The Course Of Empire

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Baen Books, Sep 1, 2003 - Fiction - 512 pages
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Conquered by the Jao twenty years ago, the Earth is shackled under alien tyranny - and threatened by the even more dangerous Ekhat, who are sending a genocidal extermination fleet to the solar system. Humanity's only chance rests with an unusual pair of allies: a young Jao prince, newly arrived to Terra to assume his duties, and a young human woman brought up amongst the Jao occupiers.
But both are under pressure from the opposing forces - a cruel Jao viceroy on one side, determined to drown all opposition in blood; a reckless human resistance on the other, perfectly prepared to shed it. Added to the mix is the fact that only by adopting some portions of human technology and using human sepoy troops can the haughty Jao hope to defeat the oncoming Ekhat attack - and then only by fighting the battle within the Sun itself.
 

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User Review  - superant - LibraryThing

Starting my second read of this book. It was a great read the first time. The intercultural relations is the amazing key to this book. Talks about body language between people who speak different languages. Talks about big projects require group action by people combining together. Read full review

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User Review  - rivkat - LibraryThing

Twenty years ago, the Jao conquered the Earth. Humans are the fightin’est species the Jao ever encountered, making this conquest the most difficult of any the Jao had pulled off before. Americans were ... Read full review

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Contents

CAST OF CHARACTERS
Prologue
Firsts
Honors
Leviathan
To Burn in Salem
Interdict
Inferno
Firsts
Epilogue
Glossary Of Jao Terms
The Ekhat
Interstellar Travel
Copyright

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About the author (2003)

Eric Flint was born in southern California in 1947. He received a bachelor's degree from UCLA in 1968 and did some work toward a Ph.D. in history, with a specialization in history of southern Africa in the 18th and early 19th centuries, also at UCLA. After leaving the doctoral program over political issues, he supported himself from that time until age 50 as a laborer, machinist and labor organizer. In 1993, his short story entitled Entropy and the Strangler won first place in the Winter 1992 Writers of the Future contest. His first novel, Mother of Demons, was published in 1997 and was picked by the Science Fiction Chronicle as a best novel of the year. He became a full-time writer in 1999. He writes science fiction and fantasy works including The Philosophical Strangler and the Belisarius series.

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