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Berserker Prime

By: Fred Saberhagen
Narrated by: Richard Powers
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Master storyteller Fred Saberhagen continues his best-selling Berserker series, detailing humanity's war with the dreaded juggernaut-like machines programmed to destroy all life in the galaxy.

On the Twin World planets, Plenipotentiary Gregor is determined to serve his government - even if it means executing innocent Huvean hostages, invaders from another planet - and even though Gregor's own granddaughter, Luon, is in love with a Huvean. But now the Berserkers are threatening the Twin Worlds, capturing the planets' president and reprogramming his brain to suit their violent agenda. And only the Huveans, in a desperate reprieve, can save the Twin Worlds' populace from annihilation.

©2004 Fred Saberhagen (P)2011 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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“The action and suspense remain abundant as ever.” (Booklist)

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Kind of blah

OK, I will start with a disclaimer: I have never read/listened to any of the other works in Saberhagen's Berserker series, which are supposed to be excellent sci-fi. From what I can tell, this is a prequel to most of the other Berserker books and familiarity with the other stories isn't essential to understanding the book....although it might enhance your enjoyment of the book. I wasn't familiar with the others and I didn't particularly enjoy it.

Berserker Prime is best described as an instance of space opera, with the usual trappings: noble, larger-than-life heroes....an implacable, hard to defeat robotic enemy...the obligatory young lovers unjustly separated...the triumph of human spirit over the evils of the universe. Unfortunately, it was not particularly well-written space opera, the ending could be seen a mile off and, after a while, completing it just became an exercise in plodding along.

I generally like Paul Michael Garcia's readings in shorter works, but this is the first time I've encountered a full novel narrated by him. I think he did a pretty good job, but his reading was generally somewhat bland. Also, there were a few audio glitches which were irritating but not disastrous.

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