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The Masters' Gambit
Robotech The Masters Gambit Cover
Author Jack McKinney
Publication date 1 March, 1995
Published by Del Rey
publication order
Preceded by
Robotech: The Zentraedi Rebellion
Followed by
Robotech: The Masters Saga: The Southern Cross

The Masters' Gambit is the 20th Robotech novel, written by Jack McKinney in 1995. It is part of the "Lost Generation" series and acts as a sort of prelude to Robotech: The Masters.

Synopsis

The Robotech Masters had come to Earth to reclaim the precious Protoculture Matrix -- the enigmatic substance that powered an entire civilization. But poised on the edge of Earthspace, the Masters discovered their mission would not be easy. For Earth's Robotech defenders had vanquished the Masters' clone army, and the Super Dimensional Fortress that concealed the Matrix lay inaccessible beneath the ruins of Macross City. And though the SDF-1's mother computer had survived the holocaust, it was now housed at the Humans' Protoculture research lab in Tokyo -- where it had embarked on a second career as EVE, the telegenic guiding voice of the postwar generation.

EVE was the Masters' only possible access to the buried Matrix. But two things stood in their way: an ally of the Humans who seemed to be the renegade Robotech scientist Zor, and a group of young, cynical hackers out to subvert Tokyo's most powerful computers -- especially EVE the most tempting target of them all...

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