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Belisarius I: Thunder at Dawn (Belisarius Series) (v. 1) Hardcover – September 2, 2008


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Product Details

  • Series: Belisarius Series
  • Hardcover: 784 pages
  • Publisher: Baen (September 2, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416555684
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416555681
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1.6 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,034,401 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author



David Drake was attending Duke University Law School when he was drafted. He served the next two years in the Army, spending 1970 as an enlisted interrogator with the 11th armored Cavalry in Viet Nam and Cambodia. Upon return he completed his law degree at Duke and was for eight years Assistant Town Attorney for Chapel Hill, North Carolina. He has been a full-time freelance writer since 1981. Besides the bestselling Hammer’s Slammers series, his books for Baen include the Lt. Leary series, the latest being The Way to Glory, and the Belisarius series, written in collaboration with Eric Flint, the first two novels of which are now combined in ((TITLE??)).

Eric Flint is the New York Times best-selling author of the Ring of Fire alternate history series, the first of which is 1632. His impressive first novel, Mother of Demons (Baen), was selected by SF Chronicle as one of the best novels of 1997. In addition to his collaborations with David Drake, he has also joined forces with David Weber in 1633 and the New York Times best seller 1634: The Baltic War, both novels in the Ring of Fire series, and on Crown of Slaves, a best of the year pick by Publishers Weekly. Flint received his masters degree in history from UCLA and was for many years a labor union activist. He lives in East Chicago, IL, with his wife and is working on more books in the best-selling Ring of Fire series. 

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Eric Flint is the co-author of three New York Times best sellers in his Ring of Fire alternate history series. His first novel for Baen, Mother of Demons, was picked by Science Fiction Chronicle as a best novel of the year. His 1632, which launched the Ring of Fire series, won widespread critical praise, as from Publishers Weekly, which called him an SF author of particular note, one who can entertain and edify in equal, and major, measure. A longtime labor union activist with a Masters Degree in history, he currently resides in northwest Indiana with his wife Lucille.

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I enjoyed reading these books and can't wait to read the other volumes.
rly
Highly recommended for Drake & Flint fans and for anyone else who enjoys tales of alternate history, military tactics, and epic drama.
Arthur W. Jordin
Great action, excellent character development, and a story line I found believable and enticing.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Arthur W. Jordin on August 20, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Fighting a Future

Thunder At Dawn (2008) is an omnibus edition of the Belisarius series, including An Oblique Approach and In the Heart of Darkness. In this series, Emperor Justinian ruled Byzantium, the Empire of Rome in the East. A former Thracian peasant, Justinian had selected a minor Thracian noble -- Belisarius -- to be his bodyguard and then later to head the army facing their Medean foe. While Belisarius was not the Emperor's friend (for Justinian had no friends), they respected each other and Belisarius' wife Antonia was a close friend of the Empress Theodora.

An Oblique Approach (1998) is the first novel in this series. Belisarius has just assumed command of the Army at Daras when the monk Michael of Macedonia and Anthony Cassian -- the local bishop -- come to his new house in Aleppo. They bring a strange object -- a faceted crystal that seems to form and reform -- found by Michael within his cave in the desert. They say that it has brought visions to their minds while holding it and they urge Belisarius to take it into his own hands. When it is passed to him, the crystal flares into light and floods his mind with visions.

The crystal can induce visions and feelings, but is mostly unable to communicate directly. The visions shows a future in which the Malwa empire of northern India conquers all the known world. These visions induce feelings of dread and despair, but all who hold the crystal also feel certain that the future shown and felt is not necessarily the only possible future.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Darrell Jay Smith on December 27, 2012
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The military campaigns, technological innovations, and geo-politics blend well into a fast paced adventure. Character development is well done - something easily lost in panoramic tales of this scope. The story continues the tale of the Roman-Greek military genius Bellisarius and his campaigns against the evil Indian Malwa Empire led by a emotionless robot from the future who has been sent to the past to conquer mankind. You will have trouble putting it down.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Keith Cockrell on January 9, 2013
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This is a winning combo of two authors who are great separately. As if that wasn't enough this is TWO books. Baen has combined the first two books of the Belisarius saga. To say I loved it is understatement. The only alternate history SF that even might be better is Eric Flint's 1632. This is a heck of a bargain.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By rly on March 16, 2014
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I am a fan of Roman Empire military history and was sceptical of the story line when I read the description of the book, I can tell you I am delighted that I read the books anyway. The books satisfied my facisnation with Roman Empire history but also gave life to historical characters even though they may not be accurate or factual. I thought the what if direction of the story and the tie in of documented historical events and people was very well done, Valentinian, Antoninana, Rana Sanga etc., all came to life. I enjoyed reading these books and can't wait to read the other volumes. I cannot remember looking forward to reading a sequel as much since I read Flashman by George MacDonald Fraser.If you like history and are willing to suspend your disbelief you cannot help but enjoy these books.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Michael Turner on July 10, 2014
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I have read these books many times. Belisarius is well known to students of Byzantine history, but Flint and Drake have turned have turned him into a historical fantasy hero. This book is the first third of an epic story of battle against an ultimate evil, that is at the same time about an important philosophical question. Should we seek for perfection? Or should we instead preserve our ability to change and adapt? Larger than life characters, who, at the same time, have human doubts and fears. The enemy seeks to purify humanity, but can a pure humanity be human?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By George R. Harris on June 2, 2014
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Belisarius I: Thunder at Dawn (Belisarius Saga combo volumes). Books 1 - 3 of the Belisarius series. Fantasy / Alternate Historical writing at it's best. One of my favorite annual reads. Action, good guys, baaad guys, strong family commitment, devious minds and really excellent writing.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Skip Dahlgren on September 1, 2013
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even if it weren't for the excellent & highly accurate portrayal of Aksumite history, culture, & significance in the 6th century world, I would still love this book & the others in the trilogy... as it is, I'm delighted to have had the opportunity to read them!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Corby D. Carter on May 21, 2013
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I really enjoy the character development which begins in this series. Good characters are essential to a good story. This story is filled with great characters. It is a great beginning to a quality series. I'm on to the next book . . .
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