Heart of the Tiger

Wing Commander

Book 3
Baen Books
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Humans are truly against the wall! Terran forces are pushed to a last stand by the ever-encroaching Kilrathi hordes. The end seems very near. It is time for desperation measures. Against overwhelming odds, the humans try to launch a last offensive against the Kilrathi homeworld. Once again, humanity’s last best hope is embodied in her flyers. Never before has so much been asked of so few—and now humanity’s existence itself is on the line!

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Baen Books
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Dec 6, 2016
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205
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9781625795526
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English
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Fiction / Science Fiction / General
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THE BELT deals with the mining operations found in the Kuiper Belt at the start. It is discovered that an alien world called Ortasia has salted planetoids with precious minerals and placed both installations and booby traps in the Kuiper Belt. One of these booby traps kills Space Corps personnel and the best friend of one of the main characters in the book.

Later on, an independent mining operator transports to Ortasia and eventually becomes a hero during the interstellar war he believes might have been caused because he transported to Ortasia. Come to find out, a malevolent empire uses his action to provoke a war and deceives other worlds to fight it.

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The war involves our system, an empire, a confederation of planets, Ortasia, and pirates that want to take advantage of the chaos the war presents.

When it looks like the story is about to end, a dramatic twist is added that will make the reader believe the secret that is discovered is only one of many secrets that are left to be discovered in the Belt.

THE BELT is like a science fiction version of a western. There are mining operations like what we had during gold rush eras. Pirates are like the Indians the cavalry used to fight. The space stations Yukon, Siberia, Patagonia, and Tibet administer small portions of the Belt and are like the frontier forts the protected settlers a century and a quarter ago. There are vast unexplored areas full of potential riches and potential death. THE BELT could be the first in a series of books that will make the Kuiper Belt as interesting as our western frontier. Since our descendants may eventually live and work out there, someone needs to create the mythology and romance that will make the Belt inviting just like the dime novelists did for the Old West. They based their stories on truth and lies and provoked hundreds of thousands to go West to seek their fortune. If I can do the same thing for the Kuiper Belt, I might in the future become like Horace Greeley who told people to go West. My book THE BELT is my way of saying go to the Kuiper Belt and make your fortune as well as lead us to the stars.

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Sequel omnibus edition to Hope Reborn. A young hero overcomes implacable foes to lead a planet fallen into a dark age back to the high point of its lost technological civilization. Contains The Anvil and The Steel in the General series. Series relaunched in The Heretic and continuing in The Savior.

After the collapse of the galactic Web, civilizations crumbled and chaos reigned on thousands of planets. Only on planet Bellevue was there a difference. There, a Fleet Battle Computer named Center had survived from the old civilization. When it found Raj Whitehall, the man who could execute its plan for reviving human civilization, he and Center started Bellevue back on the road leading to the stars.

Now Raj Whitehall has come close to reuniting the entire planet of Bellevue. Because of his victories and because of the way he won them, Raj is loved by the people¾and his army would follow him to Hell. Even those closest to him, his band of sworn companions and his wickedly subtle but utterly loyal wife, hold him in awe.

And that's the problem. For though Raj battles only in the name of his emperor and has proven his loyalty again and again, still the half-mad jealousy and fear of that emperor Clerett is about to give Raj no choice but to revolt or face death and the loss of all he has gained for freedom.

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About prequel omnibus volume, Hope Reborn:
"The various battles and intrigues_all of them very clever and some of them very unexpected_make up the core of these extremely well-written and unabashedly fun books. And really, the action never stops. I highly recommend them to you as theyve come out in a tasty trade format thats very easy to hold and lug around (they are, in other words, backpackable)."¾Amazing Stories

About the Raj Whitehall series:
_[T]old with knowledge of military tactics and hardware, and vividly described action. . .devotees of military SF should enjoy themselves.Ó¾Publishers Weekly

_[A] thoroughly engrossing military sf series. . .superb battle scenes, ingenious weaponry and tactics, homages to Kipling, and many other goodies. High fun.Ó¾Booklist
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