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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Ace (January 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0441005934
  • ISBN-13: 978-0441005932
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 2.4 x 17.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 159 g
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #81,701 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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As the Society of Humanity and the Unity Party wage a war in the far reaches of space, soldiers on both sides of the battle realize the bitter truth that underlies a conflict based on profit and power. Moscoe's (Lost Days, Ace, 1998) fast-paced military sf adventure presents a grim look at the reality of war and the cost to those who risk their lives for the causes of others. A good choice for most sf collections.
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.


“Moscoe delivers the goods.”—Steve Perry, New York Times bestselling author
“A lot of fun…a refreshing change from the standard good guy/bad guy divisions in military SF.”—Jack McDevitt, National Bestselling Author

“Space scientists talking about science fiction often disparage the way space battles are depicted. Moscoe won’t be a target for any of those attacks: he’s got it down…I finished the novel wanting more.”—LRC Publications On-Line Reviews

“Good escapist fare.”—Locus

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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) HASH(0x9d11ec24) out of 5 stars 40 reviews
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9ce50804) out of 5 stars A good war story in space. April 5 1999
By Sparta - Published on
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Moscoe has a nice clean writing style that provides just the right level of detail to form his universe and the fighting situations. I enjoy a good sci-fi war story and the author provides it. The central characters are divided between a ground based marine fighting unit and a ship based "naval" unit, and the two story lines merge to climax a good tale.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9ce50858) out of 5 stars The origin of "Those Damn Longknives" April 27 2013
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I finished this before I looked on the copyright page: it is dated 1999, before the Kris Longknife series started. I originally thought this was written recently as a "back story" novel to that series. Apparently, it is the author's first episode in a series in that universe, one that he subsequently abandoned for the Kris stories, which are set in the same universe, but much later.

That would explain why the Kris stories are better written. This was very entertaining, if you like this type of science fiction, but not as good as the author's later works. I especially had a hard time distinguishing who was on what side in the conflict. Point-of-view switched back and forth without enough cues, for me, to know immediately whose events I was following.

____ possible spoiler _____

A nit about the battles on the airless planetoid that takes up about a third of the novel. It wouldn't have been the same story, of course, but why didn't the attacking force drop a nuke in the middle of the crater rather than land outside and attack the "walls?" Just saying.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9ce50c90) out of 5 stars The beginning of the Longknife saga Jan. 1 2014
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Mike Moscoe and Mike Shepherd is the same person and why Shepherd writes under the name of Moscoe in this new series called Jump Universe I have no idea. I love his novels about Kris Longknife and in this new novel you get both a very good story of military science fiction as well as a good start of the Longknife saga with background on persons like Kris' great grandfathers king Raymond and general Trouble. This novel however stands very much on its own as an excellent war story. I would even go as far as saying that its perhaps the best novel so far about the Longknifes including the ones about Kris Longknife. It also explains why many people say how dangerous it is being around the damned Longknifes. This novel is quite a bit darker than than the ones about Kris Longknife but it makes it more realistic. I can highly recommend it as a prequel for those who like the novels about Kris Longknife as well as very good milititary science fiction. As Always with Shepherd/Moscoe its easy to follow the plot, the language is correct and the balance between technology, action and talk is perfect.

Best regards

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9ce50c78) out of 5 stars Prequel to the Kris Longknife series Aug. 3 2013
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The Longknife series keeps referring to events that took place a number of years before the series. Moscoe wrote these before he became Shepard and wrote Longknife. Compared to the Longknife series the Jump Universe books are a bit simpler and lack the background of his later work.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9ce52054) out of 5 stars Outstanding! April 5 2013
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Well, I see I have to disagree with the reviewers who got here before me (sigh). I have been into Science Fiction for a very long time, and I rank this among my favorites. It has wonderful battle scenes, the leading characters are very well developed, and the lesser people are fully fleshed out. It treats the science credibly enough--even FTL (Faster Than Light) travel gets enough of a nod to allow you to overlook the disagreeable thought that (so far as today's science knows) it is impossible.

What I really like is the excitement the story generates. Not just the battles--even the quiet conversations have an aura of barely contained enthusiasm. At no point in reading this did I want to back off and do something else for a while.

Best of all was the real sense of optimism with regard to the future. Our pitiful human race, our weak and inconclusive strivings, our despair--none of that is who we really are. Our future can be magnificent if that is our fervent desire, if we struggle onward toward the best goal of all!

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