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Fire with Fire An agent for a spy organization uncovers an alien alliance in nearby interstellar space an alliance that will soon involve humanity in politics and war on a galactic scale September Intelligence

  • Title: Fire with Fire
  • Author: Charles E. Gannon
  • ISBN: 9781451638837
  • Page: 350
  • Format: Paperback
  • Fire with Fire By Charles E. Gannon, An agent for a spy organization uncovers an alien alliance in nearby interstellar space an alliance that will soon involve humanity in politics and war on a galactic scale 2105, September Intelligence Analyst Caine Riordan uncovers a conspiracy on Earth s Moon a history changing clandestine project and ends up involuntarily cryocelled for his troubles Twelve years lateAn agent for a spy organization uncovers an alien alliance in nearby interstellar space an alliance that will soon involve humanity in politics and war on a galactic scale 2105, September Intelligence Analyst Caine Riordan uncovers a conspiracy on Earth s Moon a history changing clandestine project and ends up involuntarily cryocelled for his troubles Twelve years later, Riordan awakens to a changed world Humanity has achieved faster than light travel and is pioneering nearby star systems And now, Riordan is compelled to become an inadvertent agent of conspiracy himself Riordan s mission travel to a newly settled world and investigate whether a primitive local species was once sentient enough so to have built a lost civilization.However, arriving on site in the Delta Pavonis system, Caine discovers that the job he s been given is anything but secret or safe With assassins and saboteurs dogging his every step, it s clear that someone doesn t want his mission to succeed In the end, it takes the broad based insights of an intelligence analyst and a matching instinct for intrigue to ferret out the truth that humanity is neither alone in the cosmos nor safe Earth is revealed to be the lynchpin planet in an impending struggle for interstellar dominance, a struggle into which it is being irresistibly dragged Discovering new dangers at every turn, Riordan must now convince the powers that be that the only way for humanity to survive as a free species is to face the perils directly and to fight fire with fire.

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    1. This is one of those novels that you absolutely need to be in the mood for.I ve been through cycles in my reading where I might have violently rejected this kind of glorious space opera and other times where I might think it was a fairly cool, light, and transparent adventure.This time, however, it hits me in precisely the right spot I wanted a true and one dimensional hero that plows excellently through all the hardships thrown at his polymath mind, overcoming moral quandaries with steadfast he [...]

    2. A very uneven book The good The second half of the book managed to create a bit of interesting intrigue and set up for subsequent books Some of the dialogue is quite good, and a few of Riordans deductions quite well done The bad Some of the language is a bit ahem rough Undulating torsos and sinous women Tsk tsk The women are tough as nails as long as there s not a man around to save them Then they simper, refuse to go through doors or have irrational breakdowns ALL the women with significant spe [...]

    3. I can t stop smiling It s been far too long since I ve read a good science fiction novel Once my go to genre, science fiction has taken a back seat to fantasy of late Charles E Gannon s FIRE WITH FIRE absolutely falls under the definition of good science fiction It is a novel that has reminded me just what it is that I love about the genre and it has ensured that I will be following Gannon s work closely in the years to come FIRE WITH FIRE sets a great many things in motion, signaling the start [...]

    4. I find it mind boggling that this book was nominated for a 2014 Nebula Award.The book is not very well written An important new plot line is not introduced until 65% of the way through the story Dialog is often not credible The plot line diverges unexpectedly, with little or no preparation for the reader Some aspects of the story appear to be included solely in order to increase the page count The scenes shift without warning, as does the primary plot line New concepts and characters are introdu [...]

    5. Stopped at about 70 pages in Wow, SUPER stereotypes, clunky infodump dialog, and it promises to be a sausage fest peppered with cliche females I had to stop when the first woman to appear was immediately a sexy seductive vixen and introduced with her curves Blargh I m sure there s fun in this, but it just seems like really, really, REALLY typical old style mil SF.

    6. This book takes a mighty swing at being a Great Space Opera and hits a long foul ball Exciting to watch, but in the end disappointing Which is another way of saying it s a pretty good read but not a great book The names mentioned around this book Weber, Flint, Pournelle give you a hint This isn t Arthur C Clarke, this isn t Bujold s Vorkosigan series, this isn t Dickson s Dorsai The hero is essentially Keith Laumer s Retief No, really here A diplomatic Mary Sue We meet alien races, one of which [...]

