Macmillan Childrens Publishing Group
Valiant Dust

Valiant Dust

Breaker of Empires (Volume 1)

Richard Baker

Tor Books

READ AN EXCERPT →

BUY THE BOOK

Hardcover

In a stylish, smart, new military science fiction series, Richard Baker begins the adventures of Sikander North in an era of great interstellar colonial powers. Valiant Dust combines the intrigues of interstellar colonial diplomacy with explosive military action.

“New and extraordinary . . . Go read this!”—David Weber

Sikander Singh North has always had it easy—until he joined the crew of the Aquilan Commonwealth starship CSS Hector. As the ship’s new gunnery officer and only Kashmiri, he must constantly prove himself better than his Aquilan crewmates, even if he has to use his fists. When the Hector is called to help with a planetary uprising, he’ll have to earn his unit’s respect, find who’s arming the rebels, and deal with the headstrong daughter of the colonial ruler—all while dodging bullets.

Sikander’s military career is off to an explosive start—but only if he and CSS Hector can survive his first mission.

EXCERPT

1

New Perth, Caledonia System


Lieutenant Sikander Singh North leaned forward in the shuttle’s right-hand seat, eager to catch his first glimpse of the light cruiser Hector. The shuttle climbed slowly into low orbit, only...

Reviews

Praise for Valiant Dust

Praise for Valiant Dust

Kirkus Best Science Fiction and Fantasy Reads November 2017

The Verge—Science fiction and fantasy books to read this November

“New and extraordinary . . . Go read this!”—David Weber

“Fans of C.S. Forrester’s Horatio Hornblower will delight in discovering Baker’s Sikander North.”—RT Book Reviews, starred review

“Baker's military background only serves to raise this adventure above the rest.”—Kirkus

“This new series gets a grand start with fine attention to the details of starship engagements and operations, plus plenty of action as well as depth of character.”—Booklist

Valiant Dust is an excellent example of military SF at its best.” —Mike Stackpole, bestselling author of Rogue Squadron

“Interesting characters, high attention to detail, diverse cast, [and] nuanced politics.”—Sci-Fi Fan Letter

“In the finest tradition of Honor Harrington, Black Jack Geary, and Nicholas Seafort . . . an exciting new entry that fans of the genre won’t want to miss.” —Dayton Ward, bestselling author of 24: Trial by Fire

“Intelligent space opera with lots of vivid action . . . sociological novel which examines the problems (on both sides) of a 3rd World aristocrat in a 1st World navy whose hierarchies are equally rigid.” —David Drake, author of the Hammer's Slammers series

“Intensely satisfying. Bravo! I look forward to more exploits of Sikander North!” —Ed Greenwood, creator of Forgotten Realms™

“An excellent mix of military action and political intrigue.” —Eric Flint, author of the 1632 series

Reviews from Goodreads

About the author

Richard Baker

RICHARD BAKER is a former United States Navy officer and a well-known game designer. He is also the author of several novels, including the New York Times bestseller Condemnation and the highly acclaimed The Last Mythal trilogy. His game design credits include the Alternity Science Fiction Roleplaying Game, and the Axis & Allies Naval Miniatures Game—the best-selling naval war game.

Richard Baker

Richard Baker

Tours & Events

Meet the Author

November 25, 2017

Meet Richard Baker as he reads from his new novel Valiant Dust.

READ THE FULL EXCERPT →

Community

Tor.com

    MORE BLOG POSTS →

    Latest on Facebook

    LATEST ON TWITTER

    From the Publisher

    Tor Books

    Latest on Facebook

    LATEST ON TWITTER