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Shadowline by Glen Cook
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Shadowline (1982)

by Glen Cook

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Wow, Mr. Cook, you really let me down! Normally, I enjoy your books immensely—from the Black Company to the Garrett stories—but this one was so puerile I couldn't read it. I ended up skimming the last 1/3 just to find out how the story ended and then recycled the book. I will not be continuing the trilogy. ( )
  TadAD | Aug 21, 2014 |
Story of a hardened mercenary Gnaeus Storm brought into an unwanted conflict by schemes of both his brother Michael and mysterious Sangaree Deeth. Soon old grudges will surface and families will clash, brother against brother, family against their own, revealing plot within plot – resulting in death of almost entire Storm family – and most probably end of standalone mercenary armies. Masato Storm – The Mouse – will survive the onslaught only to continue this never ending vendetta against the Sangaree who brought death to his family.

Reads like a classic Greek tragedy – story of revenge that only brings doom to participants. Glen Cook is great as always.
I cannot wait to see what happens in the Starfisher trilogy #2 and #3.

Great book, recommended. ( )
  Zare | Jul 27, 2009 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 044630154X, Mass Market Paperback)

The Vendetta In Space...had started centuries before "Mouse" Storm was born...with his grandfather's raid on the planet Prefactias, the blood bath that freed the human slaves from their Sangaree masters. But one Sangaree survived-the young Norbon heir, the man who swore vengenace on the Storm family and their soldiers, in a carefully mapped plot that would take generations to fulfill. Now Mouse's father Gneaus must fight for an El Dorado of wealth on the burning half of the planet Blackworld. As the great private armies of all space clash on the narrow Shadowline that divides inferno from life-sheltering shade, Gneaus' half-brother Michael plays his traitorous games, and a man called Deeth pulls the deadly strings that threaten to entrap them all-as the Starfishers Trilogy begins.

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The vendetta in space had started centuries before "Mouse" Storm was born with his grandfather's raid on the planet Prefactlas, the blood bath that freed the human slaves from their Sangaree masters. But one Sangaree survived-the young Norborn heir, the man who swore vengeance on the Storm family and their soldiers, in a carefully mapped plot that would take generations to fulfill. Now Mouse's father Gneaus must fight for an El Dorado of wealth on the burning half of the planet Blackworld. As the great private armies of all space clash on the narrow Shadowline that divides inferno from life-sheltering shade, Gneaus' half-brother Michael plays his traitorous games, and a man called Death pulls the deadly strings that threaten to entrap them all-as the Starfishers Trilogy begins.… (more)

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