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The War of the Sky Lords

(1989)
(The second book in the Sky Lords series)
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Publisher's Weekly
This sequel to Brosnan's The Sky Lords is as fast-paced and action-packed (and lurid and shallow) as its predecessor. Since the Gene Wars devastated the Earth with biological weapons, civilization has collapsed into a semi-feudal state: an enslaved peasantry of surface dwellers (''earthworms'') pays tribute to the rulers of the Sky Lords, giant airships left over from before the Wars. But former slave Jan Dorwin, in command of the Sky Angel, a brand-new airship which can easily defeat the others, aims to free the groundlings. She is hindered, however, by the sentient computer, which is going insane, that controls the airship; by the diabolical Milo, her old enemy, now bizarrely resurrected after his death in the first book; and by the Sky Lords, unwillingly aided by Ryn, a runaway from a prewar utopian enclave, and his super-high-tech plane. Brosnan's plot and prose are straight out of the pulp adventure tradition, and offer the pleasures of stereotypical characters, a shot of sex and some rather gruesome violence, but nothing more.

Library Journal
Former slave Jan Dorvin now commands her own Sky Angel, one of the gigantic airships used by the powerful Sky Lords to dominate the landbound populations of a devastated Earth. Determined to free the surface peoples, Jan is besieged by enemies within, as her ship's artificial intelligences turn against her, and without, as the Sky Lords join forces for a mass attack. Embellishing a familiar sf theme of primitive civilizations relearning vanished technologies, Brosnan creates a fast-moving sf adventure suitable for large libraries.

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Hardback Editions

June 1992 : USA Hardback
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Title: The War of the Sky Lords (Sky Lords Trilogy, Vol 2)
Author(s): John Brosnan
ISBN: 0-312-07882-X / 978-0-312-07882-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: St Martins Pr
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October 1989 : UK Hardback
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Title: War of the Sky Lords
Author(s): John Brosnan
ISBN: 0-575-04380-6 / 978-0-575-04380-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Gollancz
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Paperback Editions

November 1990 : UK Paperback

Title: War of the Sky Lords
Author(s): John Brosnan
ISBN: 0-575-04555-8 / 978-0-575-04555-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Gollancz
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Kindle Editions

December 2012 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The War of the Sky Lords
Author(s): John Brosnan
Publisher: Gateway
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December 2012 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: The War of the Sky Lords
Author(s): John Brosnan
Publisher: Gateway
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