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A Talent for War by Jack McDevitt
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Jul 03, 2011

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Warm and cosy detective investigation, misleading cover blurb adds paranoia and tension. The blurb says a great historic war leader is a fraud, leading to all kinds of wild speculation as the novel goes on. The Aliens in particular are a creepily disturbing bunch. The history feels real, even though our hero sails through on a sea of inherited wealth, it's a nice warm universe, very similar to the kind of place Zelazny or Vance and many others have given us before. It still works well. The space combat has nothing of the kind of fear C.J.Cherryh would give it, but it isn't that sort of novel.

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