The Far Side of the Stars
It's mostly due to how I identify with Adele though. ;)
Essentially an extrovert (Leary) adopts an introvert (Adele) with a complicated political history between their houses, which they ignore with aplomb.
Due to the introvert's skill set -- the Extrovert gets pulled into interesting situations -- which they may not survive. ;)
Not the best time for a military man to ply his trade.
Thus Daniel Leary finds himself on half-pay & with no ship, since the RCN has sold the Cissie.
So, join Leary & Mindy as they wander thru the back corners of the universe.
Plot: Four Stars and a Half
When I first saw what Drake was doing I was surprised and a ...more
Readers who have been entranced by the previous adventures of Daniel Leary and Adele Munday (_With the Lightnings_ , 1998; Lt. Leary, Commanding , 2000) will sigh with relief to see them again. After settling a few family matters on Cinnabar with the high body count usual for Adele, the pair re-embarks aboard Princess Cecile . Their old ship has been sold out of the navy, however, and is now the private yacht of the Klimovs, two mad Russians touring the stars in search of big
Leary and Mundy (the fighting librarian!) were a fresh, fun combination in With ...more
Lt Daniel Leary
- Leary's of Bantry
- Hogg, his "bodyguard/mentor"
Warrant Officer Adele Mundy of the Signals Branch
- Mundy's of Chatsworth
- Torvera, her "bodyguard/sociopath"
RCN is downsizing in this "time of peace". The Princess Cecile is to be sold to Count Klimov and his wife from Novy Sverdlovsk. They plan an expedition to the Galatic North to find the Earth Diamond which was supposedly taken by a former ruler of their planet, John Tsetzes, 80 years prior. It is ...more
Adele Mundy is still my favorite character of the lot, and her continual struggles with her own nature and experiences ground the book in a very real place. While the universe is coming apart around her, she finds something, or rather, someone to keep her focused in the person of her commanding ...more
A good solid offering in the series. I'd give it 3 1/2 stars, but that option isn't available. Didn't like it quite as much as the second book, but liked it better than the first.
In this novel, Leary's ship is decommissioned and bought by a count from a neighboring star system. Mundy needs to be on the ship and wants Leary to command her, so he goes on half pay to command the ...more
They just can't keep the Princess Cecile and her crew down. Peace breaks out and the RCN decides that it no longer needs a foreign built, battle damaged corvette- so they sell it. But Daniel Leary and Adele Munday won't let a mere technicality like that separate them from their crew and the Princess Cecile, especially when the buyer needs a crew to ...more
This series gets better with each book, although I am more a fan of the central protagonist's supporting cast. Adele is really becoming a second protagonist, and the one I prefer to Mr. Leary. The story itself is more a series of vignettes with a broad story arc that hooks them together. It is really somewhat predictable, but it is still a lot of fun.
7/10 - This was indeed a good read. There wasn't as many dead spots. There was enough plot to keep going (even though the book was rather long). And it ended in a nice bang. Not too bad. I think the series is coming along nicely with definitely a lot more action.
Can't wait to read the next book in the series