book cover of The Spark

The Spark

(2017)
(The first book in the Time of Heroes series)
A novel by

 
 
NEW STANDALONE NOVEL BY SF MASTER DAVID DRAKE. In a violent world in which civilization has fallen and monsters roam, a young hero will rise.

In the time of the Ancients the universe was united - but that was so far in the past that not even memory remains, only the broken artifacts that a few Makers can reshape into their original uses. What survives is shattered into enclaves - some tiny, some ruined, some wild.

Into the gaps between settlements, and onto the Road that connects all human reality and the reality that is not human and may never have been human, have crept monsters. Some creatures are men, twisted into inhuman evil; some of them are alien to Mankind -

And there are things which are hostile to all life, things which will raven and kill until they are stopped.

A Leader has arisen, welding the scattered human settlements together in peace and safety and smashing the enemies of order with an iron fist. In his capital, Dun Add, the Leader provides law and justice. In the universe beyond, his Champions advance - and enforce - the return of civilization.

Pal, a youth from the sticks, has come to Dun Add to become a Champion. Pal is a bit of a Maker, and in his rural home he's been able to think of himself as a warrior because he can wield the weapons of the Ancient civilization.

Pal has no idea of what he's really getting into in Dun Add. On the other hand, the Leader and Dun Add have no real idea of what might be inside this hayseed with high hopes.

THE SPARK: A story of hope and violence and courage. And especially, a story of determination.

About The Spark:

". . . entertaining tale combining the feel of Arthurian legend with nifty far-future super science . . ." - Publishers Weekly

About David Drake:

"Drake deftly weaves a web of political machinations and intrigue that vividly depicts the costs of war. Fans of Patrick O'Brian's Maturin and Aubrey novels will enjoy this intricate, rousing space opera." - Publishers Weekly

"[R]ousing old-fashioned space opera." - Publishers Weekly

"The fun is in the telling, and Mr. Drake has a strong voice. I want more!" - Philadelphia Weekly Press

"[S]pace opera is alive and well. This series is getting better as the author goes along... character development combined with first-rate action and memorable world designs." - SFReader.com

"[P]rose as cold and hard as the metal alloy of a tank... rivals Crane and Remarque... " - Chicago Sun-Times

"Drake couldn't write a bad action scene at gunpoint." - Booklist

Genre: Science Fiction

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Used availability for David Drake's The Spark

Hardback Editions

October 2017 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Spark
Author(s): David Drake
ISBN: 1-4814-8276-9 / 978-1-4814-8276-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Baen
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU   


Paperback Editions

October 2018 : USA Mass Market Paperback
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Title: The Spark
Author(s): David Drake
ISBN: 1-4814-8359-5 / 978-1-4814-8359-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Baen
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU   


Audio Editions

February 2018 : MP3 CD
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Title: The Spark
Author(s): David Drake
ISBN: 1-5436-9111-0 / 978-1-5436-9111-5
Publisher: Audible Studios on Brilliance audio
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November 2017 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Spark
Author(s): David Drake
Publisher: Audible Studios
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November 2017 : Australia Audio edition
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Title: The Spark
Author(s): David Drake
Publisher: Audible Studios
Availability: Amazon AU   


November 2017 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: The Spark
Author(s): David Drake
Publisher: Audible Studios
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November 2017 : UK Audio edition
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Title: The Spark
Author(s): David Drake
Publisher: Audible Studios
Availability: Amazon UK   


Kindle Editions

November 2017 : USA, Australia, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Spark (Time of Heroes series Book 1)
Author(s): David Drake
Publisher: Baen Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU