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The Sea Without a Shore (RCN) by David Drake
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The Sea Without a Shore (RCN) (edition 2015)

by David Drake (Author)

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Title:The Sea Without a Shore (RCN)
Authors:David Drake (Author)
Info:Baen (2015), Edition: Reprint, 512 pages
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Number 10 in this series and as it progresses it is much more enjoyable than Weber's Honor Harrington series where Dame Honor never makes mistakes, never is in danger, and never does not advance higher.

Drake served and so he has an appreciation for how things might actually be. Here we are between wars, in the Peace of Amiens (for as Weber, though to a much lesser extent, we have a universe that parallels our history of the Napoleonic wars)

And as such we see that a warrior such as Leary is not employed at all instances to fight for his country but in Peace, the Navy is reduced and he is on the beach. So Drake comes up with a plausible reason for his hero and friends to go back into danger. A plot that is nuanced and deep with layers and intrigue for all.

Where Drake fails us a little is that we know these characters. We have seen their demons and here we are presented repetitively with the demons of Adele Mundy, the 2nd protagonist several times, from the exact same view, rather than breaking through to a new realization and the next level of being a human. So she becomes a cliche throughout the story and needs to put aside or deal with her past so we don't relive her angst more than once a story. In fact, as Leary has advanced in career and realized that he has put aside his salad days, even though he is youthful, his responsibilities are that of a man of more sober years and he has glimpses of how he should act, and then does so, but we never seem to tie up those loose ends and have him really take the next step of being an adult.

Those qualms, put to bed and allow our heroes to advance from the circular shackles they are in would do great service to the series. Otherwise this is an excellent adventure and read. ( )
  DWWilkin | Aug 10, 2015 |
This latest book in Drake's 'Lt Leary' series sees the eponymous captain and his faithful companion and intelligence agent Adele Mundy travel to a world in rebellion where they have to keep Adele's other boss's son alive as they search for a lost treasure. All the action that you have come to expect from Drake but despite having all of history to draw on the plots are beginning to feel a bit samey to those of us without the historical knowledge :-) ( )
  JohnFair | Dec 18, 2014 |
Low key, but good utilization of great characters in peacetime role. ( )
  jamespurcell | Jun 22, 2014 |
...my favourite characters return!

Lt. Daniel Leary and his RCN Sissies and accompanying satellite characters--a group that worm their way into your affections and stay there!
I just think Adele Mundy is a thoroughly interesting person, introvert and socially inept, or maybe ignorant, though she is. Given her history how can we expect anything else. She has become stronger as the series has progressed and in this book she is more central than Daniel Leary.
Her continuing reflections about her life and place in her ongoing world open her up to us even more than before. I really enjoy her interaction with and views about Miranda, Daniels fiancé.
Adele's thoughts in particular about her inevitable death, something she seems to almost welcome as a penance for those deaths she's caused that haunt her are revealing. As are the various facets of her friendship with Daniel, a friendship that has become her lifeline, her touchstone back to her humanity.
Her views about Tovera her bodyguard cum servant are intriguing, delivered as they often are in a one dimensional reflective tone. Yet Adele or 'the mistress' as the spacers call her is anything but one dimensional. She is extremely focused and highly motivated especially with anything that touches on Daniel or the work that her other employer Mistress Bernis Sand, head of Cinnibar Intelligence Service, hands her.
It was fascinating to me when Adele, stepping outside her comfort zone did something that humans normally do, that is, wave a friend [Daniel] over, simultaneously telling Tovera that she, Tovera is a good role model.
'By now Tovera was better at pretending to be a normal human than her mistress was.
But then, Adele had never seen the point of the exercise.'
One takes a step back and has to think a bit more about who Adele is and just what is normal. The training, the humanizing of Tovera has given Adele another purpose it seems.
Tovera, sociopath, shadowy figure that she is, is also revealed a little more in this book. I loved it when, in a very rare conversation with Tovera, after nary a flicker of an eyebrow! Daniel says that he would give her a home if anything happened to Adele.
I also enjoy the interplay between Hogg and Tovera, both having similar roles, both capable of total focus and destruction. Hogg, piratical poacher that he is, is without doubt the man to have at your back in a crisis. Tovera's capability for focused destruction strikes the same cord.
Of course Daniel and Adele are up against unknown odds in this adventure. This time Adele has specific orders and interests on two fronts. Daniel is not on official Cinnibar RCN business but as per usual that seems to slide into an area of possibility.
Sand's son Rikard Cleveland has been kidnapped and Daniel and Adele are tasked to find him. Adele is also undertaking a task for Daniel's sister, Deirdre Leary. A task that touches on Daniel's well being.
Adele once more demonstrates that she is a whizz with all things regarding gathering and analyzing data. Their relationship is now to the point where she and Daniel either think as one or Daniel stands back and allows her to make the decisions. Trust and respect between the two moves into a new dimension. The inclusive socializing of Adele continues!
We know Adele communicates more readily via an interface than in person and in many ways she is similar to Torvea in this stunted part of her growth. But like the spacers who serve with her, we accept her and champion her.
It was rather touching when Cory made sure that in the destruction of the Gulkander Palace by missiles he endeavoured to do it so that a cache of antique books Adele had found would still be available to her. Such is the regard the 'Sissies' have for Adele. She is part of their family.
We also see the healing of other characters begin to happen. A nice touch! Daniel Leary has great wisdom in his Bantry educated, Hogg assisted that it was, heart.

A NetGalley ARC ( )
1 vote eyes.2c | May 3, 2014 |
Drake pours on the adventure and gives readers an excellent time.

The Sea without a Shore by David Drake is the latest (#10) in the Daniel Leary / Adele Mundy space navy series. Drake keeps things fresh in this adventure of the duo in the Cinnabar Navy--RCN as all the insiders call it. Because this is one of a series, and because the author has said he tries to make it possible to start the series from any one of the books, this book has some passages that readers familiar with the series will either welcome as familiar friends or feel some level of annoyance with the repetition of stuff they already know. Mine was the familiar friends reaction.

David Drake (as his author's note explains) takes earth minor historical events and recasts them as a plot framework for Leary & Mundy to work through in different planets and star systems. It's a technique that works very well for me. The author is able to take his characters through multiple adventure scenarios without becoming repetitive (except in as much as some have found the explanations of the Matrix or Leary or Mundy's personal history repetitive, as mentioned above).

In this book, they are not acting as official RCN members. They escort the son (formerly a ne'r do well, but now reformed) of Adele's civilian boss to a planet where there's a revolution going on, where the son hopes to find a buried treasure to help his side buy weapons and win the revolution. They don't know if there really is a treasure, but they set off to help--with Adele having a related secret mission that she doesn't share with Daniel or anyone else!

In one sense, it's a well-known pattern for fans of the series--Daniel & Adele are given a nearly impossible mission, Daniel thinks up a bold and sly plan, and Adele gets normally inaccessible information and fools the opposition. This may sound simple and mundane, especially after nine previous novels in the series, but once again, for me, Drake pours on the adventure and gives readers an excellent time.

I've read all his books in the Leary & Mundy series more than twice! and I expect to do the same with this volume. ( )
  library-of-origin | Feb 8, 2014 |
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"Cinnabar's chief spymaster is a mother also, and her son is determined to search for treasure in the midst of a civil war. Who better to watch over him then Captain Daniel Leary, Cinnabar's troubleshooter, and his friend cyberspy Adele Mundy? The only thing certain in the struggle of the mining planet Corcyra is that the rival parties are more dangerous to their own allies than to their opponents. Daniel and Adele face kidnappers, hijackers, pirates and a death squad--even before they can get to their real business of ending the war and escorting the boy on his mission"--… (more)

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