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The Far Side of the Stars

(Lt. Leary / RCN #3)

4.02  ·  Rating details ·  3,191 ratings  ·  57 reviews
While Cinnabar is at peace with the Alliance, warriors like Lt Daniel Leary and Signals Officer Adele Mundy must find other work - and escort nobles in the Princess Cecile. Now a private yacht, she still has her guns, missiles, and veteran crew - and needs all to face winged dragons, an Alliance cruiser, jealous lovers, and a future-telling oracle.
Paperback, 514 pages
Published November 30th 2004 by Baen (first published 2003)
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Jan 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017, military-scifi
6/11/17 re-read 4th? time. Each book of this series gets better and better.
Jun 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
I do like this series. :)

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. ;)
D. Jason
The third book in Drake's highly enjoyable space opera series continues his tradition of transposing 18th century British naval situations into space. This time out, Daniel Leary's former command, the corvette "Princess Cecile", is decommissioned and sold to a wealthy foreign noble intent on exploring the "Galactic North", where piracy abounds, as well as uncivilized planets that still haven't recovered from the Hiatus in interstellar travel. Leary is hired to captain the ship, and he hires all ...more
Joe Jungers
May 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: military-scifi

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.
May 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Peace finds Leary and Mundy in the hinterlands where of course they discover an Alliance plot that could relaunch the war. They are just glad to have the Princess Cecile and her veteran crew with them. Plenty action and intrigue to entertain.
Sep 10, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: space-hornblower
A nice installment. A good job of place hoping and showing other worlds.
Alan Rosenberg
Dec 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great space opera

Interesting characters in a rollicking space opera reminiscent of the great space operas of the sixties and the early seventies
Jonathan Palfrey
This is a very episodic story, consisting of a lot of different bits and pieces strung together. The bits and pieces are not bad, and the story comes to an end with a flourish, but overall it's a story of Leary and his crew keeping themselves occupied here and there in peacetime.
The Abibliophobic  Guy
Apr 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
This is quickly developing into a great sci-fi series. To think what my original thoughts where after just 100 ish pages and what they are now... I can't think of two more drastic things. This is easily a Four Stars, and had me scouring the net/library/town to get hold of a copy as soon as I could of the next one. I have it en route, but I can't wait to join Daniel and Mundy on another sour-soaring cruise.

Plot: Four Stars and a Half
When I first saw what Drake was doing I was surprised and a
Mar 02, 2014 rated it liked it
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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

Peter Tillman
Jan 03, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy
The Far Side of the Stars is the third in David Drake's RCN series, light space opera books starring Lt. Daniel Leary, a young starship captain in the Republic of Cinnabar Navy, and his faithful and deadly Signal Officer Adele Mundy. I liked With the Lightnings, the first book of this series, a lot, but didn't much care for Lt. Leary, Commanding, the darker sequel. This one's an improvement, I thought, but still....

Leary and Mundy (the fighting librarian!) were a fresh, fun combination in With
This Is Not The Michael You're Looking For
I don't know if David Drake is incapable of doing so, but the books in this series are remarkably bereft of "normal" female characters. And by normal I don't mean girly or stereotypically female, I mean mentally well-adjusted human beings. Some of the background characters and too minor to be noticed, and every major female character has some vast character flaw or oddity. Two of the main female characters in his books are both sociologically cut off; one is completely psychotic while the other ...more
Jan 19, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
Republic of Cinnabar Navy (RCN)
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
Jul 29, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Drake's RCN series features the military leader Daniel Leary and his friend Adele Mundy, librarian extraordinaire, along with a delightful, ever-expanding cast of support characters such as Daniels' family and his servant, Hogg, Adele's socially-challenged assistant Tovera, his shipmates, the incomparable Sissies, etc. (And there's usually a despicable character named Platt.) The stories are all solidly grounded on some interesting historical situation, which he explains in the books' ...more
May 02, 2011 rated it really liked it
At the beginning of the third RCN book, Lt. Leary is beached on half pay after peace has broken out between the Republic of Cinnabar and the Alliance of Free Stars. Through an unexpected turn of events, he is able to once again take command of the Princess Cecile, which has been sold out of navy service but is chartered as a yacht by a wealthy foreign couple who want to venture far into the lawless “north”. Their aim is adventure, gambling, big game hunting, but also a search for an elusive ...more
Scott James
Jun 13, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Drake continues to spin a tale I can't say no to. And what's better, the characters and situations are still real and relatable, something that series books sometimes struggle with as they progress.

