Power Play (Petaybee, #3)
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Power Play (Petaybee #3)

3.81 of 5 stars 3.81  ·  rating details  ·  2,865 ratings  ·  23 reviews
At last the living, breathing, sentient world of Petaybee was about to become a recognized and independent planet. Colonel Yana Maddock, now married to Sean Shongili, was bidden to the meeting on Gal Three to give testimony and discuss the future of the miracle snow and ice world where every human, animal, and plant lived in harmony with the entity that was Petaybee itself...more
Paperback, 332 pages
Published June 1st 1996 by Corgi (first published 1992)
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Grace
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 There are a lot more jokey slang phrases as well, which were out of date when the book was published and so now just sound totally bizarre; I don't really believe that that lingo is still alive on a deep-space sta...more
Al
From Publishers Weekly

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

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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
Alysha DeShaé
Mar 25, 2011 Alysha DeShaé rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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...more
Michelle
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...more
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.
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.
Theresa
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
Kris
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.
Luisa
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.
Sharon
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.
Kendra
Another light easy re-read, and just as enjoyable as the first time around. Love that planet!
Christa
I got annoyed with the characters & bored with the "bureaucracy vs natives" theme.
caela
I've been rereading the series before reading the two new ones.
Callandor
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.
Mary
Another good read by McCaffrey!
Kris
Enjoyed this series.
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