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He paused to organize his thoughts. Which I certainly intend to do.
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There was a bustle beyond the raised windows of the shipyard office. Looking into the shadowed darkness from this low angle, Daniel could only guess that the missing senators might at last have arrived. The workmen on the gantry had a better view of the interior, however.
Mon was a skilled and methodical officer, but a run of bad luck had gained him the reputation of being a jinx. Three serving officers came down the outside stairs from the yard offices. Mon raised his arms and snapped, Ready! Then he dropped his arms and shouted, Hurrah for Mister Leary!
The cheer silenced the crowd like a trumpet call. For a moment the chorus of girls sang piercingly of fruitful lands and fecund seas; then Mistress Kolb chopped her baton down. The assembled flower of Bantry bowed low to Daniel, their faces flushed and beaming. Turning, they bounded off the quay with a cheerful enthusiasm that made a striking contrast with their stiff, terrified approach.
The delegation from Navy House passed between the two choruses. The lieutenant commander handed a ribbon-tied scroll to Britten; then both aides halted, leaving the captain to take the single step onto the dais alone.
Britten transferred the scroll to his left hand, then came to attention facing Admiral Anston. He threw a much sharper salute than Daniel would ever have been able to do. It was unexpected and completely appropriate.
A pleasure to see you again, Admiral, Britten said. Anston untied the document. For the moment at least he seemed as solid as a bollard. Britten obediently turned and hunched slightly to provide a slanted writing surface.
Anston crossed out the signature of Klemsch, Secretary to the Navy Board, and wrote his own above it. Anston looked at the yards of the Milton , solid with spacers, then faced the crowd. Britten pointed toward the office and swung his finger toward Anston before dropping his hand to the side.
Fellow spacers! Fellow spacers, senators, and citizens of Cinnabar! Daniel grinned without intending to. Anston waved the crackling document to the crowd. It was real parchment, impressed with two red wax seals from which fluttered a blue ribbon and a white ribbon.
Spreading the document with both hands and moving it slightly outward to where his eyes could focus comfortably, he read, By the powers vested in me by the Senate, I hereby appoint Daniel Oliver Leary to the rank and authority of Captain in the Navy of the Republic of Cinnabar—. Hogg cheered like a boar challenging the world. The Bantry contingent joined with enthusiasm, followed by almost all the other civilians at ground level.
Daniel held himself at attention, blushing with embarrassment for what his friends had done. When the noise died down, he resumed, The rank of captain, as I say, his duties to commence with the reading of this order.
Anston let the parchment roll itself up and handed the scroll to Daniel. Captain, he said, allow me to be the first to give you the salute in your new rank. He shot his right hand to his brow, wincing as his arm rose above shoulder level. Nonetheless, he completed the salute. Daniel returned it, his eyes blurring with tears. This was all quite improper: It was the greatest honor anyone had ever paid him. People were babbling and cheering.
Captain Britten helped to support Anston, moving him back from the crush of folk mounting the dais to congratulate Daniel.
Hogg bumped Daniel from the side. Hold your bloody arms still, young master! He held both forearms out from his body while his servant pinned a narrow gold stripe around the right sleeve above the two broad stripes of a commander. And if they look a bit worn. Captain Leary? She was slender but obviously wiry: She extended a sealed document, this time a functional plastic bifold rather than a parchment to be hung in a place of honor.
Thank you, McCoy, Daniel said, reading the nametag on her left breast. He reached out, trying to hold his left sleeve in place for Hogg but tilting his torso sideways to take the document.
Lieutenant Vesey? He frowned. Vesey had risen from midshipman to lieutenant under him, and she was an important part of the team which had catapulted Daniel to captain. Call the crew to stations, Daniel continued, raising his voice over the babble. Vesey was in Whites like the rest of the officers, but a quartermaster holding a commo helmet stood just behind her. She put the helmet on in place of her saucer hat, technically a violation of regs. She was a good officer with a real flair for astrogation, though.
Daniel frowned to see the confusion on the upper hull. The cruiser had eight airlocks, but only the four on her dorsal spine were usable while she floated in harbor as now. Some of the technicians were very nearly as clumsy out on the hull as Adele, which—Daniel grinned—was saying something. The thought made him turn to find her. No one was more important to his promotion than Adele. Officer Mundy? Daniel called, raising his voice to be heard twenty yards away.