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
Aug 08, 2009 rated it liked it
Recommended to Roberta by: David Broussard
Shelves: sciencefiction
This book is actually the third book in the series. With the Lightning is book 1 and Lt. Leary, Commanding is book two.

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
Phyllis Griffiths
No matter how many times I re-read this book I enjoy it too much, and stay up much too late riding the action and needing to get to what happens next.

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
Oct 16, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lt Daniel Leary and Communications Officer Adele Mundy take the Princess Cecile off exploring under the sponsorship of the Count and Countess Klimov. A pleasant story in which we continue to learn more about Adele than we do about Daniel. I'm coming to the view that Daniel is a bit of a cypher really; we see what he does but not what he thinks. Adele's appreciation of the role that Daniel, the Cecile and the crew have taken in her life is nicely painted. I continue to be troubled by the wet navy ...more
Leigh Kimmel
Oct 23, 2012 rated it liked it
Light, fun space opera that recreates in space the time when the world was still larger than humanity and there were wide-open spaces, unknown places to discover and explore. Sometimes I think David Drake overdoes his efforts to recreate a sailing ship in space, but of late I've become convinced that space opera really is a subgenre of fantasy that uses the language of science and technology rather than that of myth and folktale. The magic uses machines rather than spellcraft, but its still ...more
James Trexler
Aug 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
Though I found the characters difficult to relate to for various reasons, they were still well-developed and, as the story went on, fairly interesting. The story, however, remained more interesting than the individual characters. I found the jingoistic element of near-reverence for their particular service (the Republic of Cinnabar Navy) rather irritating at times, but I could see it mirroring similar feelings sailors had for the Royal Navy, stories of which strongly influenced this series, so ...more
Dec 16, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scifi
Rated an optimistic 4, really more of a 3.5.
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.
Jun 17, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
7/7 - so far so good. The book has a good premise and good start.

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
Oct 05, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: e-books
I'm a little tired of the phrase "Adele smiled coldly" but otherwise, I did enjoy this book. While I don't want to give this book more than 3 stars, I will note that I actually paid for the ebook without even checking to see if the library had it, and I very rarely buy ebooks. So maybe I ought to be rating this higher.
Jamie Barrows
This is the third book in the RCN series. Just like the others, we get some spectacular space battles and our favorite characters from the first two books. This time we get to see some of the less traveled areas of the galaxy as the Princess Cecile gets sold off to a rich noble who wants to go on a treasure hunt.
Jeff Crosby
Jun 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
This is a strong odyssey/adventure type of story, and very good military space opera. Language is a little course in a few places, which is the reason for the 4 star rating. This is an improvement over the first two RCN novels. Strongly recommended for Doc.

Gabriel Clarke
Jan 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2017
Yes, I read another one. This particular one continues to ruthlessly crib the best of the Aubrey/Maturin playbook to considerably better effect than its predecessor, even throwing in a sojourn amongst primitive "natives" (aka degenerate descendants of crashed spacemen) for good measure.
Daniel Vassily
Jan 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
Another great entry into the Cinnabar series, Leary and Mundy are a great team that balances the skills of each to provide a greater whole. Any fan of Hornblower, Bolitho, Ramage or Lewrie will love this series.
Barbara Ghylin
Jul 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
I will finish this one later today. Once again Lt. Leary and Adele fight the good fight and come out on the winning end. The battle scens are a little hard to invision, but worth it. Will I buy more of the further advendures of Danile and Adele? Maybe.
Dec 28, 2010 rated it liked it
Lt. Daniel Leary and Signals Officer Adele Mundy are still trying to be the Aubury and Maturin of the Spaceways and still falling short. This time they are hired to take some rich offworlders on a cruise into the more remote parts of the galaxy. Enjoyable enough space opera..
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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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