The Pirates of Rosinante(1982)
(The third book in the Rosinante series)
A novel by Alexis A Gilliland
Hostile space navies, revolt in the ranks, scheming robots are only the beginning of Rosinante's governor Charles Cantrell's problems. As Rosinante, former space colony, now an independent worldlet, orbits further from Earth Cantrell's problems aren't getting better, they're getting worse! Caught in the middle of an outer space conflict between the U. S. and Japan, the lives of everyone living in the fragile habitat of Rosinante is vulnerable to bombs, missiles and sabotage. Betrayed from within, schemed against from without, Cantrell would have to act fast and think faster if he was to save Rosinante and protect its inhabitants. The only thing the hapless governor had going for him was that the robots believed Cantrell had God on his side! "The story elements come early, fast, and furious," Dani Sweig writes of the Rosinante trilogy, "Gilliland's quirky mix of eccentric characters, cynical power politics, and old-style hard sf engineering-in-space is fun to read. Gilliland's novels are about people who, mostly through accident of circumstance, find themselves holding a tiger by the tail, with a choice of hanging on or being eaten."
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Used availability for Alexis A Gilliland's The Pirates of Rosinante
November 1982 : USA Mass Market Paperback
May 2006 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition