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.
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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.
This is book 2 in the series, but is not related to the first book in the series by anything other than its universe and political setup.
The book was unnecessarily long, and Weber could use and edit for length. Large portions of the book were dedicated to detailed space opera battles, and if you slept through one or two of these you wouldn't miss much of the storyline.
If you're into space battles constantly, this is a good place to start. You will get your fill of it here in the next 12 hours or so. (I listened to it as an audiobook)
I still Weber fan, but I'm debating getting the follow-on book in this series which actually continues this specific storyline. I'll see how I feel a week. Outstanding job by the narrator and author to bring the various species to life.
I was very impressed by the narrator and his ability to bring the different species to life. It was a really well done performance. The book is very engaging and I enjoyed the space battle aspect of it.
His ability to make the alien species stand out. Very impressive.
No it's a long book and at times heartbreaking to read. With it's long campaigns and the battles that are won and lost you need to time in between.
One of the best audible narration performances I've heard.
It's just non stop space battles. No depth to the story. You can fall asleep while learning to it and not miss anything important... One of the worst binds by David Weber ever. I want my money back.
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.
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.
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.
"Very one dimentional people"
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.
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