    7. So you have to understand that a book written in the 1960 s is going to be laden with misogyny because that was the prevailing attitude of the time, andWait, what this book came out last year In that case the author is a horrible misogynist.I actually did have to check the publishing date, this future world has to be the least technologically advanced future I have ever seen It s almost a hundred years in the future and the self driving cars are worse than the self driving cars that exist now.An [...]

    8. DNFFrankly I desperately wanted to like this book The setup was really interesting and I was in the mood for something light hearted after all the Malazan Empire stories I had read.Sadly, in spite of all my attempts to get into reading this I was ultimately unable to and quit reading at page 207, maybe a third of the way through the book.The characters were uniformly flat, and the leftist workers rights agenda was too ham fisted, and the character arcs were clumsy and predictable, and the bad g [...]

    9. A super competent writer is put on ice for decades by a secret government agency, and, when he s revived, sent on a mission to investigate rumors of extraterrestrial contact on an alien world, an then a bunch of other stuff happens.There is a style of book affectionately referred to as competency porn, which often involves a particularly intelligent and skilled main character doing some difficult tasks better than anyone else It can be enjoyable, if done well and with a certain amount of restrai [...]

    10. very entertaining old style sf with modern sensibilities and the start of a series with great promiseFire with Fire was a book I really did not expect to even open as based on the Starfire novel co written with S White Extremis which for some reasons did not work in the least for me while its first installment Exodus to which Extremis is the conclusion co written by S White with someone else once D Weber left the series due to his many commitments, was quite good, I kind of put Charles Gannon on [...]

    11. I wanted to like this book than I did It has most of everything I like in a good space opera intrigue, action, mysterious aliens, conspiracies, spies and soldiers not enough space ships though.Like many reviewers, I will agree that it reminded of an old fashioned classic of the genre Where I can t agree is that it deserves 5 stars My complaints are, in no particular order 1 The Hero he makes Wesley Crusher look like an incompetent idiot There is nothing this guy can t do, which makes him too re [...]

    12. Great fun Sometimes the child in me needs these kind of science fiction adventures, even if they are spend in the company of one dimensional characters and anthropomorphic aliens.

    13. I wanted to like this book, but failed When it s done well, I love this sort of thing But see the other negative reviews here crude, poorly written, etc etc 1.5 stars Bah Not for me

    14. Action, adventure, mystery, romance, surprises followed by surprises The prose is crisp, the story deftly executed, and the plot is wheels within wheels, the right hand not only not knowing what the left hand is doing, but often unaware there is a left hand.Caine is a polymath, his sharp mind and competence not always from training, but often from intuition, yet he also shares the most common needs and weaknesses of the rest of us, as well as uncommon ones which make this such a philosophically [...]

    15. I m not sure which is boring in a book a plot that doesn t go anywhere, or a main character who is perfect Unfortunately, Fire with Fire has both I ll first start with my qualms about the plot This story started way too late, as it didn t get interesting until halfway through Even when it did finally get interesting, it suddenly became bogged down in committee Seriously Didn t we learn anything from the Star Wars prequels Adding politics to a story about traveling across space merely makes it t [...]

    16. Caine Riordan is a writer, not a soldier, but when he chases a story to the Moon, he apparently steps too close to a secret held by an organisation that does not officially exist, or so he is led to believe when they pull him from cryogenic sleep thirteen years later He was put on ice for his own protection, apparently, and the process robbed him not only of than a decade but of the last hundred hours before he went down.What happened in those hours That question, in part, initially drives Rior [...]

    17. Re reading for my SF group December 2014 Journalist Caine Riordan wakes up in the year 2118 and discovers that he has been in cryosleep for 13 years and has no memory of the last 4 days before he was put to sleep Thus begins a rousing classic SF adventure that includes a number of promising themes, including unscrupulous corporations greedily exploiting resources on other planets, recognition of a possible new sapient species and a lost civilization, humanity s encounter with and candidate membe [...]

    18. The best way to describe Charles E Gannon s Fire With Fire is old fashioned , in both the best and worst senses of that term On one hand, Gannon s novel offers a meticulously detailed and broadly examined future history the kind of thing old school SF nerds gush over while adding a few new twists and wrinkles to the classic first contact narrative By that I mean there are lots of tried and true genre tropes recycled in this novel, but rendered skillfully enough for the most part to maximize thei [...]

