Five thousand years after Sun Tzu writes The Art of War, his advice is followed during the Fourth Interstellar War between the terrible Bugs and the humans, who are aided by their catlike Orion allies.
©1997 David Weber & Steve White (P)2015 Audible, Inc.
I like this book for the exciting battels and surprises but comparet to other books by David Weber the people are very one dimentional in this story. Politicians are always and compleatly bad. Military people are always good and never makes mistakes unless they are missing information, and they are ALWAYS compleatly selfsacrificing. (I'm not exaggerating here)
If you can ignore this and just want some good space battels it is still a good book.
"One of my favorite all time military sci-fi"
Detailed Battles, but not to the extent where it become repetitive. A use of past tense to cover some battles is refreshing.
He has some excellent voices for many of the characters.
One of my favorite books. I have read it 3 times and when I so it on Audile I had to get it. The narrator has is amazing and does a great job.
"Half a book"
You must need to buy The Shiva Option to hear the conclusion, I personally won't bother. Good military sci-fi gives you characters to root for and battles you can understand. I didn't really care about any of the characters and I spent most of the book thinking a closed wormhole was one way because it wasn't explained well in the beginning. New technologies were brought in but poorly explained. Like near the end the bugs come up with a new thing that can kill fortresses, but the authors don't explain why standard defense would have any problem with it or why it wasn't thought of before.
Some of the major battles end half way through , the narrator going in seconds from talking about a major development in the battle to characters talking about the aftermath in another star system. It was hard to follow in places also because it would switch back and forth between narrating the alliance and the bugs, in battles spanning a half dozen star systems with 8 fleets.
"relentless action. great naval warfare."
The book seemed to begin in the middle of a battle and didn't let up until the very end. very believable action scenes.
"Poor book 2"
Do not know.
He was good with the material he had.
The first book was good. This book was one long battle, after battle, after battle, after battle, after battle, etc. No character development, story poor, except for battle after battle after battle after battle after battle.
"I just didn't really care about the characters"
there wasn't really a character that stood out, the story just dragged out, I'm usually a David Webber fan
"Not for me"
Usually I really like Weber and how he deals with difference. This was just one long long boring battle had trouble getting into it at all. Just not my style rather than anything terrible. Couldn't be bothered and I did prefer the first one in the series a lot more.
hmmm call that an ending?
Good, clear and personable but (at times) to exaggerated.
Not for me
Maybe I over-reacted, Weber is an author I usually enjoy immensely, and anticipating much better became very impatient and critical.
I have read this series multiple times and I am enjoying hearing it. Great series
"I love this book"
The only thing this book lacks spaceis the fact that the one coming after it is not out yet. I look forward to it eagerly.
Not only did I struggle to get through this book, I skipped ahead and still found nothing but constant war scenes that had no character development nor anything else that made me care about what was happening to anyone in the entire story. Save your credit for something worth your time.
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