Hellburner (Alliance-Union Universe - prequel) by C. J. Cherryh

By C. J. Cherryh

Heavy Time and Hellburner are set within the Sol approach at the start of the "Company Wars" interval within the twenty fourth century. Heavy Time introduces ASTEX, a department of the Sol Station company (the Earth corporation of Downbelow Station) engaged in asteroid mining for minerals to aid the Earth's financial system and the conflict attempt. Disputes over mining rights, company corruption and monetary exploitation are key plot parts within the first novel.

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This sequel to Heavy Time ( LJ 6/15/91) beneficial properties the ongoing adventures of "belters" Dekker and Pollard because the duo get entangled within the complex and lethal company politics of space.

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Lt. Ben Pollard thinks he's traded the perils of the Belt for protection as an Earth-based desktop jockey for United Defence Command. Then he's compelled to accomplish a challenge of mercy - and lands on an remoted, intrigue-riddled area station. In Hellburner, her most recent novel, Hugo Award winner C. J. Cherryh returns to the best-selling universe of Heavy Time, Cyteen, and Downbelow Station, and creates a narrative of multi-global conspiracy, strength politics, and armed forces in-fighting. right here the stakes are not anything below the way forward for humanity. while Pollard unearths himself stranded at the Sol II conflict set up with out his orders, I.D., and possessions, he discovers anything both nerve-racking. He's been named next-of-kin to a guy he by no means desired to even see back: Paul Dekker, a tender pilot who draws crises like useless flesh attracts flies. the center piece of a top-secret battle venture, Dekker has simply misplaced his complete team in a mysterious freak coincidence and misplaced his brain to amnesia from an tried suicide. Or tried homicide. unexpectedly extra faces from Dekker and Pollard's prior are shanghaied to Sol II: their occasional fans, renegade pilots Meg Kady and Sal Aboujib. jointly that they had as soon as smashed the felony cover-ups of a mining cartel. Now, they're all stuck in a shadowy, lethal maze of power-mongering rivalries among UDC and Fleet Strategic Operations, the Senate and Peace foyer, and the company lords of either Earth and Mars. during this sophisticated, darkish contest with mysteries that deepen by means of the hour and principles that vary abruptly, Pollard, Kady, Aboujib and Dekker needs to continue to exist kidnapping, sabotage, ambush, riots, kangaroo courts, conspiracy, and treason - in simple terms to turn into lab animalsin the frontline of an never-ending battle for humanity's soul. the 2 are being programmed to workforce an experimental deathship nobody has been capable of keep an eye on. And to flee the quagmire of manipulation, Pollard and his partners needs to grasp and wield the impressive energy of - Hel

Both novels, specifically Hellburner, are works of army technology fiction, and happen amidst the advance of the Earth corporation Fleet of warships which are to be deployed opposed to Union forces within the upcoming battle.

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I don't know. I honestly don't know, Ben. " "Come on, Dek, think about it. You got into the core. You remember that? You had to get that far. " He shook his head. He kept seeing dark. Hashing lights. Green lines and gold. Heard Cory saying, Nothing you can do, Dek, nothing you can do... They were back in The Hole. In his room behind the bar. Had a drawerful of pills.... He put a hand over his eyes, men stared at the ceiling and looked over at Ben again to be sure where he was and when he was.

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