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The Road of Danger

(Lt. Leary / RCN #9)

4.05  ·  Rating details ·  1,306 ratings  ·  52 reviews

Captain Daniel Leary with his friendand spyOfficer Adele Mundy are sent to a quiet sector to carry out an easy task: helping the local admiral put down a coup before it takes place. But then the jealous admiral gets rid of them by sending them off on a wild goose chase to a sector where commerce is king and business is carried out by extortion and gunfights. 

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Hardcover, 349 pages
Published April 3rd 2012 by Baen (first published April 1st 2012)
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Jan 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017, 2020, military-scifi, rcn
6/22/17 4th reread. Less military, more adventure, making for a nice change.
Apr 29, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: sf-fantasy
Leary and Adele scotch a nefarious scheme by some disaffected and corrupt Alliance officers to restart the war with a civil conflict in a remote border area. I keep reading this series because of its great characters and high action storylines, but the repetitiveness is really getting to me--not just the way that certain word pairings like "Tovera" and "sociopath" recur, but the way the characters keep falling into ruminations (often in the midst of battles or at other inappropriate times) on ...more
I'm probably being hard on the book when I give it two stars, but I've enjoyed the series so much, that I suppose that I just demand more from the books than I might from a different series or stand-alone.

I usually enjoy the characters, and the whole Master/Commander cloning thing doesn't bug me at all. It seems that the character of Mundy is starting to become a caricature of herself, with all her main features being blown out of proportion. And her constant self analysis is starting to wear on
Jacqueline J
Feb 19, 2013 marked it as dnf
I love this series. I'm giving up on this one for now at about a third of the way through. It is very slow going and for some reason difficult to figure out what is going on. Adele seems to be the main character in this one and I like Daniel better. Not only that but the author is hitting us over the head with Adele's oddities and her data gathering thing and I get it already. In fact I got it several books ago. I hope to try again later.
Jun 16, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another great read in the Lt. Leary series. As usual, the adventures of Captain Leary and his friend Adele Mundy continue to captivate. This is a fine example of Space Opera/Military Science Fiction. A must read for fans of David Drake and the Lt. Leary series.
Amy Walker  - Trans-Scribe Reviews
The Road of Danger is the ninth entry in the Republic of Cinnabar Navy series by David Drake, and continues the epic space adventures of Captain David Leary.

With peace between The Republic of Cinnabar and The Alliance of Free Stars, and most of humanity split between the two, Leary and his ship, the Princess Cecile, are sent on s secret mission to try and locate a Cinnabar citizen that is trying to reignite war. Joined by his good friend and spy Adele Mundy, Leary find themselves in a wild chase
Charles  van Buren
Mar 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Aubrey & Maturin in space

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This review is from: The Road of Danger (Lt. Leary Book 9) (Kindle Edition)

This is an excellent addition to the Leary/Mundy series with depth as well as action and adventure. In this volume, Captain Leary spends a large part of his time away from his ship & crew. In his absence there is more focus on Adele Mundy's intelligence activities than in most volumes. Consequently there is more espionage than space combat. This may not
Gabriel Clarke
Jun 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2017
Another Lieutenant Leary and Lady Mundy binge. By this point, you're on board or you're not. This one, however, is one of the better depictions of a failed state I've encountered in SF with more than a whiff of John Le Carre.
Jeremey Weeks
Nov 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another great Leary book

You might expect some filler novels this deep in the arc of the series. That's not the case here.

Vessey and Mundy have great moments, as well ad the usual Leary exploits, in and out of the atmosphere.
Joe Jungers
Jul 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Adele Mundy lurks less in the background in this episode of 'RCN Adventures'.
Sandy Williams
Mar 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Love this series

I wish there was more than one book left to read and write more about leery I do have more to come
Oct 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, reviewed
Drake is moving fast and though he has given us the Peace of Amiens, just by that title we know that the battles between Cinnabar and the Alliance will resume momentarily. It is what happens in between that we are now concerned with and with jumps of logic that Conan Doyle would find familiar, we see a glimpse that Drake assures he has gotten from ancient sources as a guideline.

Yet our heroes Mundy and Leary seem to be able to piece together information that we do not even know about. That seems
I admit, I haven't read any of the previous books in this series, but really, I wouldn't call this a space opera, which is what attracted me to this book. I have a soft spot for the high action, high drama of space operas... this seemed to me to be so slow as to be mostly character development, though there's some space opera-like action at the end.
It's a tale of a naval corvette and her crew as they are sent on a 'hopeless' task. They slowly wend their way through various challenges till
Brett T
David Drake gave modern military science fiction a kickstart in 1979 with his series of short stories about a 30th century mercenary unit called "Hammer's Slammers." The collected edition of those stories by that name was his first published book and he's more or less never looked back. In 1998, he turned his military experience to space opera with With the Lightnings, the first of what are now nine novels pairing spaceship captain Daniel Leary with intelligence officer Adele Mundy. The pair ...more
Rob Ballister
Nothing in this review is meant as any sort of attack against the author in particular. I'm a huge fan of David Drake, especially of his "Hammers' Slammers," and Bolo stories, which is why I jumped all over the chance to review this title. Unfortunately, because I had such high expectations, it fell pretty flat.

I think Drake is at his best describing space combat, and there just wasn't a whole lot of that in this book. There's a lot of espionage and political backdooring as the Alliance and
May 07, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I bought this book in hopes that it would be better than the first in the series. Unfortunately it was not. Most of my comments for that book apply here also. One exception was that this one had a decent story arc, the end of which coincided with the end of the book.

