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The Cruel Stars

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The Cruel Stars by John Birmingham
Aug 20, 2019 | 432 Pages
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“Gripping . . . Birmingham alternates between gut punches and laugh-out-loud humor. . . . Plenty of twists, sharp turns, and fateful encounters will keep readers guessing and turning pages. This jarring, engrossing story of a species-wide fight for survival is recommended for all science fiction readers.”Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“[The Cruel Stars] has everything going for it: interesting characters, immersive world building, a believable backstory, high-stakes conflict, visceral action, and credible villains. . . . This is what military space opera should be.”Booklist


“Positively Clancyesque.”Time, on Weapons of Choice

“Insanely clever.”Wired, on Weapons of Choice

“A real page-turner . . . ripping the reader along on the ride.”The San Diego Union-Tribune, on Without Warning

“[A] blockbuster.”Booklist, on Without Warning

“Birmingham’s inspired speculation is ingenious and engrossing.”Publishers Weekly, on After America

“Visceral, cinematic.”SF Site, on After America

“A rollicking ride . . . fast-paced and thought-provoking.”The Sun-Herald (Sydney, Australia), on Angels of Vengeance

“Birmingham knows how to write action.”—Bill Lawhorn, SFRevu, on Angels of Vengeance

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