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Power Play (Petaybee #3)

3.83 of 5 stars 3.83  ·  rating details  ·  3,254 ratings  ·  30 reviews
Like a child, the sentient planet Petaybee is growing--learning to respond and communicate. Yanaba Maddock has appointed herself defender of her adopted planet, protecting it against outsiders who seek to plunder its resources. Then Yanaba is kidnapped and the price of freedom is Petaybee itself. The rousing conclusion to Powers That Be and Power Lines. HC: Del Rey.
Mass Market Paperback, 292 pages
Published August 26th 1997 by Random House Value Publishing (first published 1992)
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I'm guessing this is where McCaffrey checked out of this series. The tone changes entirely - it's a marked difference, and not a good one. Suddenly there's a lot of "she caught her own unspoken pun and chuckled", and you read back thinking "what pun? Oh, that - why are we noting that?" There are a lot more jokey slang phrases as well, which were out of date when the book was published and so now just sound totally bizarre; I don't really believe that that lingo is still alive on a deep-space sta ...more
An enjoyable conclusion to this trilogy. It takes some kidnapping & violence, but eventually Petaybee is recognised as a sentient planet & agrees that its medicinal plant resources may be used in recompense for the loss of mineral resources. Everyone understands their link to the plant - a symbiosis between humans, animals, plants & planet. Yana & Sean's romance becomes a fruitful union thanks to Petaybee's healing skills allowing Yana to reproduce.

I enjoyed the trilogy & loo
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This final volume of the trilogy that began with Powers That Be opens with the marriage of Yanaba Maddock, administrator of the sentient planet Petaybee, to geneticist and selkie Sean Shongili. The pregnant Yana soon has to travel off-world to defend Petaybee's interests before a skeptical galaxy, leaving the planet open to devious exploitation by such predators as old enemy Torkel Fiske. The narrative shifts focus between the primitive but honest planet and the glitterin

Brian Schiebout
Power Play by Anne McCaffrey and Elizabeth Ann Scarborough is the third book in the Petaybee series. The story fallows the events which occurred in Power Lines as the defeated enemies of Petaybee are not through with their scheming. The two main antagonists are once again Torkel Fisk and Mathew Luzon but they both deal with intermediaries rather than coming near the planet themselves. Torkel goes the more direct route by hiring the pirate Onidi Louchard to kidnap Yanaba Maddock and Marmion de Re ...more
Sanya Weathers
Wince. Much weaker than I remembered.

I know nothing of how these books came into existence, but having just reread the trilogy with more knowledge of publishing in general, I have to say it reads like the authors had a great idea that inflamed them and powered the first, very strong and dynamic novel... and then it was sold to the publisher as a trilogy.

See, the second book comes a bit out of left field and comes across as forced in multiple places, but generally works.

This third one, oof. All o
Alysha DeShaé
Mar 25, 2011 Alysha DeShaé rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: everyone
My full review is here on my personal website. I'll post my conclusion here, though:

4.0 out of 5.0 stars

Okay, maybe I'm losing my mind, but Yana and Sean's relationship seems to work a little better in the book, but they also go a little out-of-character. That's why it lost a whole point. There's no explanation for the change in their characters, it's just suddenly and subtly different.

The very worst thing about this book is the unexplained changes in the characters.

The very best thing about thi
A necessary read to bring conclusion to the Petaybee series... But the book mostly took place on a space station (not the planet itself), and the political maneuvering was tedious. Part of the charm of the series is its characters' interaction with nature and the culture that's developed out on this isolated arctic landscape. In contrast, the scenes from the "civilized" space station felt like a boring rehash of countless other stories that take place in a futuristic space setting.

Only read this
Mar 02, 2015 John rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: scifi
1997 grade A
2011 grade A-

Series book PL3

written with Scarborough
Anne Wall
The last book in a good scifi series.
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I'm finally reading the conclusion to this trilogy. Yanaba is now kidnapped as a hostage? Seems to be a common ploy by Ms. McCaffrey's villains. They strong arm through violence and brutality only, then never seem to be able to think. She had dumb evil people, rarely smart ones. Fortunately, the planet has other ideas. Now we really get to see what Petaybee can do. It's kind of impressive and I wish I could go visit a planet like this.
Power Play (Petaybee, #3)
McCaffrey, Anne
Yara has saved the planet, or atleast she thought she had until the troops landed on the planet. the story of survial and connection when the planet finds that it is alive and learns to respect the life of those who depend on her
Read the latest segment as Petaybee faces it's most difficult challenge yet...Tourists. The last segment is no less in enjoyment then the others. It's a good book given most of it's bases is on the fact that rumors fly and people follow them...with great stupidity.
My Rating System:
* couldn't finish, ** wouldn't recommend, *** would recommend, **** would read again, ***** have read again.

I enjoyed the characters, and their world and hope I get the chance to read the story again and/or to read more within the series.
Fredrick Danysh
The senitent planet Petaybee tolerates only a few people and has driven off the large corporations intending to strip her resources. But now the companies start trying to overload the planet through guerrilla action and the hiring of pirates.
Just. Ugh. After the first few pages I closed the file and deleted it. Friends don't let friends read books that make them angry, unless they are learning Important Things.

Fluff books like this just aren't worth the bother.
Kaylynn Johnsen
Okay, this is the last one I was willing to read. There were moral stories here I couldn't stomach. Anne McCaffrey and I have some things we vehemently disagree about. And this series is done for me.
Petaybee is more involved in this book, and we can really see him growing. It's really fun in that regard :)
Adventure, strong female characters, it's a good, quick, fun read.
A miserably failed attempt of a sci-fi book. Pity books like this are being published. It was all over the place, only just managing to hold the story together.
I don't remember much about who Yana's kidnappera are. I think the animals of the planet play a large role in this installment.
Another light easy re-read, and just as enjoyable as the first time around. Love that planet!
I got annoyed with the characters & bored with the "bureaucracy vs natives" theme.
I've been rereading the series before reading the two new ones.
Read the last book first cos I saw it cheap...

Not bad!
Red Mcswiggan
This was a fun book to read with my pre-teen daughter
Carol Green
Good trilogy but sort of fell apart at the end.
Another good read by McCaffrey!
Gonna miss these characters!
Enjoyed this series.
Jan 09, 2013 George rated it 2 of 5 stars
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Good story.
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Anne McCaffrey was born on April 1st, 1926, in Cambridge, Massachusetts, at 1:30 p.m., in the hour of the Sheep, year of the Fire Tiger, sun sign Aries with Taurus rising and Leo mid-heaven (which seems to suggest an early interest in the stars).

Her parents were George Herbert McCaffrey, BA, MA PhD (Harvard), Colonel USA Army (retired), and Anne Dorothy McElroy McCaffrey, estate agent. She had two
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