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The World Before

(The third book in the Wess'Har series)
A novel by

John W Campbell Memorial Award Best Novel (nominee)
John W Campbell Memorial Award Best Novel (nominee)

Three strikingly different alien races greeted the military mission from Earth when it reached the planet called Bezer'ej.

Now one of the sentient species has been exterminated -- and two others are poised on the brink of war.

The fragile bezeri are no more, due to the ignorant, desperate actions of human interlopers. The powerful wess'har protectors have failed in their sworn obligation to the destroyed native population -- and the outrage must be redressed.

But those who are coming to judge from the World Before -- the home planet, now distant and alien to the wess'har, whose ancestors left there generations ago -- will not restrict their justice to the individual humans responsible for the slaughter. Earth itself must answer for the genocide. And its ultimate fate may depend on a dead woman: former police officer Shan Frankland, who became something far greater than human before destroying herself in the vast airless depths of space.

Genre: Science Fiction

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Used availability for Karen Traviss's The World Before

Paperback Editions

October 2005 : USA Mass Market Paperback

Title: The World Before (The Wess'har Wars)
Author(s): Karen Traviss
ISBN: 0-06-054172-5 / 978-0-06-054172-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Harper Voyager
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Kindle Editions

October 2009 : USA, Australia, Canada, UK Kindle edition

Title: The World Before (The Wess'har Wars Book 3)
Author(s): Karen Traviss
Publisher: HarperCollins e-books
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