Trial by Fire (Caine Riordan)

By Charles E. Gannon

Sequel to nationwide bestseller, Nebula Award finalist, and Compton criminal Award winner Fire with Fire. technology fiction experience on a grand scale.

When reluctant interstellar diplomat and intelligence operative Caine Riordan returns from humanity’s first come upon with alien races, surprising struggle clouds burst. With Earth’s fleet shattered by way of a sneak assault and its survivors scuffling with for his or her lives, Caine needs to rely on either his first touch and weaponry talents to deal with the non-humanoid enemy. And whilst the technologically-superior attackers sweep apart the sunlight system’s final defenses, and traitorous organisations invite the invaders to land "security forces," humanity fights again with its most sensible guns: crafty, inventiveness, and guts.
yet as Earth hurtles in the direction of a last trial by means of hearth that's absolute to scar its collective reminiscence, Caine discovers that there can also be huge and tense gaps in that reminiscence. Clues aspect to a miles prior inter-species apocalypse, buried in humanity’s personal prehistory. Which increases a terrifying threat: what if the extraterrestrial beings' invasion of Earth isn't one among conquest, yet preemption? And what if their harrowing stories of a long-past cataclysmic warfare makes them prepared to do whatever to maintain it from reigniting?
whether that implies exterminating the human race.
approximately Trial through Fire:
"Gannon's whiz-bang moment stories of the Terran Republic interstellar event provides at the promise of the 1st (Fire with Fire). . . . The appeal of Caines harrowing event lies in Gannons realization to aspect, which retains the layers of political intrigue and armed forces motion from getting too dense. the handfuls of key characters, a number of theaters of operations, and numerous alien cultures all obtain the correct quantity of awareness. The gratifying solution is more suitable by way of the promise of extra pleasure to return during this attention-grabbing far-future universe."—Publishers Weekly Starred Review
" . . . deals the kind of not easy science-fiction these conversant in the toilet Campbell period of Analog technological know-how Fiction will remember.Gannon throws his readers into an action-packed event. A sequel to fireside With fireplace, it's a nonstop story choked with army science-fiction action." —Daily information of Galveston County
"[A]  white-knuckle event . . . with actual stakes, and units up the following problem for the newly named Terran Republic. Gannon is making it effortless for me to satisfy my target of interpreting extra army SF this year."—Fantasy Literature Review

approximately Compton criminal award winner for most sensible first novel,  Fire with Fire:
“Chuck Gannon is a kind of impressive finds—someone as pleased with characters as he's with know-how, and both adept at supplying these characters with difficulties to resolve. innovative, 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 powerful extraterrestrial beings available in the market, can we endure the destiny of the Aztecs and Incas, or locate the agility to outlive? Gannon fizzes with rules in regards to the harmful 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 technology stored these pages turning."—SF Crowsnest
approximately Starfire sequence hit, Extremis, coauthored by way of Charles E. Gannon:

“Vivid. . . conflict sequences mingle with thought-provoking exegesis . . .”–Publishers Weekly
"It’s a grand, enjoyable sequence of battles and campaigns, invaluable of something Dale Brown or Larry Bond ever wrote." –Analog
approximately Charles E. Gannon:
"[A] powerful [writer of] . . . army SF. . .[much] motion occurring 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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Caine crunched himself into the closest nook, took the gun in either palms, prolonged it out in entrance of himself. the 1st knob that Trevor manipulated activated a chain of dim crimson lights bars that defined the interior airlock door. The lighting flashed quickly. most likely the knob for starting the interior airlock door, the alarm signifying that the airlock itself used to be nonetheless unpressurized. “I’m no linguist, yet i feel pink is their colour for risk, too. ” Caine nodded his contract and re-centered the handgun’s laser sight at the inside door. the following knob Trevor attempted had no instantly observable impact, yet after numerous seconds, they spotted a faint exterior sound: the push of air. Trevor squeezed himself to the opposite aspect of the inner airlock door, drew a pry-bar from his tool-kit, and hefted it. Caine heard his voice over the helmet audio system. “We’ll have to use radio, now. Shift to safe channel 4. ” Caine made the precise selection on his HUD demonstrate with an eye-directed cursor, bit down together with his left molars to substantiate the choice. “Radio money. Are you receiving? ” “Loud and transparent. ” The inrushing of air had already crescendoed and was once now diminishing speedily. “Ready to bop? ” Caine nodded, inquisitive about the serious purple dot that his weapon was once projecting upon the inner door. Trevor manipulated the 1st knob back. This time, the door slid apart. A passage, side-lights receding away vanishing-point kind. No blast of out- or in-rushing air, both; the craft nonetheless had an environment. No signal of fog or superb snow drifting in midair; the humidity hadn’t frozen out, that means that the inner heating hadn’t failed. Trevor stopped turning the knob. “Fresh life-support ability the chance of survivors simply acquired much larger. hide excessive; I’m getting into low. ” “Understood. cross. ” Trevor jackknifed round the fringe of the entrance, swam aggressively into the passage past. He swooped low, hugged the ground tightly as he alongside the wall to his left. “What do you spot? ” Caine requested. “Doors up forward, on each side. rows of handles—the four-flanged variety—run the size of the partitions. ” “For zero-gee flow? ” “That’s my bet. Can’t make out the top of the corridor. seems like a dismal commencing, yet I can’t verify. rattling. What I’d supply for thermal imaging goggles correct approximately now. ” “Should I increase prior you? ” “No, simply subscribe to me the following. This house is simply too tight for a leapfrog increase. ” And I’m no longer more than enough in zero-gee to make it possible, in any case. conserving the gun in his correct hand, Caine driven along with his ft and enable his physique straighten right into a sluggish ahead waft. Trevor hadn’t exaggerated. The hall used to be now not well-suited to human physiognomy. just one and a part meters large through meters excessive, it felt cramped, vaguely resembling the engineering entry areas aboard the Auxiliary Command module. The lighting that receded towards the darkish on the finish of the hall have been extra amber in colour than white. “Caine, watch how you’re dealing with that gun. Don’t aspect the laser down the corridor.

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