The Venus Asteroid Expedition is en route to the "Mirror," an impenetrable membrane to another universe that holds all the riches of the Federation, but the only point of entry is the point through which Landolph and his men traveled long ago--with most of the men never returning. Reprint.
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David Drake is an American author of science fiction and fantasy literature. A Vietnam War veteran who has worked as a lawyer, he is now one of the major authors of the military science fiction genre.From Publishers Weekly:
This successor to Igniting the Reaches is not one of Drake's better works. Drake is usually adept at choreographing battle scenes, but here narrator Jeremy Moore's rendition of combat makes every adventure seem like Julien Sorel's walk through Waterloo in Stendhal's The Red and the Black. Moore travels with Piet Ricimer and Stephen Gregg, space pirates from Venus who, aboard the starship Oriflamme, are out to save civilization and interstellar free trade from an oppressive Earth-based government. Like most literary pirate crews, these men are as religious as they choose to be. As Ricimer says, "The real danger isn't race or religion, you know. It's the attitude that some men, some people... have to be controlled from above for their own good. One day I believe the Lord will help us defeat that idea." Yet for all the holiness of the cause, the action-far too often overshadowed by talk-is less than satisfying; among other problems. Moore, a womanizing nobleman, doesn't quite measure up to the more substantial Ricimer and Gregg, either. Drake credibly conjures up his world, but readers will be left thinking that Ricimer and Gregg-and even Moore-deserve better.
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