Lt. Leary, Commanding (Lt. Leary / RCN #2)
A hostage uses the Princess Cecile to regain his freedomand his throne!
An all ...more
More space opera goodness, with a good bit more planet-hopping and space-battling than the first go-round, and it ends up being just about as satisfying as the first book.
The opening quarter or so of the book felt bloated to me, with Drake giving in to t ...more
Lieutenant Leary and his librarian/information specialist companion navigate troubled politics and interstellar travels. This is a good story, well told, with colorful and engaging characters. This is not a romance, Leary is a skirt chaser, in port, his librarian is aloof, faintly amused at Leary's light approach to evenings of intimacy (with different ladies each evening).
This is the second ...more
Plot: Four Stars and a half
Suffice to say that this is in so many ways better tha ...more
No one who read Drake's first account of Lt. Daniel Leary's adventures in With the Lightnings will be surprised at the appearance of this sequel; that novel clearly launched a series. What is surprising, however, is the wonderfully strong quality of the follow-up. Although Drake starts off on an odd note (with a panoramic view of a military-SF hierarchical society), his Dan Leary and Signal Officer Adele Mundy prove an uncommonly engaging pair of protagonists. Mundy in pa
The main plot is not terribly strong, but it doesn’ ...more
Good, swashbuckling space opera that isn't overdone. Drake uses several things to keep the Leary stories from getting too frothy or over the top. These include the two officers' rather grim and quite deadly servants, Hogg and Tovera. They a ...more
And his partner, Warrant Officer Adele Mundy, is a trained cybersleuth. That's right, she's a librarian who more than knows her way around databases. Security has not ...more
The way in which space ships move through hyperspace, called the Matrix in this universe, is directly analogous to ships sailing on the sea, ...more
Trying to map 19th century principles of honour and manners, as well as physical ship "rigging" to emulate the Hornblower-esque era 25-30,000 years from now? Well, I felt let down.
I did get the third book in the series (bought together with the second after I enjoyed the first), so I'l ...more
A good solid book of military SF or space opera depending on how you personally define ...more
There are a certain amount of Deus ex Machina solutions to Leary's adventures, but all in all it's entertaining.
Reading the next book in the series. (and so far, it is starting out pretty good).
I really liked this book and read it in under 24 hours--I was home sick from work at the time--it was just that good.
Another terrific military scifi read from David Drake.