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Power Lines [Hardcover]

Anne McCaffrey
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June 28 1994
The spellbinding sequel to "Powers That Be," by Hugo and Nebula Award-winning authors Anne McCaffrey and Elizabeth Ann Scarborough.

The natives of Petaybee claimed their planet was sentient, but the officials of Intergal did not believe them . . . or want to believe them. The planet was rich in valuable ore, and Intergal was determined to mine that ore no matter what the cost. Yanaba Maddock, once a company spy, was adopted by the planet and its people as one of their own. Now her loyalties are to Petaybee, not Intergal, and she is dedicated to keeping Intergal from killing the world she has come to love. But without proof of the planet's sentience, Intergal will proceed with its mining operations. Can Yana find a way to convince Intergal of Petaybee's sentience before it is too late?

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From Publishers Weekly

In this sequel to Powers That Be , the hardworking inhabits of the sentient planet Petaybee continue their struggles with the magnates controlling Intergal Company. While chairperson Dr. Whittaker Fiske has been convinced of the planet's intelligence--and the necessity of negotiating with it--other members of the board believe that he and the Petaybeans are suffering from a collective delusion. Two representatives arrive to investigate: the first, Marmion de Revers Algemeine, maintains an open mind, but cultural anthropologist Matthew Luzon uses his training to cheat non-technical cultures out of their heritage. A group of Petaybeans and sympathizers set out for other villages to win over those willing to continue mining despite the planet's requests to stop. After numerous convoluted plot turns, a Petaybean resistance leads to a satisfactory conclusion. This lackluster tale suffers from excessive sentimentality, while characters are no better developed than in the first volume. Both independently and together, these collaborators have displayed their gifts to better advantage elsewhere.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Former Intergal officer Yanaba Maddock allies herself with the residents of her adopted planet Petaybee against her one-time employers to prevent the mineral rape of a sentient world. Shortsighted opportunists clash head on with stubborn defenders of a world and a way of life in this sequel to Powers That Be (LJ 5/15/93). McCaffrey and Scarborough collaborate seamlessly to tell a first-rate sf adventure with strong male and female protagonists and a life-affirming theme.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Format:Hardcover
I've read many sci-fi stories but this is the first I've
read that expresses the idea of a sentient planet. This sequal
to " Powers that Be " plays with ideas and blends native
american belifs with adventure and wild stories.

Yanaba is a strong character and you feel as if she's your
best friend. Clodgah Senunkut is the most caring person I've
come across in my reading.Bunny, Diego and 'Cita are great compliments
to the story. And Sean gives Yanaba a love so strong it makes your
tears come to your eyes.
Anne McCaffrey is a master in her element and truly knows what
she's doing.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Not even close April 22 2002
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Had to give this one a minimal rating to balance out the other reviewer. If that individual thought this was a gripping and emotionally powerful book, they must be 12 years old, or extraordinarily poorly-read. The plot development is clunky, the morality is ham-fisted, and the characters are one-dimensional. This is NOT McCaffrey's best work. In fact, it's the worst McCaffrey I've ever read. Do not buy this series. If you must try it, borrow it from your local public library.
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5.0 out of 5 stars i LOVED this series July 27 2003
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
i personally loved this series. maybe its because i could relate to the story more easily than to a world of dragons, not that i didnt love the Dragonriders of Pern. however, Petaybee was different. I absolutely loved the series, although sometimes the plot is a little shakey and some parts of the story dont match others.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The most moving and gripping science fiction story I've read Nov. 7 1996
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I've read many sci-fi stories but this is the first I've
read that expresses the idea of a sentient planet. This sequal
to " Powers that Be " plays with ideas and blends native
american belifs with adventure and wild stories.

Yanaba is a strong character and you feel as if she's your
best friend. Clodgah Senunkut is the most caring person I've
come across in my reading.Bunny, Diego and 'Cita are great compliments
to the story. And Sean gives Yanaba a love so strong it makes your
tears come to your eyes.
Anne McCaffrey is a master in her element and truly knows what
she's doing.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars i LOVED this series July 27 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
i personally loved this series. maybe its because i could relate to the story more easily than to a world of dragons, not that i didnt love the Dragonriders of Pern. however, Petaybee was different. I absolutely loved the series, although sometimes the plot is a little shakey and some parts of the story dont match others.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable! March 19 2006
By Robert E. Billings - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I absolutly loved this book, it was one of those books you just can't put down. Its plot was stable and developed well, and was easy to follow. On a whole, I enjoyed the book and I can't wait to read the next one!
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent series July 5 2014
By KT - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
Love everything McCaffrey wrote. Her world building is excellent, characters are indivuduals and well-fleshed.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Reading! March 10 2014
By Willie Mae Beall - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I have read all 6 books in this story line and loved all of them! Young or old you will enjoy these books.
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