The Defiance

The Defiance

by Bill Baldwin

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In these perilous days, all of Emperor Onrad V�s subjects needed to be clever�because cleverness was nearly all they had to fight with. Their ancient Empire stood defiant, but nearly alone and friendless in the Home Galaxy, with only the Great Federation of Sodeskayan States�herself under attack�to help counter the onslaught of Nergol Triannic�s League of Dark Stars. One by one, the great allied star domains had capitulated before these lightning attacks. Now, fully half the galaxy lay prostrate beneath Triannic�s jack-booted feet.

Only a few months after completing the most highly classified assignment of his life�and a surprise promotion to Rear Admiral (lower half)�Wilf Brim�s new assignment: Commander of the Imperial Fleet Base on Atalanta�s Grand Harbor, primary Sector Space Defense for the planet Haelic. His first task: restore the base to a wartime state of affairs in the shortest possible time. The sprawling base�despite its tremendous size and strategic location�had been allowed to become little more than a backwater in the fast-expanding Second Great War. It wasn�t as if the War Cabinet in Avalon City had considered Atalanta unimportant; but Imperial resources were low after years of opposition to defense spending by powerful anti-war groups. Until home production caught up with demand, the Empire�s limited forces would necessarily be concentrated in locations that were under active attack. And Atalanta met that requirement all too well.

If Wilf Brim failed, the Empire itself might be doomed, but if he succeeded, the political situation might end his career.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940149604814
Publisher:, Inc.
Publication date: 11/01/1996
Series: The Helmsman Saga , #7
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 529,024
File size: 422 KB

About the Author

Bill Baldwin wrote The Helmsman (1985)/2003), Galactic Convoy (1987/2003), The Trophy (1990/2007), The Mercenaries (1991), The Defenders (1992), The Siege (1994), Canby's Legion (1995), and The Defiance (October 1996), Science Fiction novels. Helmsman, Convoy, and Trophy are now available in new, revised "Director's-Cut� Editions by special order at bookstores and on-line.

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Defiance 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have been reading this series for years. This book bothers me due to the first person perspective and the obvious lack of editing. This won't stop me from reading the series, as i enjoy the storyline.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I found this story to be an exelent period of wilf brims career i hope the next book is as good and i would be interested to see where bill will take wilf in the stories to come
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Guest More than 1 year ago
the latest in the helmsman series, possibly the weakest yet still quite enjoyable. The author does well mixing the past books into this one so that new reads are not 'left out'. However with the time between installment of this series, it will probalbly leave the reader wanting more....with little hope for another installment soon....