The Spark

The Spark NEW STANDALONE NOVEL BY SF MASTER DAVID DRAKE In a violent world in which civilization has fallen and monsters roam a young hero will rise In the time of the Ancients the universe was united—but that was so far in the past that not even memory remains only the broken artifacts that a few Makers can reshape into their original uses What survives is shattered into enclaves—some tiny some ruined some wild Into the gaps between settlements and onto the Road that connects all human reality and the reality that is not human and may never have been human have crept monsters Some creatures are men twisted into inhuman evil; some of them are alien to Mankind—And there are things which are hostile to all life things which will raven and kill until they are stopped A Leader has arisen welding the scattered human settlements together in peace and safety and smashing the enemies of order with an iron fist In his capital Dun Add the Leader provides law and justice In the universe beyond his Champions advance—and enforce—the return of civilization Pal a youth from the sticks has come to Dun Add to become a Champion Pal is a bit of a Maker and in his rural home he&39;s been able to think of himself as a warrior because he can wield the weapons of the Ancient civilization Pal has no idea of what he&39;s really getting into in Dun Add On the other hand the Leader and Dun Add have no real idea of what might be inside this hayseed with high hopes THE SPARK A story of hope and violence and courage And especially a story of determination About The Spark" entertaining tale combining the feel of Arthurian legend with nifty far-future super science "—Publishers WeeklyAbout David Drake“Drake deftly weaves a web of political machinations and intrigue that vividly depicts the costs of war Fans of Patrick O&39;Brian&39;s Maturin and Aubrey novels will enjoy this intricate rousing space opera” —Publishers Weekly“Rousing old-fashioned space opera”—Publishers Weekly“The fun is in the telling and Mr Drake has a strong voice I want more!”—Philadelphia Weekly Press“Space opera is alive and well This series is getting better as the author goes alongcharacter development combined with first-rate action and memorable world designs”—SFReadercom“Prose as cold and hard as the metal alloy of a tankrivals Crane and Remarque”—Chicago Sun-Times“Drake couldn’t write a bad action scene at gunpoint”—Booklist
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