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The Backlash Mission [Paperback]

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. . . .
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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 starting to be a good series. June 27 2014
By KATHLEEN ELLSWORTH - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Zahn doesn't write bad books but some are better than others. This series , which I just started, seems way above ok but not sensational as yet. Looking forward to reading more in the series.
5.0 out of 5 stars Splendid military sf Feb. 13 2014
By S. Collingwood - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Fast-paced story line with engaging characters. Lots of mental "switching" involved, but it really held my interest and I stayed up all night reading it. The author moved on to the more lucrative Star Wars universe, but the Blackcollar and Cobra series were top-notch.
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