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The interstellar array which links worlds together wakes to find it has enemies… The Fourth Carinad Empire stretches across hundreds of settled worlds and stellar cities, and thousands of light years. The Empire’s people and data are linked by a space-folding gates array controlled by the Emperor and his cohorts. When the array evolves into a sentient entity, it recognizes The interstellar array which links worlds together wakes to find it has enemies… The Fourth Carinad Empire stretches across hundreds of settled worlds and stellar cities, and thousands of light years. The Empire’s people and data are linked by a space-folding gates array controlled by the Emperor and his cohorts. When the array evolves into a sentient entity, it recognizes the Emperor as its foe. Danny Andela, once known as The Imperial Hammer, withdrew from the Imperial Rangers decades ago, her reputation in tatters. She lives on her family’s star barge, waiting to die of a rare disease: old age. She would be the array’s perfect weapon against the Emperor, except she no longer gives a damn--about anything. Then Danny learns that the military disaster which essentially ended her life might possibly have been arranged by the Emperor himself… Hammer and Crucible is the first book in the Imperial Hammer space opera science fiction series by award-winning SF author Cameron Cooper. The Imperial Hammer series: 1.0: Hammer and Crucible 2.0: Star Forge 3.0: Long Live the Emperor 4.0: Severed 5.0: Destroyer of Worlds


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The interstellar array which links worlds together wakes to find it has enemies… The Fourth Carinad Empire stretches across hundreds of settled worlds and stellar cities, and thousands of light years. The Empire’s people and data are linked by a space-folding gates array controlled by the Emperor and his cohorts. When the array evolves into a sentient entity, it recognizes The interstellar array which links worlds together wakes to find it has enemies… The Fourth Carinad Empire stretches across hundreds of settled worlds and stellar cities, and thousands of light years. The Empire’s people and data are linked by a space-folding gates array controlled by the Emperor and his cohorts. When the array evolves into a sentient entity, it recognizes the Emperor as its foe. Danny Andela, once known as The Imperial Hammer, withdrew from the Imperial Rangers decades ago, her reputation in tatters. She lives on her family’s star barge, waiting to die of a rare disease: old age. She would be the array’s perfect weapon against the Emperor, except she no longer gives a damn--about anything. Then Danny learns that the military disaster which essentially ended her life might possibly have been arranged by the Emperor himself… Hammer and Crucible is the first book in the Imperial Hammer space opera science fiction series by award-winning SF author Cameron Cooper. The Imperial Hammer series: 1.0: Hammer and Crucible 2.0: Star Forge 3.0: Long Live the Emperor 4.0: Severed 5.0: Destroyer of Worlds

30 review for Hammer and Crucible

  1. 4 out of 5

    Barbara

    Once known as the Imperial Hammer, Danny Andela left the Imperial Rangers with her reputation ruined and went to live on her family’s star barge, where she ended up just waiting to die of old age. When her granddaughter Juliyana arrives and asks for her help to clear her father Noam's name, Danny reluctantly becomes embroiled in a plot that might involve not only the Emperor, but a sentient entity that has evolved from the array, which is where all travel and communications is done. Along the wa Once known as the Imperial Hammer, Danny Andela left the Imperial Rangers with her reputation ruined and went to live on her family’s star barge, where she ended up just waiting to die of old age. When her granddaughter Juliyana arrives and asks for her help to clear her father Noam's name, Danny reluctantly becomes embroiled in a plot that might involve not only the Emperor, but a sentient entity that has evolved from the array, which is where all travel and communications is done. Along the way Danny and Juliyana find Major Dalton and an extraordinary ship, a young engineer that accidentally comes along after a hasty exit at a space station, and finally, answers to the questions they all have regarding Danny’s son Noam, the Emperor and the array. I really enjoyed this world and the extraordinary characters in it. I look forward to reading more in this series.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Marti

    I loved Hammer and Crucible! Couldn’t put it down. Danny (Colonel Andela, Retired) is an absolutely wonderful character - tough, smart, thoughtful, imaginative, empathetic - and her supporting characters are delightful. The plot is fascinating; it is intricate as well as filled with surprises and action. I’ll be eagerly awaiting more stories in this universe! I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader copy of this book.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Marjorie

    In many ways this reads like a mystery thriller as family members work hard to evade capture as they seek to exonerate their family name. Outside forces seem to be anticipating and manipulating their every move, but are these forces for or against them? The science is fun and consistent, it does not delve too far into the minutia and is very accessible for a wide audience. This was a fun, fast paced read full of action and humor. As the first book in a new series, there was quite a bit of charact In many ways this reads like a mystery thriller as family members work hard to evade capture as they seek to exonerate their family name. Outside forces seem to be anticipating and manipulating their every move, but are these forces for or against them? The science is fun and consistent, it does not delve too far into the minutia and is very accessible for a wide audience. This was a fun, fast paced read full of action and humor. As the first book in a new series, there was quite a bit of character development and world building. It is quite a likeable cast, and a couple characters in particular were rather intriguing but I won't say more for fear of spoilers. There were a couple really good twists at the end that resolved this in a different way from what it seemed to be building towards, but still satisfying. The groundwork was laid with a lot of potential and I am excited to see where this series goes next. This is an honest and voluntary review of an ARC.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Ingrid Savell

