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Book Title: Defender of the Flame|
The author of the book: Sylvia Engdahl
Edition: Ad Stellae Books
Date of issue: April 20th 2013
ISBN 13: 9780615804347
Format files: PDF
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Starship pilot Terry Radnor is puzzled and outraged when he is suddenly recalled from interstellar exploration and then, just when he has become involved in a secret project offering him extraordinary physical and psychic capabilities, he is transferred to a cruiser for a tour of duty he expects to hate. But the cruiser's mission proves to be unlike anything he could have imagined. Advancing rapidly in his career, Terry finds fulfillment in love and in commitment to a cause—until an ironic twist of fate tears him away from everything he cares about. He is forced to build a whole new life, far from all that has previously mattered to him. Is there any hope that he can fulfill his pledge to protect the world whose safety is crucial--more crucial than anyone else knows--to the future of humankind?
This series of novels, formerly titled the Flame Trilogy, has been split into two series: The Hidden Flame and The Rising Flame. This is the first book in the second series, which is a separate story set two centuries later that does not depend on having read the first series. Unlike some of Engdahl's earlier novels, these are not YA books and are not appropriate for middle-school readers.
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Read information about the authorAlthough she is best known as an author for Young Adults, Sylvia Engdahl's most recent novels, the Hidden Flame duology (Stewards of the Flame and Promise of the Flame) and the Rising Flame duology (Defender of the Flame and Herald of the Flame) are not YA books and are not appropriate for middle-school readers. These two duologies are quite different from each other and some readers prefer the second one; they need not be read in order. They are enjoyed by people who don't ordinarily read science fiction as well as those who do. For more information about them, watch the video trailer and visit her website. She welcomes comments from her readers.
Previously she wrote six novels for teens that are also enjoyed by many adults, all of which were first published in the 1970s by Atheneum and which have been republished in both hardcover and paperback editions by different publishers in the 21st century. All except her Newbery Honor book Enchantress from the Stars were updated; particularly important in terms of relevance to today's readers are the revisions to The Far Side of Evil and Journey Between Worlds. Her trilogy Children of the Star (consisting of This Star Shall Abide, Beyond the Tomorrow Mountains, and The Doors of the Universe) was republished in a single volume as adult science fiction. All her novels except Enchantress are currently available in ebook editions.
She has also written a nonfiction book, The Planet-Girded Suns: The History of Human Thought About Extrasolar Worlds, of which updated and expanded paperback and ebook editions were published in 2012. Most of the nonfiction books listed under her name were edited, rather than written, by her as a freelance editor of anthologies for high schools.
Engdahl says, "I list only a few of the books I read here. Those that appear are just some of the best ones about subjects I deal with in my novels."
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