On the bad side:

- Unfortunately, although the book has a reasonably interesting plot, I found the narrative style boring. As a result, I was glossing over stuff and getting lost in the complexities of the story, and had to go back
Jun 18, 2012 rated it liked it
Once again we join Daniel Leary and Adele Mundy with the crew of the Princess Cecile. A Cinnabar national is inciting rebellion on an Alliance world. With the two nations now at peace, the political situations is sticky. If the rebellion succeeds, it could mean resumption of hostilities, and that would be ruinous for both sides.

Another fun adventure with our friends, this time rather interestingly splitting our two protagonists up for a good long section. While I do enjoy the reading, I get the
Barb in Maryland
Apr 13, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: sf-f-goodies
Not the strongest in this series--but hey, still pretty darn good.
Peace has broken out between Cinnabar and the Alliance, so there's officially not a whole lot for Leary, Adele and the rest of the crew of the Princess Cecile (the Sissies)to do. So they are in the back of beyond, delivering messages and being drafted for a 'hopeless' mission. Adele also has her own mission, from her second employer, spy-master Mistress Sand. There are a goodly number of twists and turns as the plot unfolds, of
Charles JunkChuck
Feb 06, 2013 rated it liked it
Not up to Drake's usual standards--the plot is convoluted, the characters unchanged and defined largely by repetitious "telling" of their generic core characteristics. Again and again Drake reminds us that Tovera is a sociopath who mimics normalcy to pass, that Adele is a damaged soul who is utterly devoted to her heroic friend Daniel. Of course, Drake on an off day is better than a lot of his peers at their best, but for this series to hold my interest I need to see some measure of growth and ...more
Stephen Bennett
Feb 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Leary, Mundy, and the Sissies are perpetually entertaining. The complexities in the interwoven plot threads are fascinating, and the below the surface tensions, and political and tactical situations are as entertaining as ever. The threats of violence are always hidden beneath the polite, and nearly courteous byplay between the main characters and whichever adversary, allied or enemy, they must deal with in the course of the story.

Drake has done an excellent job here, and the book was longer
Apr 26, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: sf
Perhaps the Leary series is getting a bit long in the tooth. The formula still works, but it's getting a bit old and stale. Also, Drake falls a bit into Turtledove mode in this one, just how may times in one book do we need to hear that Tovera is a paranoid psychopath, or that Mundy considers herself not part of the human race? Those are significant character bits, but repeating them each 10 or more times in a single book, especially one this late in a series where most readers will know all ...more
Nov 30, 2012 rated it liked it
Not on a par with the best in the series, but still good, and better than a lot that's out there.
As always there's a lot going on with Adele Mundy being communications officer, spy and Lady Mundy on occasion. And Daniel is ship captain and son of an important politician.
As always Drake uses ancient history for his plot beginning, though I can seldom follow that original since it's pretty obscure.
Best if you've read previous books in the series so you know who's who and who has what roles and
Apr 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another Winner

This episode in the continuing story of Daniel and Adele is a well-written and focused adventure of action and politics. Once again they're forced to do the impossible beyond the edge of nowhere, and we get to see them do it in detail. There's not much extra drama in here, and perhaps not much character growth, but it is a very good story. The twists and turns taken, as well as the surprises and the battles - and battle surprises - make for hours of enjoyment. Definitely
Jo  (Mixed Book Bag)
Feb 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
Daniel Leary and his friend Adele Mundy are the main characters in one of my favorite Science Fiction Series. In their latest adventure they are sent on a fools journey but of course it turns out to be anything but. This one is written from both Daniel and Adeles point of view. For most of the book they are working on the same mission in separate locations. There is a lot of back story dropped into the book. Even so I suggest that you start this series from book one. ...more
Apr 04, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
While not the best of the Leary/Mundy (RCN) series, this is a solid entry, and it's always great to see the pair in action, either together or separately. If it doesn't match the peaks of the series, it's just because those peaks are *really* high. Drake's inspired combination of situations drawn from history and a pretty consistent and original future setting, serves to set off his wonderful main characters. Great space opera, in the best meaning of the term.
Apr 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
Yet another Aubrey/Maturin novel -- I mean, Leary / Mundy. The world has been fully realized for some time now, and Road of Danger doesn't really add much, nor does it really flesh out the characters (who are quite familiar by now). Still, it's well written and if it's more of the same, that same is good!
Apr 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
The Sissie's save the day. Up Cinnebar! The RCN may be corrupt but its all that stands between us and The Alliance. She's a Mundy of Chattsworth, by god!. O'Leary does his wide eyed innocent act and the entire universe is saved except for those who are shot through the eye, twice. Adele's signature double tap.Some able information gathering and the crew is growing in talents.
Rich Van Ollefen
Aug 08, 2012 rated it liked it
not my favorite series, I enjoy the stories but not the overall "feel" of the universe its set in. Plus Drake spends too much time re-explaining the characters - I know you need a certain amount of this since not everyone has read all the books in the series (I have), but it is not required to do it repeatedly in the same book.
Aug 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi, reviewed-2012
This installment of the Lt. Leary series is just as entertaining as its predecessors. As always, I enjoy the revisioning of historic events that Drake uses as the core of his plots. The characters remain static in their development, but its a formula that works... With Lt. Leary you know you're going to get action, plot, and more action. The pages keep turning and that's a good thing.
Feb 27, 2013 rated it liked it
This seemed to spend the 1st 50 pages or so saying again & again how Adele / Tovera see the world differently - by this point in the series I have got the point.
After that though the story picked up well.
The events actually follow on fairly closely from the previous book - it would of been better if I'd read that one more recently.
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David Drake is an American author of science fiction and fantasy literature. A Vietnam War veteran who has worked as a lawyer, he is now one of the major authors of the military science fiction genre.

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Lt. Leary / RCN (1 - 10 of 13 books)
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  • When the Tide Rises (Lt. Leary, #6)
  • In the Stormy Red Sky (Lt. Leary, #7)
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