Adele turned, her expression calm and mildly inquisitive. She rarely smiled and almost never frowned. He mimed shoving a path through the crowd of well-wishers. Wait a moment, Officer Mundy, Daniel said, stepping into the ruck.
Because he kept his eyes focused on Adele, he could bump through the people around him without being obviously offensive. Ah, said Daniel. The less unhappy he was, rather. Yes, of course. A very good day to you, Huxford. Officer Mundy, please join me when you can. Now that he had time to take in the situation, Daniel saw that two husky men accompanied Huxford. They wore RCN utilities, but they probably knew as little about naval service as the lieutenant commander himself.
Daniel smiled tightly. Daniel joined them, striding up the boarding ramp.
Robinson and Vesey murmured with similar politeness. Daniel laughed. Armored tubes protected circular staircases wide enough to allow two spacers in hard suits to use them side by side, though whoever was on the outside covered twice the distance as the inner. Robinson and the lieutenants paused so that Daniel could enter the forward Up shaft ahead of them, then got in behind him.
Their soft boots set up a series of whispering echoes on the steel treads, joining those of the spacers already above them in the companionway. Daniel kept his eyes turned up like a trained spacer rather than looking at his feet.
This was more proper than that he should enter his new command at the side of a junior warrant officer, of course. It was unlikely that damage which destroyed both would leave anything of the rest of the cruiser.
If the bow were blasted off, the team under the First Lieutenant in the BDC could fight what remained of the ship. As Huxford closed the armored hatch behind them, Adele walked to the star of six control consoles in the center of the compartment.
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None taken, sir, said Daniel. Well, he said. Thank you, sir. And they were bloody good workmen!
By the Gods, sir! Britten said, holding out the scroll. You certainly are not. All right, he muttered, putting the stylus away as Britten scuttled to the side. Spreading the document with both hands and moving it slightly outward to where his eyes could focus comfortably, he read, By the powers vested in me by the Senate, I hereby appoint Daniel Oliver Leary to the rank and authority of Captain in the Navy of the Republic of Cinnabar— Hogg cheered like a boar challenging the world.
Oh, sorry, Hogg. Start your free 30 days. Page 1 of 1. In this book, Daniel and Adele find themselves on an unusual mission even for their checkered history. A senator who'd failed in her bid for the Speaker of Cinnabar's senate has been appointed as an ambassador to a client state of Cinnabar who's main sport seemed to be imprisoning Cinnabar citizens and seeing how far he could push them.
When he tries his usual tactics on Daniel and his crew, he finds that he may have bitten off more than he can handle. Along the way, he finds out that the Alliance is building a major base that threatens major Cinnabar trade routes and only Daniel, his loyal crew and a battalion of crack ground troops are all that stand against a base that could destroy fleets, never mind the cruiser and troop transporter that are all that Daniel has available to him.
From the first time we met Lt. Leary, I knew that this was a series that had great potential and would be a good read. It has become a much better series then David Weber's indestructible hero series about Honor Harrington. A series that is repetitive. All about meetings, and little about action. Here we have a fleet battle that is several chapters long and a plot that really does work. Somethings where we get lost while reading the book is the various names of the ships in the fleet, and a little chart showing us who is who, would have been helpful.
Also a star chart of where these two empires are in relation to each other would be nice after so many books. But this does not stop the story from being a great read. Each book adds more character development and we see the growth of not only our two main characters, but also the subsidiary characters as well. Our middies are growing up to be competent lieutenants and soon probably lt.
That Drake uses historical situations from our past to create the line of plot for his stories means that we can believe what will happen. It did happen. Now it happens in space. Death's Bright Day.
Leary and Mundy are back in another military science fiction adventure as they undertake a mission to a distant but critical star system. Captain Daniel Leary thinks that his marriage will allow him to slip into the quiet role of a naval officer in peacetime.
His friend, the spy and cybrarian Adele Mundy, is content to be collating data in her library. But high officials of both superpowers are involved! Those who want Daniel and Adele to become involved in the Tarbell Stars claim that only they can prevent a war between the Republic of Cinnabar and its great rival, the Alliance of Free Stars.
