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Three years have passed, and the co-operative labours of the Mospheirans, the atevi, and the captains of the star-ship Phoenix has resulted in the successful completion of a working space-shuttle. But as Bren Cameron is soon to find out, the captains are divided in their motives.

In order to maintain the peace and promote progress Bren Cameron must rally the star-ship's crew for the general good and in support of those captains who are more forward thinking.

This report prepared by Charles Smyth








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Plot & Themes

Tone of book    -   very upbeat FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?    -   science fiction story Explore/1st contact/ enviro story    -   Yes Romance    -   Yes Romance plotlets:    -   two lovers coping with tough mission Spying & Investigations    -   Yes What is main char. doing?    -   spying/espionage in enemy territorry    -   finding an assassin (political)    -   unraveling a conspiracy War or Invasion    -   Yes Major kinds of combat:    -   guns Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Human/magical couple?    -   Yes

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   diplomat Age:    -   20's-30's

Setting

Spaceship setting:    -   a space station    -   futuristic human freighter/transport A substantial portion of this book takes place on a non-Earth planetary body:    -   inhabited by friendly aliens    -   unfriendly aliens    -   very controlled society Planet outside solar system?    -   Yes Takes place in spaceship?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment scientific jargon? (SF only)    -   an average amount of scientific explanation Sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references only    -   descript of kissing How much dialogue?    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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