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By Temptations and By War

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By Temptations and By War
Product information
Type Novel
Author Loren L. Coleman
Pages 293
Cover artwork (no attribution)
Publication information
Publisher Roc Books
First published 2 December 2003
ISBN-10 0451459474
ISBN-13 978-0451459473
Era Dark Age era
Timeline 3134
Series MechWarrior: Dark Age Novels
Preceded by Service for the Dead
Followed by Fortress of Lies

By Temptations and By War, by Loren L. Coleman, is about the retaking of planet Liao from the Republic of the Sphere by the Capellan Confederation.

From the back coverEdit

When The Republic of the Sphere was established, it absorbed a quarter of Capellan Confederation space. Now that the crippled Republic is embattled everywhere, the Confederation Chancellor sends an operative into former Capellan territory to nurture the seeds of rebellion.

Freedom fighter Evan Kurst has resisted The Republic's "benevolent occupation" of the world of Liao for as long as he can remember. He has fought side by side with agents from the Confederation, and rallied other fighters to the cause. Until now, his efforts have been in vain.

In the chaos of the interstellar communications blackout, Kurst sees a new chance to liberate his homeworld and return it to its rightful rulers. The Chancellor's support is assured, and embodied in the person of Mai Wa, the operative sent to ensure Kurst's success. But Mai has betrayed the Kurst before, and Kurst's biggest problem remains knowing whom to trust in a world where today's ally is tomorrow's enemy.


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  • This book physically stands out from the line of MWDA novels because it was printed in a larger format (crown octavo 5 3/8" x 8" / 13.5 x 20cm) than all the other MWDA novels, including subsequent publications, for unknown reasons.