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In the Stormy Red Sky
by David Drake
Publisher: Baen Books

TAKE BACK THE BLOODY VEIL

With a new destroyer command under him, now-Captain Daniel Leary and master spy Lady Adele Mundy are off to the backwater Veil region on a diplomatic mission.  Did we say diplomatic   Yeah, right. What they find is a local warlord ready to throw Cinnabar from the region, a vile aristocrat dealing in slave labor—and a huge Republic of Cinnabar Navy defeat that has thrown the entire sector under the crushing heel of the vile Alliance.

Time to fight back—and that Alliance stronghold in the nearby Monserrat cluster looks awfully vulnerable. Okay, actually, it looks impregnable to any but a determined Leary and Mundy. But should they achieve the impossible yet again, they do have an occupying army nearby—if only they can free it from its chains!

Master and Commander to the Stars!

"[R]ousing old-fashioned space opera."
Publishers Weekly on the "Cinnabar" series.

"Drake couldn't write a bad action scene at gunpoint."
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Published 5/1/2009
SKU: 1416591591
Ebook Price: $6.99 
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1. Jan on 8/14/2012, said:

So far the best in the series. Or I think it is. The last book read has a tendency to outshine stuff you read in the past. In this installment Leary moves up from the small league playing with a single small ship, to command a squandron of larger vessels. This makes for a more complex and interesting storyline, with a good deal of Cinnebar political intrigue added to the mix.
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2. Bill on 2/19/2011, said:

This series keeps getting better. Are we starting to see a crack in Mundy's shell? For future books David: Is it going to take a confrontation with Leary's father to give Mundy her humanity back?
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3. Kathleen on 11/11/2010, said:

Another great read from David Drake. He's been there, done that, and you can tell. Realistic heroes and internal consistency. Each of the books in this series stands alone, and each is worth waiting for. Rather than a "dehumanizing" process for Daniel and Adele, we see the humanization of Tovea. Human nature is what it is, and we fight for our families, whether they are typical or atypical. We also see a lot of the coping mechanisms necessary to those who live on the sharp edge.
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4. Harold on 5/21/2010, said:

Can't wait til the next one of the series!
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5. evan on 5/13/2010, said:

It is Adele's book and it is about time. I had been thinking that the only one who ever got medals was Leary, even though Adele was key to all his victories in addition to individual acts of heroism. Only gave the book a 4 because while it is good space opera, it is space opera!
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6. edward on 6/26/2009, said:

Excellent!! David Drake never disappoints. Humor and action and action and humor, what else do you need for a few hours of entertainment.
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7. David on 4/24/2009, said:

Good addition to the series. As Geoffry pointed out, this does seem to be Adele's book. Not sure the end will "haunt" me - but it is a good ending. Story is a little far fetched, but hey, arent they all. Well worth the price
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8. David on 4/20/2009, said:

There is a dehumanizing process going on in the series. Adele finally notices that Daniel is like Tovrea. She already knows she acts like Tovrea in order to keep her "family." This dehumanization process continues, and Adele acts in horrific ways that would have been beyond the comprehension of her innocent, younger self. The series, and this book in particular, is a good examination of the cost of combat on those engaged in it. Like Prince Roger said of the people who went into the jungle on the Anabasis in the March to the ___ series, we went in, and some bodies came out, but our souls stayed in there. (from /We Few/). If you have someone in Iraq, read the series.
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9. Stephanie on 4/15/2009, said:

Fantastic book. As Geoffrey said, this book weaves together the changes to Adele since she first met her friend Daniel. With plenty of heart-pumping action along the way! Great finish. Up the RCN!
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10. Geoffrey on 4/12/2009, said:

"Trouble rather the tiger in her lair than the scholar among her books." And no, that's not a misquote of "Tactics of Mistake." This is really Adele's book, and while it has the usual things we've come to expect in the RCN series, it also has a lot to do with her reclamation of pieces of her humanity lost with the political murders of her family and the subsequent years of privation. And the ending is beautiful. It will haunt me for a long time to come.
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