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Author: Richard Baker Narrator: Steve West Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Series: The Breaker of Empires Series Release Date: November 2017 ISBN: 9781427290694
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In the first installment of this stylish, smart, military science fiction audiobook series, Richard Baker begins the adventures of Sikander North in an era of great interstellar colonial powers. Valiant Dust combines the intrigues of interstellar colonial diplomacy with explosive military action.

“New and extraordinary . . . Go read this!”—David Weber

Sikander Singh North has always had it easy—until he joined the crew of the Aquilan Commonwealth starship CSS Hector. As the ship’s new gunnery officer and only Kashmiri, he must constantly prove himself better than his Aquilan crewmates, even if he has to use his fists. When the Hector is called to help with a planetary uprising, he’ll have to earn his unit’s respect, find who’s arming the rebels, and deal with the headstrong daughter of the colonial ruler—all while dodging bullets.

Sikander’s military career is off to an explosive start—but only if he and CSS Hector can survive his first mission. This fast-paced audiobook will transport listeners to distant galaxies and fully immerse them in interstellar warfare.

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Quotes & Awards

  • New and extraordinary . . . Go read this! David Weber
  • Fans of C.S. Forrester’s Horatio Hornblower will delight in discovering Baker’s Sikander North. RT Book Reviews, starred review
  • Baker's military background only serves to raise this adventure above the rest. Kirkus
  • This new series gets a grand start with fine attention to the details of starship engagements and operations, plus plenty of action as well as depth of character. Booklist
  • Valiant Dust is an excellent example of military SF at its best. Mike Stackpole, bestselling author of Rogue Squadron
  • Intensely satisfying. Bravo! I look forward to more exploits of Sikander North! Ed Greenwood, creator of Forgotten Realms™
  • An excellent mix of military action and political intrigue. Eric Flint, author of the 1632 series

  • Interesting characters, high attention to detail, diverse cast, [and] nuanced politics. Sci-Fi Fan Letter
  • In the finest tradition of Honor Harrington, Black Jack Geary, and Nicholas Seafort . . . an exciting new entry that fans of the genre won’t want to miss. Dayton Ward, bestselling author of 24: Trial by Fire
  • Intelligent space opera with lots of vivid action . . . sociological novel which examines the problems (on both sides) of a 3rd World aristocrat in a 1st World navy whose hierarchies are equally rigid. David Drake, author of the Hammer's Slammers series
  • “Fans of C.S. Forrester’s Horatio Hornblower will delight in discovering Baker’s Sikander North. The debut of his Breakers of Empire series superbly captures elaborate hierarchical politics and high-stakes adventure while slinging his young lieutenant into the vast reaches of space. Baker has a talent for action scenes, making every battle sequence in this story gripping…Readers looking for highly-detailed military science fiction adventure with plenty of swashbuckling spirit will certainly want to keep an eye out for the further adventures of Sikander North.”

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About the Author

Richard Baker is an English broadcaster, best known as a newsreader for BBC News from 1954–1982. He has also narrated several BBC Radio productions, including Mary, Mungo and Midge, Teddy Edward, and Peter and the Wolf. 

About the Narrator

Cassandra Campbell has won multiple Audie Awards, Earphones Awards, and the prestigious Odyssey Award for narration. She was been named a “Best Voice” by AudioFile magazine and in 2018 was inducted in Audible’s inaugural Narrator Hall of Fame.