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To most of the galaxy he was a legend without a face, and to the rest a face without a name. He was Alihahd: the word meant simply 'He left'. And so he always had. Until his luck ran out. And with it the stability, the very existence of the Na'id Empire which had ruled the known worlds since the onset of the human Dark Age. For it was on the semi-mythical planet of Iry tha ...more
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Published 1985 by Signet
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Ron
Jun 20, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
Not a bad story, but clunky--even allowing for its vintage. Included the obligatory--for that era--disection of anyone stupid enough to believe in any form of god--even a bit preachy in places--but also doubted the doubters, too.

Eighty pages in Meluch goes on a forty page digress for a character who ends up being . . . nothing. Before she abandoned her protag I'd already figured out who he really was, evenm though she did a gradual reveal through the last hundred pages of the book. Nice, quirky
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Koeur
Oct 31, 2016 rated it really liked it
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Publisher: DAW

Publishing Date: December 2016 (1985)

ISBN: 9780756412203

Genre: SciFi

Rating: 4.3/5

Publishers Description: The captain was a notorious rebel runner. To most of the known galaxy he was a legend without a face, to the rest, a face without a name. He was called Alihahd. “He left.” It was the word Na’id enforcers heard when they demanded to know where the rebel had gone—always one step ahead—as if he knew his enemy very well. Hero, villain, coward.
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Stephen
Dec 21, 2016 marked it as to-read
From B&N blog: "Originally published in 1985, DAW is republishing Meluch’s remarkable military SF novel, and it’s not hard to see why—it’s as exciting and relevant today as it was 30 years ago. In a galaxy dominated by the totalitarian and oppressive Na’id Empire, a man called Alihahd—which means “he left” in the Na’id language—defies the empire and ferries rebel refugees to safety. An inveterate drunk, Alihahd is a man running from his own past and trying to atone. When his ship is attacked ...more
Dark-Draco
Aug 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
An excellent SF story.

Alihahd doesn't really exist. He is a legend, running away from who he once was and did. He fights the Na'id Empire, who are intent on making all humans the same and all aliens slaves, but one day his luck runs out. He crashes on the mythical planet of Iry, thought to be just as much a legend as he is. There he meets the Irin warrior priests, a strangely fierce yet benign race. But as he finds himself again on the isolated world, so he brings change to those around him.

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Sandra
Jun 17, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: scifi
What a book! Probably the most unusual story I've ever read about morality, guilt, and forgiveness. That makes it sound dull and it's anything but that. It's about a general named Shad Iliya and an ancient and powerful civilization called the Itiri and a scoundrel called Harrison White Fox Hall. It's brilliant and witty. It's painful and horrible. It's very, very good.
Pygmy
Jan 24, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
Well written, and once again presents that interesting mix of good bad guys that Meluch loves so much. I didn't rate it higher because it just so happens that he wasn't my favorite type of good bad guy, but hey. Still worth while.
John
Jan 07, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sf-fantasy
Just couldn't get into it. Maybe will try again another time.
Matthews M.
Jun 22, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: borrow-or-rent
About Jerusalem. About human race. Adventures in the space.
Danny
Jan 13, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scifi
Barely made it through this one. Plot wasn't great, and neither were the characterizations
Dawn
Good action story, not too complicated and easy to read!
The mysteries were pretty easy to figure out early on in the book but it didn't detract from the story!
Thomas Walcher
Oct 10, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: got-rid-of
This is the worst book that R. M. Meluch ever wrote. I have enjoyed all her other books.
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