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Though Hell Should Bar the Way

RCN Series, Book 12
Narrated by: Victor Bevine
Series: RCN Series, Book 12
Length: 12 hrs and 23 mins
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Summary

A new novel in the nationally best-selling RCN military SF series.

David Drake, dean of military science fiction, returns with another entry in his best-selling RCN series.

From wealth and power to poverty and insults!

Roy Olfetrie planned to be an officer in the Republic of Cinnabar Navy, but when his father was unmasked as a white-collar criminal he had to take whatever he was offered.

What is offered turns out to be a chance to accompany Captain Daniel Leary and Lady Adele Mundy as they go off to start a war that will put Roy at the sharp end.

Duty snatches Roy from the harem of a pirate chief to a world of monsters, from interstellar reaches in a half-wrecked starship to assassination attempts at posh houses. Roy has the choice of making friends or dying friendless; of meeting betrayal and responding to it; of breaking his faith or keeping it at the risk of his life.

Pirates, politics, and spies - and, waiting for Roy if he survives all the rest, a powerful warship.

The action doesn't slow - nor can Roy, for if he does the only question is which of the many threats will be the one to catch and kill him. But Captain Leary himself has given Roy a chance, and Roy is determined make the most of it - Though Hell Should Bar the Way.

©2018 David Drake (P)2018 Audible, Inc.

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THE Great RCN series from a new perspective

I really enjoyed looking in as it where totheworld of Leary/Mundy and I found the story a real "page turner" metaphorically speaking.
if you like RCN book i think this one, although different, is a really great addition to the series.
Highly Recommended

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An Oblique Approach

Daniel Leary and Adele Mundy are back, for the twelfth book in the RCN series! Except, well, David Drake has taken what he might call "an oblique approach" this time, and our two main characters are very much on the sidelines. Sure, they have a mission - but we have a new character centre stage, and he narrates the story - his story. At first this works well, as Roy Olfetrie encounters Daniel, and joins his crew (helped along by him being a cousin of Daniel's wife), so we see characters from a new perspective... but a few chapters in, he gets shanghai'd, captured by pirates, and sold on a far-away planet which has a touch of the Arabian Nights about it, with harems, slaves, eunuchs... He wants to escape, but he sees, via closed-circuit surveillance, a girl who was also abducted and sold to the harem...

Personally, while this section of the book was pretty well done, I did end up feeling that it was going on too long - I wanted to get back to what Daniel and Adele were involved in, not have another twist and turn in the escape, and the voyage in a not very well-maintained pirate ship. We did get back there eventually, to find, in a rather large coincidence, that the girl was important to the mission, and got back on track, with some suitably dramatic action on the planet and in space.

It looks as if Roy won't be a permanent member of Daniel Leary's team, as he ends up with a new role, which could well be classed as a happy ending. Let us hope for further RCN novels that get back on the main track. We could even go over the same mission again, but from the normal perspective! If you've not tried David Drake's RCN series before, it would probably be best to begin at the start rather than here, but it's still an entertaining adventure on its own.

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  • Munte
  • 05-04-18

Introduction To A Future Crew Member!?

While being a book written from the perspective of a new character I did not find it detracted any from the story or enjoyment as compared to any of the other books in the series.
Now having said that much I am sure not everyone will agree.
There will probably even be people who disagree to the extent that they will not read the whole book.
This will be their loss since being shortsighted blind fools they will be missing out.

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I wish I could say that Victor Bevine did a great jobb as usual, but in my opinion he did not do as well this time around. I found myself having to re-listen to certain passages at times to make sure I grasped what was going on and who was saying what. Now I figure Victor is not fully to blame as David has a tendency to so ;) "Curtail" his sentences as to be somewhat..

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Most of this book is focused on us getting to know Roy Olfetrie while also touching on piracy and slavery somewhat, along with some space action and daring do.
Mostly tho as I said its about us getting a glance at Roy's background, personality, motivations and so forth so as to in my opinion integrate him into Leary & Mundy's "little" circle of friends. This was my guess even before I got to the ending of this book where my first suspicions about what would happen and where Roy would end up was confirmed.

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Leary now having reached the lower echelons of Flag Rank being a Senior Captain in charge of a Destroyer Flotilla, having acquired the requisite dogs body along with Adele Mundy being.. herself, well things are looking decidedly interesting..
Now what kind of epic adventure action will they get up to next!?








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  • Peter J.
  • 05-04-18

Refreshing take on a long Series

All long series start to wane, but the introduction of a key new character had refreshed this series. The dialogue was sharp & clear.
Its not a restart to the series but certainly a reboot to the RCN universe.
Narration the best with Victor Bevine.

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  • Melanie
  • 08-01-20

Great change of perspective

A wonderful adventure laid within the foundation of the world and characters you know so well, but with a perspective twist.

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  • Lydia H.
  • 12-12-19

a very different kind of book

rather than following Daniel and Adele this book introduced a new character who has a very 1001 Arabian Nights style adventure. I lost track of the plot several times and actually returned my copy rather than re-listening.

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  • Katherine E. Porter
  • 08-06-19

Worth reading for a change

It has been difficult in recent years to care about this series. Finally, the author put some effort into one of his novels!

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  • Crawtrapman
  • 11-03-19

great new character

I enjoyed the performance and the story a lot. it was very interesting seeing old friends from a new perspective.

I reccomend it a lot.

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  • P. Lohnes
  • 30-01-19

Maybe the best Leary book even though it’s not about Leary

Just listened to this for the second time and enjoyed at least as much as the first. Wonderfull action adventure story. Hope to see more of Roy, Lal, and Monica.

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  • lgm
  • 28-01-19

Great fresh approach to RCN series.

This story had a different POV from first 11 books in the series and thus gives different perspective to Leary and Monday. Exciting story.

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  • Hodari Abramson
  • 21-09-18

Best in series

The departure from the normal RCN adventure and the first person perspective of the story that tells story of the young third mate just joining Daniel Leary crew.

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  • Greg Tipping
  • 06-08-18

New angle on an old favorite

I really enjoyed this title, the introduction of a new main character was well done and being able to view Daniel and Adele from a new perspective (as well as the other crew members) was a lot of fun. I have listened to every title in the RCN series and keep expecting the stories to lag, this new book promises to keep the RCN sailing strong. The narration of Victor Bevine is spot on as always and brings the crew to life as he always does. I highly recommend this book to any fans of the series or to anyone that loves a good space opera.