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Product Details

  • Series: Berserker Series/Fred Saberhagen
  • Hardcover: 383 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books; 1st edition (August 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312859392
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312859398
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 5.8 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 2.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,447,088 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Library Journal

This seventh title in the Berserker series (Beserker Kill, LJ 9/15/93) finds the intelligent, deadly Berserker machines infiltrating human colonies to destroy them. The humans have cracked the Berserkers' codes and plan a battle defense. Although it helps to be familiar with the series, this novel can stand alone. Full of action and intrigue, Saberhagen's fast-paced military sf adventure is recommended for most collections or where the series is popular.
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Booklist

Saberhagen's murderous, robotic Berserkers return for another shot at the human Solarians. Spacer Nifty Gift (a human) deserts comrades on a recon mission; one of the deserted, Spacer Traskeluk, pursues vengeance; and the Berserkers mount an attack on the human outpost known as Fifty-Fifty--a fleet action in which the odds are heavily against the Solarians. Photojournalist Jory Yokusaka interviews Gift, covers the battle, and with Traskeluk defeats a Berserker disguised as a human android. Saberhagen's prose is plain, and the universe he gives us a bit unadorned and, by contemporary standards, too human-dominated. Moreover, the Battle of Fifty-Fifty is the Battle of Midway so meticulously transferred to interstellar space that one wonders whether Saberhagen's tongue isn't somewhere in cheek. Still, the action is nonstop. The Berserker Saga continues to draw and deserve readers, but it hasn't worn as well as it might have. Saberhagen's best stuff now is his Dracula novels and freestanding fantasies like Dancing Bears. Roland Green

Customer Reviews

Kinda makes it hard to even pretend you don't know what's going to happen at that point.
Robert
I've read many of Saberhagen's books over the years, including his Berserker and Swords series, but "Berserker Fury" has to be his poorest effort ever.
W. Castro
I wonder if the first draft might not have been a real description of the Midway event, followed by a poorly executed word processor search-and-replace activity.
PZavon

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Robert on March 12, 1999
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I don't mind the "Battle of Midway" angle. I do think it could have been concealed a little better, but maybe the author wanted us all to see it. I actually got some entertainment out of seeing how he would work in certain historical events.
The side-story about our opening-scene protagonist was so-so. I could take it or leave it. Mr. Saberhagen's done better, and I've read worse.
Here's my main beef. This book reads like he wrote 10 pages at a time, and then just randomly shuffled the sections together. We haven't even fought the battle yet when we read about the analysts' thoughts on the outcome. Kinda makes it hard to even pretend you don't know what's going to happen at that point.
That's just one example. We constantly read about characters referring to things that they won't find out about for another 20 pages. And other nonsense along those lines. It made for very infuriating reading.
Mr. Saberhagen needed someone to read through his computer print-out and move a couple pages around.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Michael Valdivielso on May 17, 1999
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
BErserker Fury was a space version of the Battle of Midway, but the real battle was less confusing. Time seems to have no meaning, as your point of view changes in both time and space, like a bad Doctor Who movie. Sometimes I don't know what character I am reading about. I happen to be a great fan and even sent him e-mail once, but this book could of been A LOT better if somebody else had gone over it with a magic marker and helped him cut out parts that were not needed.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 19, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I have hear good things about the berserker series and was hoping that the reviews were wrong. How *wrong* I was. This book is terrible. It is written in a detached, all-knowing, third-person perspective, with almost no character development.
In fact you don't find out much of anything about the characters till the last 1/4 of the book. Nothing is ever explained, it reads like a bad enclyopedia. This book not even worth the shipping I paid for it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Patrick J. Callahan on February 18, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Looking at so many of the other customer reviews here, with one star or two out of five, I believe the book has been underrated.

True, the book has weaknesses, but the final 75 pages are excellent, even brilliant. However, in the opening two-thirds of the book the narrative goes so flat I had to go over to speed reading mode to just get through some of it. Naturally, readers who just get bored to death and quit are never going to reach those final chapters.

In the final 75 pages or so, Fred Saberhagen stacks up with David Weber and David Drake as a master of future war.

I thought I was so clever, recognizing the Battle of Midway (WW II) as re-described in Fred Saberhagen's novel. Now I get to Amazon reviews, and see that almost every reviewer has picked up the identical parallel.

Final remark -- the Berserker novels by Fred S. are very uneven. I reviewed one and gave it about 5 stars as simply EXCELLENT. A different one I just panned as dull, whacko, and without any ending. It just stopped in the middle.

Some of these Berserker novels are excellent, but a few are real dogs. Sadly, I suspect that the author is just out for the bucks. By now he is a "big name," so just dumps out anything, whether it is decent or just junk. He doesn't care, as long as he gets the check. The editors at the publishing house don't care either. He is riding on his reputation, and they know he can still sell some to the poor saps who believe in him.

Bear in mind, SOME of these berserker novels are really good. Hard for someone starting into them to know which ones, though.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 20, 2001
Format: Mass Market Paperback
You may or may not be annoyed that Saberhagen is lifting much of his plot from WWII- let's face it, Jerry Pournelle and many others are guilty of the same crime. What is more frustrating here is the author's stunted, wooden writing style. Often, he finds it necessary to repeat the same facts over and over again, as if he's straining to fill up space. Plot and characters aside, the actual use of the language itself is so frustrating that the book is unreadable.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 21, 1997
Format: Hardcover
Mr Saberhagen must have been put on a short time table for the completion of this book. The book is just a shallow rewrite of the WWII Battle of Midway (and or the movie by the same name) and put in space. Most of the details, tactics and personal events of the actual battle off Midway Island have been retained and only slightly altered so they would relate to space. The supersecret decryption of berserker codes just like the U.S.Navy did to the Japanese. The number of carriers involved is the same. Individual ship histories just prior to and during the battle are the same. The actual U.S. Navy Task Force numbers 16 and 17 remain the same in Berserker Fury and perform the same role as they did at Midway. I don't remember if "Void" fighters have always been in the Berserker series of books but its amazing how similar the name and performace compare to the Japanese "Zeros" used at Midway. If blatantly copying history wasn't distracting enough this book was just not put together very well. I get the distinct impression of a lack of review. Time lines were confusing and often appeared to be out of sequence. Details were repeated unnessessarly and I found myself asking "why is he repeating this stuff here?" I have enjoyed Mr Saberhagen's books in the past and expect to in the future but Berserker Fury gave me the impression that his publisher told him to produce a book in 3 weeks and he did.
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More About the Author

Fred Saberhagen (1930-2007) is widely published in many areas of speculative fiction. He is best known for his Berserker, Swords, and Dracula series. Less known are the myth-based fantasies Books of the Gods. Fred also authored a number of non-series fantasy and science fiction novels and a great number of short stories. For more information on Fred, visit his website: www.fredsaberhagen.com.