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Old 07-02-2012, 09:01 AM   #1
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Request for information - Timothy Zahn

I have book two of the Cobra Alliance series and before I go get book one of this series I would like to ask some questions. First I see that there are two series with the name cobra in the titles: Cobra and Cobra War. Which of these series comes first? I would imagine that Cobra would come before Cobra War. Are any of the Cobra and/or cobra war books available on the baen free library or the fifth imperium? I have checked and I don't think so. Would someone please set the stage for Cobra and Cobra War books.
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Old 07-02-2012, 09:21 AM   #2
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I haven't read them, but here's some info...

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The books center around Cobras, elite soldiers augmented with bionic technology. These modifications include built-in weapons, sensory enhancements,effectively unbreakable bones, and their characteristic combat reflexes. These modifications to the human body are invisible to casual inspection, and allow the soldiers to appear as ordinary unarmed civilians, allowing them to be effective resistance leaders. However, most of the cybernetics are permanent, allowing Zahn to examine the position these individuals might fill in a society during peace-time. Their weaponry includes small lasers implanted in the little finger of each hand, an antiarmor laser that runs down the calf muscle of one leg and exits through a lens in the heel of their boot, plus an "arcthrower", a secondary weapon built into the fingertip lasers which delivers a high-voltage pulse that disrupts nearby electronics. In addition, they are armed with a sonic weapon, which can produce sound at frequencies capable of shattering most objects. All of their weaponry is controlled by a "nanocomputer" that is implanted inside their skull. This computer also helps run the visual and auditory enhancers, targeting computer, automated reflexes, etc. Modifications include ceramic laminae over all of their bones (essentially rendering them unbreakable), as well as servomotors at the major joints which augument strength and speed. The design of the nanocomputer renders it impossible to reprogram, and its location makes it next-to-impossible to remove without killing the Cobra.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/COBRA_(...fiction_novels)



Cobra Series
1. Cobra (1985)
2. Cobra Strike (1986)
3. Cobra Bargain (1988)

Cobra War Series
1. Cobra Alliance (2009)
2. Cobra Guardian (2011)
3. Cobra Gamble (2012)

Cobra Rebellion Series
(tentative, not released yet)

http://www.fantasticfiction.co.uk/z/timothy-zahn/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Timothy_Zahn



As far as freebies go there is nothing on the CD's and the only thing in the free library is a short story which I believe takes place in the Cobra universe...
http://baen.com/pawntokingfour.asp
http://www.baenebooks.com/p-1387-fre...ries-2011.aspx

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Old 07-02-2012, 10:04 AM   #3
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Thanks that shows some of the information that I have been looking for as well as directing me to the right wikipedia page, no wonder wikipedia wasn't coming up with anything. However, I would like to verify what wikipedia is saying with someone that is more familiar with the two series, I have found that frequently wikipedia gives the reading order in publication order rather than the true reading order.
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Cobra came well before Cobra War.
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Old 07-02-2012, 02:20 PM   #5
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Ah then I need to read Cobra before Cobra Alliance. I have not seen Cobra or cobra alliance at either the baen free library or the fifth imperium. Would someone in the know verify that I have this information correct or not.

I am not ready to read either cobra or cobra alliance and will not most likely for a few more months as yet. I am still going through the Starfire series, which is turning out to be an excellent series. I could stand a lot less sceen breaks.
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I have found that frequently wikipedia gives the reading order in publication order rather than the true reading order.
Frequently the publication order IS the true reading order... especially for the people who read them as they were being released.
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Old 07-02-2012, 03:45 PM   #7
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I have not seen Cobra or cobra alliance at either the baen free library or the fifth imperium. Would someone in the know verify that I have this information correct or not.
As I said in my post above there is nothing on the CD's and the only thing in the Free Library is a short story which appears to be related.
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Old 07-02-2012, 10:47 PM   #8
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Nope, not on the free library, but they sell the first trilogy for a whopping $4

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Oh, I understand Jeremy, its just that a lot of the times I like a second set of eyes to ensure that I did not miss anything.
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