PLANETARY PARLEY by Cameron Cooper
Iron Hammer 3.0
Space Opera Novel
Into the Heartland of the Enemy
Danny and her allies risk traveling to the home world of the slavers, in an attempt to divert a war that experts all say is inevitable. Danny is a reluctant participant, the only Carinad who thinks the diplomatic mission is a bad idea. It puts her in direct opposition to Jai Van Veen, and threatens their decades long friendship.
Yet they must still work together to make the mission a success, even though it goes wrong right from the start…
Planetary Parlay is the third book in the Iron Hammer space opera science fiction series by award-winning SF author Cameron Cooper. The Iron Hammer series is a spin off from the acclaimed Imperial Hammer series, and features many of the characters and situations from that series.
The Iron Hammer series:
1.0: Galactic Thunder
2.0: Stellar Storm
3.0: Planetary Parlay
4.0: Waxing War
5.0: Ruled Out
6.0: Stranger Stars
7.0: Federal Force
8.0: Redline Rebels
Space Opera Science Fiction Novel
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Wow!! What a read!! I enjoyed it tremendously!! When the Terrans invite a delegation to earth, I smelled a trap. I just never envisioned the scale of it.
Temperatures and tempers rise from the start and everything seems to just spiral out of control, very quickly!! The terror robs you of breath, the horror makes you cry and the action leaves you breathless with a racong pulse...
I could not put it down. I honestly thought, this is it, it is the end, there is no way out....Then the surprise twist in the story. The plot is complex and completely unpredictable, the way I like it. I loved it!!
I do recommend reading the series in order. Well done Cam on a magnificent book in this series!! I can't wait for the next one in the series!
The writing is vivid. I love the world building. This is why I love space opera. I am a die-hard fan of this author. The characters are as well developed as the world. I am so happy I found Cameron Cooper as I am a voracious reader, and there is so much going on and the complexity. I highly recommend this series if you love space opera and science fiction. I am die-hard Star Wars fan and this feeds my craving for similar.
This was not what I was expecting at all from the way book 2 ended, but also a much richer and more satisfying read than I was expecting too. What was going to be a covert rescue mission turned into a by invitation diplomatic mission. I think we all know by now that Danny is a bit too direct to make a good diplomat. Fortunately she has some awesome team members going along with her, as well a few surprising picks.
I won't into how the negotiations went other than to say if you are anticipating irreconcilable differences, that would only be the tip of the iceberg in what they had to deal with. Danny has no patience for long winded diplomats and niceties, and pleasant faced diplomats can't ever be taken at face value. And just when you think you are figuring out the subtext - you realize there is yet another group pushing their interests. This book added much more depth and nuance to the conflict between the two groups and had some very interesting implications for what is coming. Just enough action to keep things moving at a fast pace. I am especially interested to see what happens to Slate.
This is book 3 in a planned 8 book series. Each book contains a full and satisfying story arc, but are part of the bigger arc threading through them and end with lots of questions. Do read them in order as this is a series that builds from book to book.
This series just keeps getting better and better. Danny goes to visit a planet she really wasn’t planning on going to. Things are not what they seem, things are getting more complicated, and the world building here is wonderful. I love everything about this new series. Whew. Another stay up late and read kind of book from this author. Outstanding!
This was an edge-of-my-seat exhilarating ride with an intricate plot made interesting through plenty of strategic political and military machinations!
Detailed descriptions transported and immersed me into another fascinating new world. Cameron Cooper has made a Sci Fi fan of me after decades of voraciously reading everything else! I greatly admire and appreciate the skill and imagination deployed to create such complex worlds, spacecrafts, characters and their relationships.
I love these characters! Danny and her crew have been sent on a mission into new and dangerous surroundings but she also has other passengers on board to challenge and unsettle her. Relationships with characters from previous books were evolving and in some cases possibly breaking down...how these unfold over the course of the story really intrigued me too.
I can highly recommend this latest book in the Iron Hammer series and especially advocate reading all the books in order.
If you want to enjoy these characters in their fully enriched complexity then it's even better to read the Imperial Hammer series beforehand.
The world-building here is absolutely phenomenal. Danny and a Team of Politicians / negotiators are visiting at the request of the Terrans. They all want to prevent a war. Danny believes it is inevitable, she is in charge of security for the team.
Brought to an island enclave, our team must deal with completely different set of values and circumstances. Each is assigned their own slave, who may get a little too close at times. Structures with no walls, an intriguing translator Slate, new technologies, and unpleasant histories are erased instead of learned from.
Parawolves provide a bright spot as always.
It’s like you are there. Detailed, imaginative and highly entertaining.
Planetary Parley is Cameron Cooper’s third book in the amazing, new, space opera series, Iron Hammer. After reading the first two books in the series, I set a reminder in my calendar to look for this book and it more than lived up to my expectations.
Wow. Danny and her companions have been invited to the home world of the slavers and there is a lot of anticipation, and trepidation, by everyone on both sides. After all, these new people are slavers. What would you expect upon meeting a different civilization? Could you trust them? What would you do? What would you expect?
This book answers many of those questions and leaves you with more. This entire series is a must read for anyone who loves science fiction/space opera.
Thank you Cameron!
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EXCERPT FROM PLANETARY PARLAY
COPYRIGHT © CAMERON COOPER 2021
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The ten minute warning pulled me out of a sleep I wasn’t aware I’d fallen into. Or it might have been Dalton’s chest lurching out from beneath me as he shook himself awake. I heard a pad hit the floor as I propped myself up and tried to get my eyes to focus.
“Ten minutes before emergence,” the concierge panel repeated. “Ten minutes, everyone.” It wasn’t Lyssa’s voice. Lately, she had adopted an indeterminate gender voice for ship systems.
I hauled myself to the side of the bed with a groan. I was still dressed. So was Dalton. We’d propped ourselves up against the head of the bed to read, both convinced we’d never sleep.
Dalton rolled his eyes at me. “Don’t pretend you’re not excited.” He adjusted his clothes and ran his fingers through his hair.
“You couldn’t at least comb it?” I said.
“There’s time to get all formal,” Dalton said. “When we step off the Lythion onto Terra itself, I promise I’ll be cleaned up and slicked down.”
He had a point. I turned away from the concierge panel, where I’d called up a mirror, twisted up my hair into a knot on the back of my head, and secured it. Good enough for now. I wanted to get to the bridge.
“In a hurry, are we?” Dalton called after me as I strode to the door, which slid aside for me.
I threw him a dirty look. “You said not to pretend I’m not excited. I wanna see it.”
I let the door close behind me and headed toward the ramp up onto the bridge of the Lythion. I wasn’t the first heading in that direction, either.