The conflict is political, but at the sharp end it means blazing warfare and cold-blooded murder. Daniel and Adele will be at the sharp end. The odds in ships and guns are badly in the enemy's favor. Though Hell Should Bar the Way. Roy Olfetrie planned to be an officer in the Republic of Cinnabar Navy, but when his father was unmasked as a white-collar criminal he had to take whatever he was offered. What is offered turns out to be a chance to accompany Captain Daniel Leary and Lady Adele Mundy as they go off to start a war that will put Roy at the sharp end.
Duty snatches Roy from the harem of a pirate chief to a world of monsters, from interstellar reaches in a half-wrecked starship to assassination attempts at posh houses. Roy has the choice of making friends or dying friendless; of meeting betrayal and responding to it; of breaking his faith or keeping it at the risk of his life. Pirates, politics, and spies--and waiting for Roy if he survives all the rest, a powerful warship.
The action doesn't slow--nor can Roy, for if he does the only question is which of the many threats will be the one to catch and kill him. More featuring space warfare. Book 1. Captain Alexandra "Alex" McLaughlin is not a woman to be underestimated. Under her petite exterior is a spine of solid steel and a disposition to laugh in the face of impending death.
A former member of the Terran Navy's elite force, the Dead Jokers, electronic-warfare pilots with a mortality rate to match that of old Japan's Kamikazes, Alex is a born survivor. But sometimes survival can be a curse. Humanity is locked in a war of survival with the Xan-Sskarn, an alien race that refuses to acknowledge the rights of "weaker" creatures to live.
It is a war that will not end with a peace treaty, but only the complete subjugation of one species to the other.
And right now, the alien side is winning. However, the enemy on the outside is not the only one to be faced. As the battles take on an eerily familiar pattern of no-win scenarios, Alex realized the horrifying truth; humanity has a traitor, and it's somebody close. As each battle brings more death, Alex's ghosts grow and so does her desire for vengeance. Cobra Guardian: Cobra War Book II. When the colony worlds Adirondack and Silvern fell to the Troft forces almost without a struggle.
Outnumbered and on the defensive, Earth made a desperate decision. Thus were created the Cobras, a guerilla force whose weapons were surgically implanted, invisible to the unsuspecting eye, yet undeniably deadly. And the Moreau family were the most famous of the Cobra warriors. Long after victory over the Troft was achieved, the Cobras made common cause against their former adversaries against a new enemy.
Their reward was three planets that would be a home for the Cobras, who deadly powers made them too dangerous to feel at home on Earth. Now, years had passed and not everyone on the Cobra worlds thought that the Cobras were worth the cost of maintaining their existing built-in weaponry, let alone supporting research to improve the Cobra weapons, and possibly even put an end to the negative effects of that built-in weaponry, which caused Cobras to die much too young.
Many who had never known interplanetary war were convinced that the Cobras were not needed at all. That was a grave miscalculation, because a Troft faction has decided to invade the Cobra planets in force, using a new strategy that even the formidable Cobra warriors may not be able to defeat. Battle at Zero Point. Book 4. The year is A. Evolving from genetic manipulation and virtually immortal, the Specials wielded their repressive power over a far-flung empire for nearly two thousand years.
Until one man—a man of mystery, a gifted military strategist, a superb pilot, a charismatic leader—dared to raise the flag of rebellion. That man is Hawk Hunter. In the middle of a fierce battle with the Imperial forces, Hunter suddenly finds himself alone. His badly-damaged fleet has vanished—gone through a portal to another dimension. They can lay low, rest, make repairs, and gain strength for their next assault.
But the enemy also finds the portal—and it leads them to a different dimension where they discover powerful and deadly new allies.
Now Hunter must undertake his own Interdimensional search for support. Because when the portal reopens, the battle that follows could destroy not only the rebels and the Empire, but also the entire galaxy. Security Risk. Clinton, Jr. Walker knew just the man for the job, only one problem, he was deemed "a security risk". Go Tell the Spartans. Book 5. Stranger, go and tell the Spartans That we lie here, obedient to their commands.
Since the late 20th century, the Soviet-American CoDominium had kept the peace, both on Earth and among the stars. But now the CoDominium is dying, and its death-throes will be terrible; already the nations arm for their final battle.
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