Into the Hinterlands

Into the Hinterlands

By David Drake; John Lambshead

Baen Books, Hardcover, 9781439134610, 374pp.

Publication Date: September 6, 2011

Description

#1 in an ALL-NEW military science fiction adventure series from veteran best-seller David Drake, a genre-defining author with over 3 million books in print.  An untested young “colonial” hero-in-the-making ventures into the intergalactic wilderness of unsettled and dangerous planets to drive off an incursion by wily and corrupt Earth-based Terrans.  

#1 in a new series from a military science fiction master with over 3 million books in print. A young hero comes of age in the crucible of war and galactic struggle.
 
When Allen Allenson, scion of a noble family that has fallen on hard times, gets a mission to roust the power-hungry Terrans from a “wild” star sector where they’re encroaching, he jumps at the chance to show his individual worth, improve his family’s fortunes – and gather enough lucre to make a good marriage.   But the wily Terrans are not so easily persuaded by a young colonial they think of as a rube.
 
Worse, Riders, the beings who naturally ply the wilderness between the stars, are playing their own deadly political games – against the Terrans, against the colonials, and against one young greenhorn commander in particular: naïf young Allen, whom they figure they can manipulate to do their bidding.  The one thing nobody has counted on is the fact that Allen, while young and inexperienced, and much to his own amazement, happens to be a hero in the making.  

About David Drake’s RCN series:
“[R]ousing old-fashioned space opera.”-- Publishers Weekly on the “RCN” series.

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

“[S]pace opera is alive and well.  This series is getting better as the author goes along…character development combined with first-rate action and memorable world designs.” –SFReader.com

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



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.



Dr. John Lambshead is senior research scientist in marine biodiversity at the Natural History Museum, London. He is also the Visiting Chair at Southampton University, Oceanography, and Regent's Lecturer, University of California. He also writes military history and designs computer and fantasy games. He is the author of swashbuckling fantasy Lucy's Blade "and coauthor, with best seller David Drake, of science fiction adventure, Into the Hinterlands."