By Charles E. Gannon

COMPTON criminal AWARD FOR most sensible FIRST NOVEL. NEBULA AWARD FINALIST. New technological know-how Fiction Adventure sequence! nationwide Bestseller in exchange paperback.  An agent for a undercover agent association uncovers an alien alliance in close by interstellar space—an alliance that may quickly contain humanity in politics and conflict on a galactic scale.

2105, September: Intelligence Analyst Caine Riordan uncovers a conspiracy on Earth’s Moon—a history-changing clandestine project—and finally ends up involuntarily cryocelled for his issues. Twelve years later, Riordan awakens to a replaced international. Humanity has completed faster-than-light trip and is pioneering close by megastar platforms. And now, Riordan is forced to turn into an inadvertent agent of conspiracy himself. Riordan’s challenge: go back and forth to a newly settled global and examine no matter if a primitive neighborhood species used to be sentient—enough in an effort to have equipped a misplaced civilization.

However, arriving on website within the Delta Pavonis approach, Caine discovers that the task he’s been given is whatever yet mystery or secure. With assassins and saboteurs dogging his each step, it is transparent that somebody does not wish his project to prevail. finally, it takes the broad-based insights of an intelligence analyst and an identical intuition for intrigue to ferret out the reality: that humanity is neither on my own within the cosmos nor secure. Earth is printed to be the lynchpin planet in an drawing close fight for interstellar dominance, a fight into which it truly is being irresistibly dragged. studying new risks at each flip, Riordan needs to now persuade the powers-that-be that the single approach for humanity to outlive as a loose species is to stand the perils directly—and to struggle fireplace with fire.


About Fire with Fire:
“Chuck Gannon is a type of superb finds—someone as happy with characters as he's with know-how, and both adept at delivering these characters with difficulties to unravel. resourceful, enjoyable, and never afraid to step at the occasional toe or gore the occasional sacred cow, his tales don't disappoint.”—David Weber

"If we meet robust extraterrestrial beings in the market, can we undergo the destiny of the Aztecs and Incas, or locate the agility to outlive? Gannon fizzes with principles in regards to the risky politics of first contact.”—David Brin

"The plot is fascinating after which a few. Well-developed and self-consistent; clever readers are going to love it."—Jerry Pournelle

"[T]he intersecting plot threads, motion and well-conceived technological know-how stored these pages turning."—SF Crowsnest

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“Vivid. . . conflict sequences mingle with thought-provoking exegesis . . .”–Publishers Weekly

"It’s a grand, enjoyable sequence of battles and campaigns, helpful of whatever Dale Brown or Larry Bond ever wrote." –Analog

About Charles E. Gannon:
"[A] robust [writer of]. . .military SF. . .[much] motion happening in his paintings, with loads of physics in the back of it. there's a genuine experience of the urgency of battle and the sacrifices it demands." –Locus

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For a second, Caine felt himself because the watcher, now not the watched, immersed within the surreal caliber of being current for the unfolding of a historic second, and sharply acutely aware that the neat beginnings and endings of background as stated had not anything to do with heritage as made. Nolan’s voice used to be light. “Mr. Riordan, at any time when you’re prepared. ” “Uh, yes—sorry. ” marvelous starting. Ass. He glanced down at his palmtop, on the notes he knew by way of middle, and lightly determined to disregard them. “Ladies and gents, one hour ahead of departing from Delta Pavonis on July 10, 2118, I again in brief to the most ruins at website One—” —and he used to be there. His personal voice grew to become far away; he fell out of the council chamber and emerged into— * * * —The glare of Delta Pavonis, low at the horizon, glinted off the semi-rigid physique armor of the Marines who, face shields down and guns in an attack hold, preceded him out of the touchdown craft. Caine may well listen the second one fireplace workforce milling eagerly at the back of him, able to persist with him down the ramp. Overhead, a transatmospheric fighter orbited lazily. Caine wasted no time, relocating throughout the swirling airborne dirt and dust at the same time the whine of the touchdown thrusters used to be nonetheless death away. each moment counted, now—and may until eventually he obtained again to Earth. He walked earlier the right-angled dig pits, clambered over the berm, the 1st crew of Marines hustling to maintain in entrance of him. He popped over the increase, side-footed right down to the base—where the top archeologist used to be ready, pudgy fingers on pudgy hips, rounder, dustier, extra gnomelike than Caine remembered. “I’m here,” stated the Gnome. Caine couldn’t make a decision even if he used to be extra struck by means of the superfluity or petulance of the utterance. “Thanks for coming. ” Gnome snorted: Caine’s “request” to fulfill have been, actually, in basic terms a well mannered ultimatum. “What do you need? ” Caine debated no matter if he should still attempt to say sorry for the ruse he had used to get info out of the Gnome after they first met, yet driven that apart: there has been no time. Gnome was once by no means going to love him, so this needed to be all enterprise, natural and easy. So he went immediately to the center of the problem: “I have anything you will have. ” “Oh? possibly a time computer, so i will undo the prior and never smash my occupation by means of chatting with you? ” “No, higher than that. ” Gnome’s truculence gave strategy to curiosity. “How far better? what sort of ‘better’? ” “The variety you actually need: a price tag out of this position. Here’s the offer—and you’ve received one minute to contemplate it. “Someone has to write down up a whole record at the collective archeological findings from this dig web site. That record might be offered at an international summit, someday subsequent yr. That summit will stay a mystery till after it has happened, yet I’m delivering you the opportunity to put in writing the report—and be the 1st to put up on what’s been discovered right here, and its archeological implications. that suggests a unfastened journey again to Earth, and—I may still imagine—the endowed chair you’ve been yearning. ” really, it intended much more than that, yet Caine not often had to explicate: Gnome’s eyes looked as if it would develop as huge because the around glasses that have been in entrance of them.

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