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We requested David Drake to begin a battle — the result's ...

THE a long way STARS WAR

To struggle or Die one of the Farthest Stars ...

It’s 2237 . . . and the a ways Stars warfare has begun.

Isolated through the sunshine years that lie among them and Earth’s tested colonies, the pioneers at the outskirts of the galaxy by surprise face a cruel enemy—the Gerin. An alien warrior race of unsurpassed cruelty, they're bent at the overall destruction of each different spacefaring race that may problem them for dominance. sooner than human and allied alien gurus can react, the Guerin blast global after global into oblivion.

From the terror-stricken reaction to the 1st lethal Gerin attack via determined battles to the poor aftermath of overall warfare, persist with the League’s area and Marine forces as they problem the enemy with high-tech guns and outdated courage.

This first booklet within the shared universe of The struggle Years sequence, created by means of David Drake and invoice Fawcett, showcases ten tales produced by way of most sensible army SF authors functioning at their writing best.

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