Crisis of Empire

Book 1: An Honorable Defense

The Emperor is dead, leaving only a child as successor. Will the leaders of the empire rally behind the heir? If not, interstellar civilization will once again dissolve into civil war and slide into another long night of barbarism. Book 1 of the Crisis of Empire series.

Cover Art by Paul Alexander

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This is a work of fiction. All the characters and events portrayed in this book are fictional, and any resemblance to real people or incidents is purely coincidental.

First printing, November 1988

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ISBN-10: 0-671-69789-7
ISBN-13: 978-0-6716-9789-1

Copyright 1988 by David Drake and Thomas T. Thomas

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