The Ruby Dice

The Ruby Dice

Book - 2008
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Two men, two empires. Jaibriol ruled the Eubian Concord: over two trillion people across more than a thousand worlds and habitats. Kelric ruled the Skolian Imperialate. War had come before--ten years ago, Jaibriol had lost his parents in the final battle of the Radiance War between the Concord and the Imperialate--and it might come again, devastating vast swathes of the galaxy. Neither Jaibriol nor Kelric wanted war, but neither was complete master of his realm. And each hid a secret that, if revealed, might be his downfall. Jaibriol was a secret psion, with telepathic abilities, and to be a psion in the Eubian Concord was to be a contemptible slave, eventually to be tortured for the pleasure of the slave's owner. Kelric, years ago, had disappeared for nearly two decades. He had been a prisoner and slave on the planet Coban, part of neither empire, until he had managed to escape. And if the Skolian Imperialate knew of his captivity, there would be demands for vengeance, ravaging Coban--and killing the wife and children Kelric had left behind when he escaped. Neither man knew how much longer he could keep his secret--nor how much longer they could hold back the threat of a war that could incinerate hundreds of inhabited worlds.
Publisher: Riverdale, NY : Baen, c2008.
ISBN: 9781416555148
1416555145
Branch Call Number: ASARO
Characteristics: 392 p. ; 25 cm.

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mammothhawk229e
Sep 01, 2017

Reads like futuristic version of Arab-Israeli Peace talks with factions wanting to undermining it.
Nice for Kerlic the Imperior on the Coba subplot with Minister Ixpar & his two children from two different wives or his empire, family & reporters going "WTF" on introducting his new family.

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