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Timothy Zahn
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Oct. 20 1988 Venture SF Books
The second book in the Blackcollar series finds an elite fighting force at the forefront of an epic alien war once again

Denver, Earth. The twenty-fifth century. After a devastating alien invasion, the Terra Democratic Empire is occupied by the Ryqril race. The once-heroic resistance warriors known as the blackcollars now serve as strong-arm security for Denver’s criminal elements.
 
When Allen Caine completes his year-long blackcollar training on the planet Plinry, he and his elite team head to Earth to strike out against the Ryqril puppet government. But there’s no way of knowing whether the remaining blackcollars in Denver will be with him, or against him. . . .
--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Timothy Zahn is a New York Times bestselling science fiction author of more than forty novels, as well as many novellas and short stories. Best known for his contributions to the expanded Star Wars universe of books, including the Thrawn trilogy, Zahn won a 1984 Hugo Award for his novella “Cascade Point.”He also wrote the Cobra series, the Blackcollar series, the Quadrail series, and the young adult Dragonback series, whose first novel, Dragon and Thief, was an ALA Best Book for Young Adults. Zahn currently resides in Oregon with his family. 
--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant sequel and a must-buy Feb. 19 1999
Format:Mass Market Paperback
It is remarkable that there are no other reviews for this book because it is one of the best of its genre i`ve ever read! The story is about a group of elite-warriors called blackcollars (already known from the first book)who set out to search the drug backlash, which was lost during the war against a insectoid alien race. Only backlash gives the blackcollars their improved strenght, reflexes and senses. Without it, the first generation of blackcollars will also be the last... Everyone who loved Admiral Thrawn`s cunning plans will read this book in one night.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great story, interesting characters Sept. 6 2000
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I, like the first reviewer, am hoping that T. Zahn will write a third novel in this series. The end of the Backlash mission leaves you wondering what will happen to the Blackcollars - will they ever free the Earth from alien domination? What really happened to the Blackcollars hidden under the mountain? Will the aliens find a way to counter the Backlash drug? Will Caine ever become a Blackcollar?
This sequel was full of interesting plot twists, great characters, good action: The storyline deserves more than being forgotten and out of print.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An outstanding book May 17 1999
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Format:Mass Market Paperback
This, along with the origional Blackcollar, are the best novel's that I have ever read. They are not that popular due to the average individual not being familiar with most martial arts techniques, making the senarios hard to follow for them. I think Zahn learned his lesson a little too well, which explains the lack of detailed battle scenes in his Star Wars books. I have been waiting for years to learn what happens to the team and Allen Caine. I hope he chooses to write the third novel.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great story, interesting characters Sept. 6 2000
By Laura DeWulf - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I, like the first reviewer, am hoping that T. Zahn will write a third novel in this series. The end of the Backlash mission leaves you wondering what will happen to the Blackcollars - will they ever free the Earth from alien domination? What really happened to the Blackcollars hidden under the mountain? Will the aliens find a way to counter the Backlash drug? Will Caine ever become a Blackcollar?
This sequel was full of interesting plot twists, great characters, good action: The storyline deserves more than being forgotten and out of print.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An outstanding book May 17 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This, along with the origional Blackcollar, are the best novel's that I have ever read. They are not that popular due to the average individual not being familiar with most martial arts techniques, making the senarios hard to follow for them. I think Zahn learned his lesson a little too well, which explains the lack of detailed battle scenes in his Star Wars books. I have been waiting for years to learn what happens to the team and Allen Caine. I hope he chooses to write the third novel.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant sequel and a must-buy Feb. 19 1999
By Zomorodi@netscape.net - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
It is remarkable that there are no other reviews for this book because it is one of the best of its genre i`ve ever read! The story is about a group of elite-warriors called blackcollars (already known from the first book)who set out to search the drug backlash, which was lost during the war against a insectoid alien race. Only backlash gives the blackcollars their improved strenght, reflexes and senses. Without it, the first generation of blackcollars will also be the last... Everyone who loved Admiral Thrawn`s cunning plans will read this book in one night.
4.0 out of 5 stars Typically great Zahn, poorly rendered for kindle Sept. 15 2014
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
The book itself is typically great Zahn, with a detailed plot, well thought out world, interesting premise, and in short everything you'd expect.

The eBook, though.... Yikes. All I can figure is that it was produced by scanning a paper copy and running it through word recognition software without the benefit of any further editing. The result is a couple of glaring gaffs and a prodigious misuse of commas that occasionally impair meaning and frequently made it sound as if the whole thing were being narrated by a William Shatner parody. Don't let it stop you from reading the book, but be prepared...
1.0 out of 5 stars Boring and repetitive Sept. 19 2014
By C. Cressley - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I read the first one and thought it was shaky, but ok. Now, as I read the this one, I realize how repetitive and boring these books are. Each fight scene is almost exactly the same. Not to mention, that each fight scene is guys fighting aliens with nunchucks and throwing stars. Completely ridiculous combat weapons on our current battlefields, let alone future ones.
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