeling political entity and must be overthrown. The trick is to avoid armed conflict with the vast array of ships, numbering in the millions, in the Republic's Navy. For a time Cole's forces strike from cover and race off to safety, but he soon sees that is no way to conquer the mightiest political and military machine in the history of the galaxy. He realises that he must reach Deluros VIII, the headquarters world of the Republic (and of the race of Man), in order to have any effect on the government at all - but Deluros VIII is the best-protected world in the Republic. But a new threat looms on the horizon. Cole, the Valkyrie, David Copperfield, Sharon Blacksmith, Jacovic, and the rest of the crew of the Teddy R face their greatest challenge yet, and the outcome will determine the fate of the entire galaxy.