Loose Cannon

By David Drake
(Baen Books, Paperback, 9781439134504, 590pp.)

Publication Date: July 5, 2011

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Military science fiction master David Drake’s two technothriller Tom Kelly novels Skyripper and Fortress  in one volume. Tom Kelly uses whatever means are at hand to fulfill save the U.S., and ultimately planet Earth, from alien attack and totalitarian domination at the hands of our “friends” the Russians.

David Drake’s two Tom Kelly technothrillers in one volume.  Day-after-tomorrow technothriller action with a raw, gritty and extremely effective hero you might want to forget, but can’t, fending off Soviet aggression and alien attack. 

During the Cold War, a Soviet scientist has knowledge the Earth will be attacked by aliens, but only the U.S. has the laser-based technology to knock out the alien weaponry.  Enter Tom Kelly, American spy, navigator of the U.S. intelligence agency spaghetti, and ruthlessly effective operative when it comes to doing his job.  Kelly will get the information into the right hands to save most of humanity – but in the process, he’s prepared to annihilate anyone who gets in the way of his duty. 

Tom Kelly and his ruthless, adventurous ways return in an alternate past as JFK builds a space station to guard against alien attack.  Now nefarious forces with the Soviet Union as well as actual, evil aliens are trying to turn it against Earth, and the U.S.  THEY may have the high ground and the element of surprise on their hands, but WE have Tom Kelly.  For better or worse.  Or both.

Says David Drake of his Loose Cannon hero:  “Tom Kelly is me on a very bad day.  Kelly also has virtues; but he won’t compromise, and he’s absolutely ruthless.”

About David Drake:
“[P]rose as cold and hard s the metal alloy of a tank…rivals Crane and Remarque…” – Chicago Sun-Times

“Drake couldn’t write a bad action scene at gunpoint.” – Booklist

“The fun is in the telling, and Mr. Drake has a strong voice.  I want more!”  –Philadelphia Weekly Press

“[C]haracter development combined with first-rate action and memorable world designs.”  –SFReader.com

About the Author
David Drake (born 1945) sold his first story (a fantasy) at age 20. His undergraduate majors at the University of Iowa were history (with honors) and Latin (BA, 1967). He uses his training in both subjects extensively in his fiction.

David entered Duke Law School in 1967 and graduated five years later (JD, 1972). The delay was caused by his being drafted into the US Army. He served in 1970 as an enlisted interrogator with the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment, the Blackhorse, in Viet Nam and Cambodia. He has used his legal and particularly his military experiences extensively in his fiction also.

David practiced law for eight years; drove a city bus for one year; and has been a full-time freelance writer since 1981, writing such novels as" Out of the Waters" and "Monsters of the Earth". He reads and travels extensively.

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