Fire With Fire

Fire With Fire

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NEBULA AWARD NOMINEE. Original trade paperback. New Science Fiction Thriller Series! An agent for a spy organization uncovers an alien alliance in nearby interstellar space--an alliance that will soon involve humanity in politics and war on a galactic scale.

2105, September: Intelligence Analyst Caine Riordan uncovers a conspiracy on Earth's Moon--a history-changing clandestine project--and ends up involuntarily cryocelled for his troubles. Twelve years later, Riordan awakens to a changed world. Humanity has achieved faster-than-light travel and is pioneering nearby star systems. And now, Riordan is compelled to become an inadvertent agent of conspiracy himself. Riordan's mission: travel to a newly settled world and investigate whether a primitive local species was once sentient--enough so to have built a lost civilization.

However, arriving on site in the Delta Pavonis system, Caine discovers that the job he's been given is anything but secret or safe. With assassins and saboteurs dogging his every step, it's clear that someone doesn't want his mission to succeed. In the end, it takes the broad-based insights of an intelligence analyst and a matching instinct for intrigue to ferret out the truth: that humanity is neither alone in the cosmos nor safe. Earth is revealed to be the lynchpin planet in an impending struggle for interstellar dominance, a struggle into which it is being irresistibly dragged. Discovering new dangers at every turn, Riordan must now convince the powers-that-be that the only way for humanity to survive as a free species is to face the perils directly--and to fight fire with fire.

About Fire with Fire:
"Chuck Gannon is one of those marvelous finds--someone as comfortable with characters as he is with technology, and equally adept at providing those characters with problems to solve. Imaginative, fun, and not afraid to step on the occasional toe or gore the occasional sacred cow, his stories do not disappoint."--David Weber

"If we meet strong aliens out there, will we suffer the fate of the Aztecs and Incas, or find the agility to survive? Gannon fizzes with ideas about the dangerous politics of first contact."--David Brin

"The plot is intriguing and then some. Well-developed and self-consistent; intelligent readers are going to like it."--Jerry Pournelle

"[T]he intersecting plot threads, action and well-conceived science kept those pages turning."-- SF Crowsnest

About Starfire series hit, Extremis , coauthored by Charles E. Gannon:
"Vivid. . . Battle sequences mingle with thought-provoking exegesis . . ."- Publishers Weekly

"It's a grand, fun series of battles and campaigns, worthy of anything Dale Brown or Larry Bond ever wrote." - Analog

About Charles E. Gannon:
"[A] strong [writer of]. . .military SF. . .[much] action going on in his work, with a lot of physics behind it. There is a real sense of the urgency of war and the sacrifices it demands." - Locus
Publisher: Riverdale, NY :, Baen Books,, 2013
Edition: First Baen print
ISBN: 9781451638837
Branch Call Number: SCIENCE FICTION Gannon 2013
Characteristics: 475 pages ; 24 cm


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An in depth look at a first contact story and it's global ramifications. The book is a bit of a slow burn but once it kicks in it does not let up, you won't want to put it down!

Feb 16, 2017

Futuristic Tom Clancy techothriller than science fiction.
Multiple first contacts.
Nice twist on innocent picture & a note in the end why deceased Nolan forced to cyrosleep protagonist, created intelligence service & worked for world unification.
Course protagonist have to deal with new can of worms.


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Jul 24, 2013

Aii that is necessary for the triump of evil is that good men do nothing.

Jul 24, 2013

freedom isn't a blank check; it's a limited, occasional luxury-that we buy for millions of others at the expense of our own.


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