The City Who Fought (Brainship #4)
This space adventure further develops McCaffrey's vivid future universe of diversified cultures, technological wonders and twisted, sometimes corrupt, politics. Space Station SSS-900C, a profitable but out-of-the-way trading and mining center, is attacked by Kolnari, pirates from a planet of sociopathic exiles. While awaiting the arrival of the Central Worlds' Navy, the inhabitants play for time with a major deception planned by Simeon, the shellperson operating the stati
It is vaguely better than McCaffrey’s own efforts. The characters are more solid and there is at least some excitement. Still, I don’t feel that I can really recommend this to anyone.
Simon is the city shell person who has to hold off pirates until the calvary (space Navy) can come to the rescue. Another premise of knowing strategy and tactics from history can pay off.
To this day I can't hear the phrase Jack of all Trades without remembering Joat and wonder just what on earth happened to her.
Unfortunately, the story was a bit too brutal and gritty for my tastes and it broke one of my rules for writing, in that I have no tolerance for rape being used as a plot device.
Liked the characters and ideas, but the efforts to do 'gritty, realistic' space opera meant it wasn't a fun book.
Ms McCaffrey's talent in creating characters that are interesting, compelling, and real was incredible. One cannot help but wish to meet so many of then again, and again, particularly Joat, and Patsy.
The story was fast paced, with parallel lines and a continuation of the Ship who Sang series, but is very much able to stand alone.
Her parents were George Herbert McCaffrey, BA, MA PhD (Harvard), Colonel USA Army (retired), and Anne Dorothy McElroy McCaffrey, estate agent. She had two...more