    19. In the classic movie, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, the opening scene shows a coin being tossed repeatedly And always coming up heads Heads Heads Heads It goes on long enough for the viewer to realize that the laws of probability have been suspended here, and will remain suspended hereafter If you haven t seen it, go watch the movie and come back to this review later This isn t important, and it will keep I read a lot of sci fi, and I get a head start on a lot of it by looking at jiltan [...]

    20. An old school space opera which for some reason vaguely reminded me of Andersen s Dominic Flandry as he dashed around the galaxy solving problems.Our hero begins already a hero, having flown a mission to deflect a doomsday rock from collision with Earth He s awakened after a dozen years in cryo sleep, recruited into a secret organization, discover someone s trying to kill him, and has his boss pimp him with a sexy bodyguard When Earth is contacted by a compact of alien races and offered a chance [...]

    21. First off if you don t count Orson Scott Card, this is only my second SciFi novel, so I don t have a lot of comparison.I bought this, because I decided to read the Nebula Award nominees.I got into the story quite fast, and it was a good and fun read It was not exactly what I was expecting especially in the beginning it felt like a spy action novel with cold storage units, than SciFi It s only in the second half that we get to see a bit of a spaceship, and meet then the one single Alien from th [...]

    22. I m not going to say much about the plot of Fire with Fire One, because the backcover copy Two, because it s difficult to say much about the plot without spoilers And the twists there are several are what Fire With Fire does best.Fire with Fire is a funny book As a science fiction book, there are a lot of cool ideas As a thriller, Gannon has a nice grasp on tension and the twist But, again, as a science fiction book, it fails at worldbuilding There is too much telling, and not enough showing Som [...]

    23. There s a core of interesting material in the book, but it s almost completely obscured by a hugely bloated storyline I mean, almost 500 pages At least half of those are entirely unrelated to the plot, rambling divergences that contribute nothing to the story and should have been cut by the editor Additionally, there are numerous problems with the science part of science fiction in it, very basic omissions that just yank you out of the story.It s an interesting take on first contact, but tremend [...]

    24. Excellent space opera with very strong SF elements This is a novel of many dimensions including interstellar exploration, first contact and human entry into galactic society presented in a tautly plotted, well paced narrative The mysteries surrounding the main character, Caine Riordan, at the outset evolve into even deeper mysteries in a presentation style that recalls classic pulp SF books However, the author delivers secrets and revelations with the savvy of a modern spy novel.Thoroughly enjoy [...]

    25. This was also an entertaining read though it did take some time to build to the action part of the book The main character is somewhat of jack of all trades and never fails to have the answer to anything faced during the book This could have been toned down some what and I will have to see how the character is written in the preceding books in this series The author also spent a lot of time with building the world characteristics so I hope these are utilized to good purpose in further reading 3. [...]

    26. I m glad I got this from the library and didn t buy it It s very patchy, some excellent parts, then reaaaaly lags in bits The author seems to be confused about whether he is writing a superficial Dan Brownesque techno thriller or a first contact sci fi novel The hero is ridiculously one dimensional in his intellectual, physical and moral perfection For that matter so are the eco villains.Meh.

    27. It takes some commitment and patience as it s a little slow, but a really enjoyable IMMERSIVE science fiction novelaffersbookreview 201

    28. Fire with Fire is the virtual epitome of a 3 star book it tells a fairly interesting story which gets better at the end but has some noticeable issues Issue one it that it doesn t tell a complete story Listening to this book without paying attention to how much time was left I was surprised when the book ended just when the main intrigue was about to be addressed This is, of course, a common occurrence in today s book market where neither authors nor publishers feel obligated to tell a complete [...]

    29. Exciting beginning to an intriguing new seriesSent into long term cryogenic suspension, and memory wiped by a secretive agency with potentially noble goals and dubious ethical standards, Caine Riordan is unsure who to trust when he finally wakes up He agrees to investigate the possibility of corporate malfeasance and the possibility of expo sapience on an Clooney world, but what he finds out propels him into a shadow war of galactic proportions.There s some slow bits but mostly the plot rolls fo [...]

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