Death's Bright Day
11 Into Deaths Bright Day (hc 2016)
Series number11
Release dateJune 7, 2016

Death's Bright Day is the title of David Drake's 11th novel in the RCN series.

Description Edit

Drake mentioned that his plot comes from his classical readings, in particular, Livy's description of the run-up to Rome's war against Antiochus the Great.[1]

From the distributor's page:[2]

A NEW NOVEL IN THE NATIONALLY BEST-SELLING RCN MILITARY SF SERIES! Leary and Mundy are back in another military science fiction adventure as they undertake a mission to a distant but critical star system.


Captain Daniel Leary thinks that his marriage will allow him to slip into the quiet role of a naval officer in peacetime. His friend, the spy and cybrarian Adele Mundy, is content to be collating data in her library. But high officials of both superpowers are involved! Those who want Daniel and Adele to become involved in the Tarbell Stars claim that only they can prevent a war between the Republic of Cinnabar and its great rival, the Alliance of Free Stars. The conflict is political, but at the sharp end it means blazing warfare and cold-blooded murder. Daniel and Adele will be at the sharp end.

The odds in ships and guns are badly in the enemy's favor. Daniel, Adele, and the crew of the Princess Cecile will do everything humanly possible, but that may not be enough against an enemy battleship. And even if Daniel and his companions succeed in battle, they can't be sure whether their employers really wanted them to win—or whether they even want them alive. All they can do is to race forward, hoping to come through into DEATH'S BRIGHT DAY.

Publication History Edit

  • 2016-02-10: Baen offered the electronic Advanced Reader Copy (eARC) for sale.[3]
  • 2015-11-04: has listed Death's Bright Day, at 368 pages and June 7, 2016 for release date.[4]
  • 2015-10-01: David Drake finished writing Death's Bright Day. The initial draft is about 108,000 words. The title changed from Into Death's Bright Day to just Death's Bright Day.[5]
  • 2015-03-06: David Drake has a complete plot and the title.[6]

References Edit

  1. David Drake, 2015-01-06, "NEWSLETTER 84", retrieved 2015-03-12
  2. "Death's Bright Day", Simon & Schuster, retrieved 2015-12-24
  3. "Death's Bright Day - eARC", retrieved 2016-03-01
  4. "Death's Bright Day",, retrieved 2015-11-04
  5. David Drake 2015-10-01, "NEWSLETTER 88",, retrieved 2015-10-04.
  6. David Drake, 2015-03-06, "NEWSLETTER 85", retrieved 2015-03-12
RCN Novels
With the Lightnings • Lt. Leary, Commanding • The Far Side of the Stars • The Way to Glory • Some Golden Harbor • When the Tide Rises • In the Stormy Red Sky • What Distant Deeps • The Road of Danger • The Sea Without a Shore • Death's Bright Day • Though Hell Should Bar the Way
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