Cross the Stars by David Drake

Published: 1984

Genre: military scifi

Length: 309 pages

Setting: various planets and habitats in the galaxy, far future

Interest: It was a random book picked off my Kindle (that seems to be the only way I read Drake novels) to read while we were camping. Bonus – it was a Hammer’s Slammers book.

Summary: Don Slade was on his way back to his home world of Tethys after a stint in Hammer’s Slammers. But he doesn’t make it when he was expected. It seems the ship he flew out on turned to piracy and he was asked to lead attacks, based on his experience. While Slade isn’t pleased with the change of plans, he soon feels responsible for the crew. Of course, most of their attempts at piracy don’t bring the riches the crew is hoping for, only new difficulties to overcome. Eventually, Slade makes it to Tethys, where he finds a rival house is making a move to overthrow the hereditary leadership of the Slade household. Beverly Dyson is a snake who will run Tethys into the ground so Slade works to stop him.

Final thoughts: A perfectly enjoyable book and just what I was looking for when I was camping. There was an author’s note at the end that explained the book was Drake’s retelling of The Odyssey. I wish I would have known that at the beginning – I could have watched for similarities instead of trying to remember them after the fact. But there was lots of action and different environments to fight in and a variety of alien things to fight.

Title comes from: Slade journeyed across the stars to eventually get home to Tethys. It’s also meant to evoke The Odyssey.

Reading challenges fulfilled: #55 in my Maybe 100 This Year Challenge

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