Fire with Fire (2nd Edition) (Tales of the Terran Republic: by Charles E. Gannon

By Charles E. Gannon

Includes all-new photos and a brand new Appendix by way of Charles E. Gannon!

2105, September: Intelligence Analyst Caine Riordan uncovers a conspiracy on Earth's Moon-a history-making clandestine project-and finally ends up involuntarily cryocelled for his issues. Twelve years later, Riordan awakens to a replaced international. Humanity has accomplished faster-than-light shuttle and is pioneering within reach megastar structures. And now, Riordan is pressured to develop into an inadvertent agent of conspiracy himself. Riordan's project: shuttle to a newly settled international and examine even if a primitive neighborhood species was sentient-enough so that you could have outfitted a misplaced civilization.

However, arriving on website within the Delta Pavonis procedure, Caine discovers that the activity he's been given is whatever yet mystery or secure. With assassins and saboteurs dogging his each step, it's transparent that somebody doesn't wish his undertaking to be triumphant. in any case, it takes the willing insights of an intelligence analyst and an identical intuition for intrigue to ferret out the reality: that humanity is neither by myself within the cosmos nor secure. Earth is printed to be the lynchpin planet in an approaching fight for interstellar dominance, a fight into which it's being irresistibly dragged. getting to know new hazards at each flip, Riordan needs to now persuade the powers-that-be that the single approach for humanity to outlive as a loose species is to stand the perils directly-and to struggle fireplace with fire.

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And there were human worlds that had been under Bug control for three years now-worlds on which there'd been children and adolescents. . No! Once again, Sommers' mind dismissed the thought with a spasm of revulsion. Anyway, there was nightmare enough without it. Murakuma's voice resumed, bringing Sommers back to the present. " The implications were lost on no one. Every pair of eyes was on the holo display, and every mind was following the arrangement of prettily colored lights to its logical conclusion.

The mild enhancement of her blood's oxygen, though nothing like the full rush of flight, did its work, and she turned with renewed calmness and energy to the holo display. The strike wing had been on full alert ever since the scout destroyer's courier drone had emerged from one of Pajzomo's three warp points, shattering the boredom of a routine patrol of vast emptiness lit by the sullen red glare of Pajzomo. But now they were closing to within eleven light-seconds of the hunters who didn't know yet that they were being hunted.

Nonsentient lifeforms didn't build starships, or organize the kind of industrial base that had overwhelmed all initial resistance by sheer numbers, tonnage, and firepower. And yet . . in all those three and a half years there had been no communication of any kind with them. Instead, mind-numbingly immense fleets had advanced in dead silence, indifferent to losses, grinding the defenses of one system after another to powder with a nonfeeling relentlessness even more horrible than Rigelian malevolence.

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