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What happens when the ‘runt of the litter’ is the last man standing?What if the ‘runt of the litter’ must play hero?FROM FAILURE TO FAILURE he stumbles along trying to be the champion his mother wants.CONSTANTEEN was the baby of the family withMoreWhat happens when the ‘runt of the litter’ is the last man standing?What if the ‘runt of the litter’ must play hero?FROM FAILURE TO FAILURE he stumbles along trying to be the champion his mother wants.CONSTANTEEN was the baby of the family with nothing much expected of him. After 17 years of happy exile on prosperous, sophisticated, and ‘degenerate’ Earth he is Summoned Home to his primitive, feudal homeworld to play hero.His mother wants him to save her pompous elder son from execution.His emperor wants help fighting the Traditionalists.His old commander calls him to join the struggle against modernism.Constanteen VonRhummelle doesn’t worry. In 17 years of exile on Earth, he’s fully adapted to the ‘galactic’ lifestyle. He’s become 110% Earthling. When he accidentally kills a blackmailer, he discovers that Earthlings have not accepted him that fully: he is viewed as a suspicious foreigner from a barbarian world and is expelled. How will this Man from Old Earth return to life on his feudal homeworld?Can he cope with all this amid: a kidnapping and shoot-out in the dark and stormy woods, a Holmesian search for the Sacred Chaldean Blood Scroll, roto-shoveling off a villain’s face, searching the murky and haunted tunnels of an abandoned prison, and being forced to marry a twit?‘Pasadena fills the future galaxy Not for Revenge with intriguing cultural and historical ‘could happen’ details and sharp political allegory.’‘(Paul Pasadena) balances the two essentials of a good story, never losing sight of fast paced action or the interaction of his all too human characters.’‘ This may have been intended as a homage to the Vorkosigan Saga with its similar universe but the hero is much less ‘super’ (it’s his daughter who is hyper like Miles) and the logic of the galaxy is more dystopian.’Not for Revenge is the second volume (following The Man from Old Earth) of the Summoned Home trilogy, which is set in 3888, largely on primitive-but-modernizing VonStaufen’s World. Earth and her sister advanced planets (Columbia and Gagarin) complacently dominate the galaxy while allowing the second-, third-, and fourth-world planets to progress and digress, advance and stumble in their own humorous fashion toward galactic standards and acceptanceOur hero (he might say victim), Constanteen, was born as the last of six sons, the ‘runt of the litter,’ of a middle rank baron on VonStaufen’s World. This world endured six hundred years of isolation after a supernova caused the loss of their access route to the galaxy. He was allowed to play at romantic hero, and even at soldier, but not prepared for any responsibilities- nothing much was expected from him.After 17 stress-free, indolent years on prosperous, sophisticated (and degenerate?) Earth, he is expelled, conscripted into a civil war by a megalomaniac Amazon, and becomes a hero of her revolution.His first thoughts uselessly turn to flight when he is recalled to take up responsibilities back home on a planet near civil war where he is expected to serve the brother who tried to kill him before and to prove innocent another brother accused of treason.He has numerous allies and enemies although it’s not fully clear which is which. Far more than just saving his brother, he finds himself uncertain where to turn in the struggle of cultures but does hold his own against kidnappers, evil Ukrainian spies, and Traditionalist militia gangs.Not for Revenge tells of the struggles of Constanteen VonRhummelle to adjust from life as an Earthling to that of his ‘barbaric’ homeworld.