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In this extraordinary sequel, the once magnificent planet of Belarus has descended into centuries of isolationism and bigotry. When representatives of the new galactic Union contact Belarus, they claim to have their best interests at heart. But they also harbor a secret mission, related to the Enemies: the brutal alien race beneath the planet's surface.
Paperback, 416 pages
Published April 1st 2003 by Roc
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Belarus and Enemies were little gems. Loved the Russian aspects to the space culture. Very often space culture is somewhat British or American. It is refreshing to get a different viewpoint. I also enjoyed the layers of the story and the mystery of the Enemies. Things were "wrapped up" at the end but really it leaves much open to wonder and even allow for a third book. I didn't care for some aspects of the ending but it was overall satisfying. Many of the characters still have stories to tell wh ...more
My initial take was that I didn't like this as much as the first book, but by the end I was loving how it connected the dots and wrapped things up. It sort of sets things up for a sequel if one is ever written, but it also makes a satisfying conclusion if it goes that way. Both of these books are a great mix of Russian fairy tales, Russian politics around the time of the revolution, and science fiction first contact/alien warfare stuff. Mix in with that a serial killer procedural and you have so ...more
I've been published under three pen names: as Emily Devenport, I wrote SHADE, LARISSA, SCORPIANNE, EGGHEADS, THE KRONOS CONDITION, and GODHEADS. As Maggy Thomas, I wrote BROKEN TIME, which was nominated for the Philip K. Dick Award. As Lee Hogan I wrote BELARUS and ENEMIES. My books have been published in the U.S., the U.K., Italy, and Israel. I'm writing as Emily Devenport again, and I have two n ...moreMore about Emily Devenport...