THE EIGHTH RANK by David D. Ross

THE EIGHTH RANK

Vol. II, of THE DREAMERS OF THE DAY
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KIRKUS REVIEW

 Second in the series following The Argus Gambit (1989), which introduced a near-future power struggle between stay-at- home reactionaries like megalomaniac businessman Horatius Krebs and a progressive conspiracy involving US President Shefferton, as well as various brilliant scientists whose aim is to build a star-drive and free humanity to expand into the galaxy. Once again, Krebs is trying to grab control of the planet's industry. The Russians launch a fleet of huge battleships to dominate the skies above Earth. However, brilliant organizer Jason Scott and his allies work feverishly to complete the secret star-drive Sunside Project, while good-guy ex-cop Mel Hardrim tracks down various assassins. Only in the more thoughtfully plotted closing chapters does a semblance of ambition and vitality return to what is otherwise a sluggish, talky, and twiddling reprise of book one.

Pub Date: April 17th, 1991
ISBN: 0-312-05426-2
Page count: 432pp
Publisher: St. Martin's
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 15th, 1991