Fire On The Border
Copyright 1990 by
Kevin O'Donnell, Jr.
I first read this on the 19th January 2006.
Kajiwara Hiroshi is the Terran Association's most brilliant general.
He led the first fight against the alien Wayholder Empire, eventually
withdrawing against overwhelming force. He is a samurai and believes
his retreat was shameful, although few would agree.
He is also sworn to obey his master however misguided, deluded or simply
criminal that master may be. Now he has told him to stand down, to allow
the Wayholder empire to commit atrocities against undefended humankind.
But there is a chance that his masters are correct. The truth
is that the penalty for resisting the demands of the Wayholder Empire
is terrifyingly disproportionately immense. It is essential that the
Terry forces take now action against the Wayholder, even while they
slaughter the populations of human worlds. And the Wayholder may
even be our ally against a more evil enemy.
Lieutenant Mei-Liang (Darcy) was in that first conflict with the Wayholder
that so shamed Kajiware. Darcy's lover Billy Wong was killed in the first
seconds of the battle. Darcy survived that, then survived the battle and
finally made herself a heroine. She'll be critical in the future fight,
when we finally decide to fight.
Daitaku is the cloned duplicate of Kajiware-san. He is as brilliant
and determined as the original. However he is young and perhaps hasn't
yet learned moderation and self-control. Can he learn it in time to
defeat the most powerful enemy.
This was pretty good stuff. I have to say that Kevin O'Donnell is seriously
underrated. I hope he'll manage to pen a couple more novels and that they'll
finally establish his reputation. All his novels have such promise, they have
great ideas and intriguing plots. All are very good. but only in "ORA:CLE"
do all the elements come together to make a masterpiece.
that promise really delivered
Loaded on the 29th March 2007.