Lt. Leary, Commanding
By David Drake
(Baen Books, Hardcover, 9780671578756, 448pp.)
Publication Date: July 2000
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Lieutenant Daniel Leary of the Republic of Cinnabar Navy commands the corvette Princess Cecile; his friend Signals Officer Adele Mundy has the latest in spy apparatus and the skill to prowl the most tightly guarded database. All they lack are enemies, and fate is about to supply that need in abundance!
-- A hostage uses the Princess Cecile to regain his freedom -- and his throne!
-- An ally intrigues with enemies of Cinnabar -- knowing the plot can only be safeguarded by destroying the Princess Cecile!
-- A pirate chief joins in a cutthroat battle with a rival -- and the Princess Cecile is a pawn!
Daniel, Adele, and their crack crew must battle bureaucrats and traitors, the winds of a barren desert and the strains of a voyage never before attempted. If they succeed at every stage, their reward will be the chance to fight another enemy: one which can blow them and a hundred ships like theirs to vapor!
DEATH IS ALWAYS AN OPTION BUT DEFEAT CAN NEVER BE
Action, color and heroics merge with the gritty realities of war and politics in a story that never slows down. Indeed, how could it slow down, with