Charles E. Gannon

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Charles E. Gannon (born March 17, 1960) is a novelist and a game designer, who has worked primarily on hard science fiction and role-playing games.


Fire with Fire (2013)[edit]

All page numbers are from the mass market paperback edition published by Baen ISBN 978-1-4767-3632-7 (February 2016), 2nd printing
Nominated for the 2014 Nebula Award for Best Novel
All italics as in the book
  • So what you are characterizing as conspiracy is merely an unfortunate coincidence.
    • Chapter 7 (p. 93)
  • No: the answer you like the most is the one you should trust the least. Go over the evidence one more time: be sure you haven’t missed something.
    • Chapter 10 (p. 129)
  • If, fourteen years ago, he had entertained secret hopes of leaving a discernible, enduring mark on the legacy of humankind, he was now fully disabused of them.
    • Chapter 11 (p. 153)
  • I’m sure that’s quite witty, but I have no idea what you mean.
    • Chapter 12 (p. 156)
  • “Corporal, I’m in charge here—”
    “Doctor, you are in charge here. But this assault rifle has a special veto power, if you get my drift.”
    • Chapter 12 (p. 158)
  • A sense of humor—bitter or otherwise—is the hallmark of a survivor.
    • Chapter 14 (p. 185)
  • Only the good die young, so I’m destined to be immortal, I guess.
    • Chapter 16 (p. 206)
  • “There are only three variables governing the outcome of any given situation. Power—political, economic, military, whatever. Intelligence—the information you have and how cleverly you use it. And chance.”
    “And that’s it?”
    “That’s it. Leaders get themselves too tangled up when they fail to break a situation—any situation—back down to those basics. Or when they forget the fundamental differences between the three variables.”
    • Chapter 25 (p. 290)
  • You’re the military analyst, writer, historian: you, above all people, should know that those who decline to take a hand in controlling events surrender the ability to influence them.
    • Chapter 26 (p. 303)
  • The EMTs were accompanied by a smattering of suit-and-sunglass security types who were about as unobtrusive as a flock of condors in a day-care center.
    • Chapter 28 (p. 312)
  • You’re very cheery. Too cheery. So I’m guessing today’s news is bad.
    • Chapter 29 (p. 330)
  • Careful now: just the way you rehearsed it. Use as much truth as possible: that’s how you’ll get away with the lies.
    • Chapter 30 (p. 340)
  • “So—I’m a major. New pay grade.” She laughed. “My salary has just jumped from nothing to next-to-nothing. What will I spend it all on?”
    • Chapter 33 (p. 378)
  • “And saying that doesn’t get you in trouble, does it?”
    His smile broadened. “Nope. Not a bit.” He straightened up, stuck out his hand. “I’m glad I was able to come and give you the inside scoop on—absolutely nothing. And on the people who have absolutely nothing to do with it.”
    Caine smiled. “Your failure to impart any information has been very illuminating.”
    • Chapter 35 (p. 397)
  • What gives with him? Does he take jerk pills?
    • Chapter 38 (p. 423)

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