- David Weber,
- David Brin, and
- Jerry Pournelle
have said about Fire With Fire).
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Hijacked and stuck in cold sleep by a shadowy intelligence agency, analyst Caine Riordan is reanimated after 13 years to carry out a simple, if clandestine, assignment: assess the first physical evidence of extraterrestrial intelligence.
However, arriving on-site in the Delta Pavonis system, Caine discovers that the job he's been given is anything but secret or safe. With assassins and saboteurs dogging his every step, it's clear that someone doesn't want his mission to succeed.
But when Caine does complete the mission, and first contact with exosapients seems imminent, an even more deadly threat arises: the possibility of an immense interstellar war. The primary objective: to exterminate all of humanity.
And, for some reason, Caine is the first target.
Fire With Fire blends interstellar epic, intrigue, and military SF and is the lead-off novel of the Tales of the Terran Republic future history. Previously published works in this setting—almost 70,000 words worth—have appeared in Analog SF Magazine and the Defending the Future anthologies.
What You'll Find In The Section "Tales of the Terran Republic"
Readers can enter my "history of the future" through wirecopy made available to interstellar travellers by the IINS—the Independent Interstellar News Service. Each page provides updates via "on-site" reportage, interviews with newsmakers, world and equipment statistics, and images from all over the human sphere of space. So remember: you may decide to 'read it all in one visit'—but there will be more wire-copy every week, and updates to the images, features, gazetteer and other sections every quarter. So don't stay away too long: come back to see what's new in humanity's increasingly uncertain future.
MilSciFi.com interviewed me about my work in, and the design of, the universe of Twenty-Second Century Terra: you can read the interview here.