The Rebel Worlds
Copyright 1969 by
I first read this in 1973 and most recently on the 15th May 2006.
Hugh McCormack, Admiral of the Imperial Fleet, is arrested on trumped-up
charges, confined to solitary, and soon to be sentenced to death.
His wife, Kathryn, is held hostage by Governor Snelund, corrupt
crony of a corrupt Emperor.
His faithful troops break him out of prison. Now he is free but his only
option for keeping himself and his troops alive is to lead his fleet
in rebellion against the Empire.
Loyal and honorable Fleet commander Dominic Flandry knows that
the Empire is more important than an individual Emperor, bad or lazy
though this he may be. Flandry must support him as the symbol of
He must fight and defeat Admiral McCormack, a man he much admires, quash
the rebellion and ensure that the Empire endures, even when all it
seems to stand for is oppression, brutality and slaughter.
Plus of course, he's also rather taken with Kathryn.
Yes, it's another Dominic Flandry novel, although a little more serious
than most of the Flandry stories.
A quick but enjoyable read, well-plotted, cleverly and subtly done.
My abiding memory of the book is the Didonian aliens and their component
parts: rukas, nogas, krippos, the Hands, Feet and
Wings of these intriguing alien beings.
Also have to say that I always thought this was a striking cover and regret
that the artist is uncredited. The picture is, of course, completely
unrelated to the novel.
Loaded on the 28th February 2007.