A Talent for War

A Talent for War

Book - 1989
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Christopher Sim changed mankind's history forever when he forged a rag-tag group of misfits into the weapon that broke the alien Ashiyyur. But now, one man believes Sim was a fraud, and Alex must follow the legend into the heart of the alien galaxy to confront a truth far stranger than any fiction
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Ace Books, c1989
Edition: Ace mass market ed
ISBN: 9780441012176
0441012175
Characteristics: 310 p. ; 17 cm

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kariharrison
Jul 25, 2013

Really slow first half. I went back to this one after reading a later book in the series. I would not recommend starting with this one. The other comment was correct about the Chase Kolpath introduction.

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plunger
Mar 07, 2012

If you're a fan going back through the earlier publication dates, the words "My name is Chase Kolpath" will be pretty exciting.
Takes a bit to really get going, but the last bit is a real page turner.

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Oct 12, 2015

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RunningJoke
Oct 12, 2015

From page 51, 4th paragraph from bottom:
"Schleimann [sic] and Champollion were amateurs," I said growing somewhat testy. "So were Towerman and Crane...."

- Schliemann, Heinrich
(1822-1890)
German Arachaeologist
(Re-?) Discovered ancient Troy in Anatolia (Hissarlik, Turkey)

- Champollion, Jean-Francois
(1790-1832)
French Egyptologist
Translated the Rosetta Stone

- "Towerman and Crane"
("Further study is required")
Probably names made up by the author.

From: A Talent for War
By: Jack McDevitt
Copyright 1989

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