Starbound (Lightship Chronicles #2) (Hardcover)
DAW, 9780756409975, 368pp.
Publication Date: January 5, 2016
With his critically acclaimed military science fiction debut series, Dave Bara launched readers on a star-spanning journey of discovery, diplomacy, and danger.
The Lightship H.M.S. Impulse is gone, sacrificed in a battle against First Empire ships. And though the fragile galactic alliance has survived the unexpected invasion, the Union forces might not prove victorious against a full onslaught by this legendary enemy.
For Peter Cochrane, serving as an officer aboard his world’s flagship, H.M.S. Starbound is a dream come true. Tasked with investigating a mysterious space station in a rediscovered star system, Peter and Starbound face a surprise attack by unknown forces and suffer terrible losses.
But there is no time to grieve or even regroup as Peter is thrust into a new crisis, a potential civil war on the Union world of Carinthia. Caught between his rank in the navy and his status as a royal heir, Peter is put on trial for the loss of Impulse, used as a political pawn as Carinthia stands on the brink of a devastating conflict. Peter escapes but faces the prospect of interstellar war when he learns of a possible alliance between the First Empire and Carinthia, a coalition which could tear the Union apart!
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Praise For Starbound (Lightship Chronicles #2)…
“If you liked Star Trek Into Darkness, you’ll like Dave Bara’s Impulse.” —Jack Campbell, New York Times bestselling author of the Lost Fleet series
“This guy is the next Jack Campbell; it’s that good.” —T. C. McCarthy, author of the Subterrene War series
“In Starbound, Bara manages to ramp up the depth and complexity of his world while retaining that sense of excitement, suspense, and adventure.” —Barnes & Noble Sci Fi & Fantasy Blog
“This energetic mélange of tried-and-true elements—futuristic jargon, military and romantic tactics, and multiple levels of skullduggery—easily grabs the reader’s attention; more impressive is that Bara’s story holds that attention all the way to the end.” —Publishers Weekly
“The crew themselves prove to be wonderfully diverse.... There’s always a human quirk to their dialogue that makes them feel far more alive. Impulse shows what J. J. Abrams could have done with [Star Trek] Into Darkness.” —Starburst Magazine
“Impulse is an exciting space opera that fans of Star Trek will enjoy…. With plenty of suspense, drama, unique technology, and romance — this sci-fi adventure has it all. I thoroughly enjoyed this romp through deep space from relatable characters to the clever plot.” —SciFiChick
“A fun and engaging story. The protagonist comes across as relatable and believable.... Impulse is a winner for me.” —SFF World
"Totally convincing space navy—check! Perfectly realized characters complete with depth and heroism—check! Plus, a fascinating story with an Ahab of a captain determined to complete his mission, and a fledgling lieutenant who comes into his own in the midst of interstellar conflict. Oh yeah: exploding spaceships—double check!" —Tony Daniel, national bestselling author of Guardian of Night
"Impulse is fun, fast, and proper science fiction, where the stakes are big and things matter because the characters matter. I enjoyed the hell out of this. Impulse should be an impulse buy." —Simon R. Green, bestselling author of the Deathstalker series