David Drake

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When The Tide Rises - Signed First Edition of Science Fiction - 2008


Author David Drake

David Drake is an accomplished American science fiction and fantasy author, born on September 24, 1945, in Dubuque, Iowa. Widely recognized for his prolific contributions to the speculative fiction genre, Drake has left an indelible mark on the literary world with his unique blend of military science fiction, historical fantasy, and space opera. Raised in Iowa, Drake's early fascination with history and military subjects paved the way for his future literary endeavors. After completing his Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of Iowa in 1967, he served as an enlisted soldier in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. His military experiences profoundly influenced his writing, providing him with firsthand knowledge that would later be reflected in the gritty realism of his works.

Drake's writing career took off in the early 1970s with the publication of his first stories in the military-themed magazine Analog Science Fiction and Fact. His breakthrough came with the release of his novel Hammer's Slammers in 1979, a collection of interconnected stories that introduced readers to his signature blend of military and science fiction. The series would go on to become a hallmark of the genre. One of Drake's most notable collaborations is with author Eric Flint on the Belisarius series, an alternate history saga set during the Byzantine Empire. This collaboration showcased Drake's ability to seamlessly weave historical elements with speculative fiction, creating a rich and engaging narrative. In addition to his contributions to military science fiction, Drake has also explored other sub-genres, including fantasy. His "Lord of the Isles" series, beginning with the novel of the same name in 1997, delves into epic fantasy with a focus on magic and intricate world-building.

David Drake's bibliography is extensive, encompassing numerous novels, short stories, and collaborations. His writing style is known for its attention to detail, authenticity in military matters, and the exploration of complex characters within imaginative settings. Beyond his literary achievements, Drake's impact on the science fiction and fantasy community has earned him recognition and respect. His works have garnered critical acclaim and a dedicated fan base, solidifying his status as a prominent figure in the speculative fiction genre. David Drake continues to be an influential and revered author, leaving an enduring legacy in the realms of both military science fiction and fantasy.


When The Tide Rises - Lt. Leary / RCN series book 6

When the Republic of Cinnabar doesn't have enough battleships to deal with all the crises in its war with the Alliance, it sends the next best thing: Commander Daniel Leary and his friend, the spy Adele Mundy. This time they're off to help the Bagarian cluster in its rebellion against the Alliance, but they'll quickly find that the worst threats to the rebels are the treacherous politicians leading them.

Leary and Mundy use electronic espionage, sub-machine guns, and ship killing missiles to outwit political rivals, put down mutiny, and capture an Alliance fortress. When all else fails, they'll strike for the heart of the Alliance and then throw their tiny corvette into a major fleet action.

A cascade of non-stop action as vivid as only David Drake can write it!


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