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In the Heart of Darkness

By: David Drake, Eric Flint
Narrated by: Pete Bradbury
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The Malwa Empire has conquered 6th century India and is forging the subcontinent's vast population into an invincible weapon of tyranny. Belisarius, the finest general of his age, must save the world. Guided by visions from a future that may never be, he and a band of comrades penetrate the Malwa heartland, seeking the core of the enemy's power. And when Belisarius leads the forces of good, only a fool would side with evil.

©1998 Eric Flint and David Drake (P)2019 Recorded Books

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good book

good book and good production. I enjoyed it and highly recconend it. well worth spending money on

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Great series

Wish audible would speed up with the rest of the books in this series.. Peter Bradbury does a great job with telling of the story.

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Marvelous Alternate Universe

Drake and Flint are a wonderful team, they know how to build a believable world using real characters.

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Simply the Best

Just wonderful! Best series of all time and Pete Bradbury did an amazing job. So many voices for so many characters done perfectly.

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The future reaching back in time to pull strings

In the Heart of Darkness is the second installment of the Eric Flint / David Drake collaboration of the Belisarius series. Two future societies are competing to rewrite history in their favor by assisting two sixth century empires. The Malwa in India are opposed by Belisarius representing the Eastern Roman Empire. Belisarius has traveled to India to ‘spy’ on the Malwa, feign possible traitorous actions as well as avoid the Roman emperor who is being misled. His wife meanwhile focuses on developing strategies for some of the novel weaponry provided. Belisarius eventually is forced to leave under nail-biting circumstances. At home, he finds a coup in progress and saves the empire.

Flint / Drake offers an engaging alternate history with a real-life military genius. The action is nearly non-stop. One interesting aspect surrounds the visions of future warfare that Belisarius has neither the language nor conceptual principles to understand, but always seems to manage to glean some nugget of useful information. He also gets somewhat testy with his future link and engages with the Malwa counterpart.

The narration is great with solid character distinction. Pacing is smooth a bit brisk.

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Finally!

Second entry in a great series. I waited a long time for this book. Recommend it heartily. You will not be sorry.

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All Time Favorite Alt History Series

Finally! To be able to listen to one of my favorite series... Give me more, and soon. Please.

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Great Alternate History Series -

Characters develop better with each installment and plot thickens as locals change. Can't wait for rest!

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An old favorite

A great story I read so many years ago, now read to me by. good voice talent.

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2nd book in series, almost as great as the first

This is the 2nd book in the incredible series about Belisarius in Eric Flint's pseudo-history.

It's almost as good a the 1st, the plot is no less interesting though the description of the naval battle is a bit difficult to follow.

The performance is quite adequate, not incredible but not bungled, all the voices are distinguishable. My only issue is with pronunciation of some names.

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