David Drake,"The Far Side of the Stars"
Publisher: Baen | ISBN: 074347158X | edition October 1, 2003 | PDF | 448 pages | 1.1 mb
Readers who have been entranced by the previous adventures of Daniel Leary and Adele Munday (With the Lightnings , 1998; Lt. Leary, Commanding , 2000) will sigh with relief to see them again. After settling a few family matters on Cinnabar with the high body count usual for Adele, the pair re-embarks aboard Princess Cecile . Their old ship has been sold out of the navy, however, and is now the private yacht of the Klimovs, two mad Russians touring the stars in search of big game, high stakes gambling, and the priceless Earth Diamond–the last known map of old Earth. With Daniel and Adele doing teamwork, the quest is successful, despite the Klimovs' best efforts and a rogue Cinnabar naval squadron. By then the duo has stumbled on an Alliance plan to stage a Pearl Harbor and must trade the diamond for Cecile , which they turn back into a highly successful warship.