Extremis

Extremis

A Starfire Novel

Book - 2011
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The New Sequel to Exodus and the New York Times Best Seller, The Shiva Option .

Once before, the sentient races in the known part of the galaxy--humans, Orions, Ophiuchi and Gorm--had united to defeat alien invaders. Decades later, the member planets of the alliance had grown complacent--until a huge fleet of ships, each ship larger than a city, arrived, fleeing the loss of their home planet when their star went nova.

They have traveled for centuries, slower than light, and now that they have arrived at the world they intend to make their new home. They regard the fact that the planet is already colonized by humans as a mere inconvenience, the more so since their mode of communication is so different from anything humans use that they do not consider humans and their allies to be truly intelligent. And the arriving aliens know--or, at least, they believe--that when they die they will be reincarnated, so they do not hesitate to attack humans and their allies with suicidal fury. And, if necessary, they will exterminate all humans and their allies, if that's what it takes to occupy the planet.

That was their attitude on arrival, but the conquerors have learned from human technology. They now know all about reactionless drives, so much more efficient than rocket engines. And they have learned about the jump points which make faster-than-light travel possible. With that knowledge, they plan to conquer the entire inhabited region of the galaxy--unless the old alliance of humans and other being can stop them . . . .
Publisher: Riverdale, NY : Baen Books ; New York, NY : Distributed by Simon & Schuster, c2011
ISBN: 9781439134337
Branch Call Number: WHITE
Characteristics: 630 p. : map ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Gannon, Charles E.

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Sabre3
Jan 05, 2016

I really enjoyed the mix of hard core action, espionage, and the interplay of the factions. The lack of understanding between the humans and allies, and their opponents is brilliant and believable.

theorbys Dec 21, 2013

David Weber style galactic military fiction with lots of fleet battles etc. White strings his sentences together better than Weber, but it's pretty much the same although Weber's main characters are usually more appealing. Lots of fairly wooden characters with aliens who are much more behaviorly rigid than human beings, ie they have rigid caste/religious/instinctual behavior patterns. But it's OK to read if you like the military genre. There will be more coming after this the 6th in the Starfire series and I'll likely read them if the library gets them.

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Even mortal enemies can respect each others courage.

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No Warrior ignores the natural weapons that the battleground itself places in his palm.

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