An Honorable Defense (Crisis of Empire, Book 1) by David Drake

By David Drake

The 1st concern of Empire starts with the dying of the Emperor, leaving a toddler as his successor. Will the leaders of the empire rally at the back of the child-Emperor? in the event that they don't, interstellar civilization will once more dissolve into civil conflict and slide into one other lengthy evening of barbarism.

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The tunnel had collapsed, in part, under bombardment, but it looked like it might still be possible to squeeze along it. The worst that could happen was that he’d have to back out. If he headed out onto the dustbowl, he’d surely be found…and besides, there was nowhere he could go. His only hope was getting among whatever was left of the buildings, even though it was walking into the enemy’s hands. He could try to steal one of their vehicles, or one of the casco’s own trucks and Humvees. There didn’t seem much chance of escaping without being seen and heard, or of outrunning the Rising Army’s helicopters, if they came after him, but 41 TERMINATOR 2 he’d find a way around that problem.

Sometimes, like now, she seemed to, but he couldn’t hope. He wished he wasn’t so ordinary looking, that there was something about him that might make her take notice. Of course, he knew he looked okay—good enough to win people’s trust, make them want him to like them. He could charm people, even flirt with the right people. But that didn’t cut much ice with Jade. She was perfect…no, she was more than perfect: she was superior to the most perfect human being. She was even superior to other enhanced warriors from her world, such as Anton, who’d been genetically engineered later in life.

She was like Anton. Sooner or later, they needed rest like anyone else, but John had seen how long they could work with no sign of fatigue. When badly wounded, they’d had to draw on their bodies’ resources to heal up fast, aided by the millions of tiny nanobot mechanisms in their bloodstreams. Then they needed to flood their bodies with protein and other nutrients to get back to normal. To absorb it all, they did actually need sleep. But, except in those cases, they just seemed to work on indefinitely, for as long as it took.

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