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Trial by Fire

Book 2, Caine Riordan

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Sequel to national bestseller Fire with Fire. Science fiction adventure on a grand scale.
When reluctant interstellar diplomat and intelligence operative Caine Riordan returns from humanity’s first encounter with alien races, sudden war clouds burst. With Earth’s fleet shattered by a sneak attack and its survivors fighting for their lives, Caine must rely upon both his first contact and weaponry skills to contend with the non‑humanoid enemy. And when the technologically‑superior attackers sweep aside the solar system’s last defenses, and traitorous corporations invite the invaders to land ‘security forces,’ humanity fights back with its best weapons: cunning, inventiveness, and guts.
But as Earth hurtles towards a final trial by fire that is certain to scar its collective memory, Caine discovers that there may also be large and disturbing gaps in that memory. Clues point to a much earlier inter‑species apocalypse, buried in humanity’s own prehistory. Which raises a terrifying possibility: what if the aliens' invasion of Earth is not one of conquest, but preemption? And what if their harrowing memories of a long‑past cataclysmic war makes them willing to do anything to keep it from reigniting?
Even if that means exterminating the human race.

At the publisher’s request, this title is sold without DRM (Digital Rights Management).

From Publishers Weekly

Jun 30, 2014 – Gannon's whiz-bang second Tales of the Terran Republic interstellar adventure delivers on the promise of the first (Fire with Fire). When Caine Riordan is made a figurehead in the rapidly evolving interactions between Terrans and the exosapients of the Accord, he becomes a target for repeated, violent objections to his position. Constant shuttling between the raw urgency of guerrilla warfare, the deadly dance of interspecies diplomacy, and grand, sweeping, full-scale interstellar fleet combat keeps the pace hectic without confusing the reader. The charm of Caine's harrowing adventure lies in Gannon's attention to detail, which keeps the layers of political intrigue and military action from getting too dense. The dozens of key characters, multiple theaters of operations, and various alien cultures all receive the appropriate amount of attention. The satisfying resolution is enhanced by the promise of more excitement to come in this fascinating far-future universe.

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Great book, fantastic description of first contact and many of the possible outcomes. When is the next coming?

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Trial by Fire
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  • $6.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Sci-Fi & Fantasy
  • Published: Jul 16, 2014
  • Publisher: Baen Books
  • Seller: Baen Publishing Enterprises
  • Print Length: 640 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Series: Book 2, Caine Riordan
  • Requirements: This book can only be viewed on an iOS device with Apple Books on iOS 12 or later, iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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