    A mind-blowing story in a captivating world with exceptional characters! Wow, what an exciting story with more plot twists and surprises than a high mountain switchback road! The complex concepts of the space-based life were broken into easy-to-read bites making this adventure totally captivating! I was fascinated by the gradually revealed machinations as the mysteries of past events unfolded to reveal the full picture of what had really happened. It seems like a slow introduction until suddenly I f A mind-blowing story in a captivating world with exceptional characters! Wow, what an exciting story with more plot twists and surprises than a high mountain switchback road! The complex concepts of the space-based life were broken into easy-to-read bites making this adventure totally captivating! I was fascinated by the gradually revealed machinations as the mysteries of past events unfolded to reveal the full picture of what had really happened. It seems like a slow introduction until suddenly I felt like I'd been dropped into exciting events that contain exhilarating elements of suspense and mystery. I had no idea of what would be uncovered from the past, and how it would affect their present, from one moment to the next. This first book in the series has great closure but I'm hooked and keen to know what happens next in this space opera series.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Kelly

    Excellent sci-fi adventure. This is the start of a new series so there is well written character development and amazing world building. In a time when old age is almost unheard of, a former hero is ready to die of it. A series of events occur that bring her back to the fight. The story looks like it’s going in one direction but ends in a twist and we are well setup for the next book. I liked the characters. There were reasons for what they do but as more secrets are uncovered they manage to kee Excellent sci-fi adventure. This is the start of a new series so there is well written character development and amazing world building. In a time when old age is almost unheard of, a former hero is ready to die of it. A series of events occur that bring her back to the fight. The story looks like it’s going in one direction but ends in a twist and we are well setup for the next book. I liked the characters. There were reasons for what they do but as more secrets are uncovered they manage to keep going and even get stronger. There wasn’t a ton of science, just a rip roaring adventure of might versus right and justice. Fast paced easy read with a multi-book overarc but this story is wrapped up nicely. Looking forward to the next book. (I voluntarily reviewed an ARC).

  6. 4 out of 5

    Kathi

    Fabulous Sci-fi Adventure!! In a future where longevity the norm as people rejuvenate to keep themselves “young”, interstellar travel occurs through arrays, and you print most of what you need. An event negatively affects a family so a grandmother and her granddaughter undertake a journey to discover the truth behind what occurred. You will be transported to another dimension. The attention to detail makes everything you read plausible and you’ll exist in this new world along with these characters Fabulous Sci-fi Adventure!! In a future where longevity the norm as people rejuvenate to keep themselves “young”, interstellar travel occurs through arrays, and you print most of what you need. An event negatively affects a family so a grandmother and her granddaughter undertake a journey to discover the truth behind what occurred. You will be transported to another dimension. The attention to detail makes everything you read plausible and you’ll exist in this new world along with these characters in this incredible story. **I am voluntarily leaving my honest review of this book**

  7. 4 out of 5

    Keith

    Almost Another O’Henry While not a short story, the format for this book is very much like a classic O’Henry tale with a surprising twist at the end. The sci-fi is not always clearly defined and at times I was hunting to follow the storyline. Decent character development and some rather muddled supporting cast make the plot tough to follow at times. Ends on a twist with a positive ending.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Audrey Cienki

    Cameron Cooper has just reminded me of how much I love a well-written science fiction story. He builds the scenes in a way that I feel as though I am actually walking long the ship’s corridors and I can totally relate to all of the characters. There is action, great world building, multi-dimensional characters and a well-written plot. I cannot wait for the next book in this series. Thanks Cameron!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Juneta Key

    Wonderful Sci-Fi Mystery Adventure. Excellent world-building and character creation. Fun, fast-paced, and unexpected twists. I can't wait to read the next in this new series. This author never disappoints me. I volunteered to read an ARC copy of this book. This is my honest opinion.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Jean L Oldham

  11. 4 out of 5

    Danny Wilkerson

  12. 5 out of 5

    Daniel Hahn

  13. 5 out of 5

    Keith

  14. 4 out of 5

    John

  15. 4 out of 5

    Chandra Lindquist

  16. 5 out of 5

    M0schp3r

  17. 5 out of 5

    Jeff Solliday

  18. 4 out of 5

    martin

  19. 5 out of 5

    Nick

  20. 5 out of 5

    Kathleen Burket

  21. 4 out of 5

    Donald Anderson

  22. 5 out of 5

    Andrew

  23. 5 out of 5

    Mark

  24. 4 out of 5

    Roger Bannister

  25. 5 out of 5

    Scott

  26. 5 out of 5

    Trina Beatty-Smith

  27. 5 out of 5

    Frank Kelso

  28. 4 out of 5

    Cameron Cooper

  29. 5 out of 5

    Will Ferrick

  30. 4 out of 5

    Donald L. Koskelin

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