A thousand years ago, the human empire collapsed. Now mankind is reclaiming the galaxy, and a brave man or woman could become very wealthy. But there are wars springing up, with new tyrants seizing whole planets, while other planets are rebelling. And lurking in the dark spaces are pirates.
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Used availability for David Drake's The Reaches
January 2004 : USA Hardback
December 2013 : USA, Australia, Canada, UK Kindle edition