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David Weber is the science fiction phenomenon of the decade. His popular Honor Harrington novels are New York Times best sellers and can't come out fast enough for his devoted readers. In addition to the Honor Harrington series, he has written many top-selling science fiction novels, all for Baen, including Empire from the Ashes, The Apocalypse Troll, and The Excalibur Alternative. He has also begun a top-selling epic SF adventure series in collaboration with John Ringo, with four novels so far: March Upcountry, March to the Sea, March to the Stars and We Few. His Wind Rider's Oath (05/04), another New York Times best seller, continues his popular fantasy adventure series. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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Product Details

  • Series: Weber, David
  • Hardcover: 784 pages
  • Publisher: Baen; 1St Edition edition (February 25, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743435931
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743435932
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.6 x 9.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (134 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #825,078 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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David Mark Weber is an American science fiction and fantasy author. He was born in Cleveland, Ohio in 1952. Weber and his wife Sharon live in Greenville, South Carolina with their three children and "a passel of dogs".

Previously the owner of a small advertising and public relations agency, Weber now writes science fiction full time.

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147 of 149 people found the following review helpful By Arthur W. Jordin on February 16, 2003
Format: Hardcover
Empire From the Ashes (2003) is an omnibus edition of the Dahak series. It contains Mutineers' Moon, The Armageddon Inheritance, and Heirs of Empire. These novels are among Weber's earliest works.

Before Honor Harrington there was Commander Colin Maclntyre, USN. On a routine training mission to the moon, he discovered that the Moon wasn't a natural body, but rather a 3000 kilometer diameter warship, the Dahak. Moreover, the artificial intelligence that guided the ship had been waiting patiently -- 51,000 years -- for a crew, so it immediately impressed Colin as its commander.

In Mutineers' Moon, Colin has to fight the original mutiny as well as human terrorists and fanatics. Moreover, there were the long lost empire itself.

In The Armageddon Inheritance, Colin must fight against an invasion of genocidal aliens, the Achuultani. These aliens periodically swarm through the galaxy exterminating all other races. Earth can't resist them, so Colin searches the long lost empire for assistance.

In Heirs of Empire, Colin's children are shipwrecked during their midshipman cruise on a primitive planet, where they face an implacable theocracy that wants them dead. Meanwhile, back in the capital, an unknown enemy is threatening the empire.

These novels are space opera, of the "find a starship and see the galaxy" variety, with simple plots but lots of action. The scope of these novels is much like the Lensman series, huge fleets fighting in space, but without the colliding planets. Moreover, the technology is more generic and less detailed than in the Honor Harrington series.

Recommended for Weber fans and anyone who enjoys largescale space opera.
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123 of 125 people found the following review helpful By Fairportfan on March 26, 2003
Format: Hardcover
"Mutineer's Moon" was one of Dave's earliest books (i here insert my usual disclaimer that i am his brother), and one of his better premises. ("Path of the Fury" (q.v.), from the same period, is, i think a better book, but "Moon" is excellent.)
We grew up on a diet of classic SF that has certainly shaped David's writing -- perticularly, in reading this book, i am reminded that we had access to the complete works of Edward E. ("Doc") Smith. "Doc" would begin with a relatively basic premise (Dick Seaton discovers a way to produce all sorts of energy from ordinary copper; the Arisians and the Eddoreans work to thwart each other in shaping the Universe), and then, from book to book, both the super-scientific wonders and the stakes would grow and grow. It is in the "Dahak" books that this influence on David most clearly shows, with entire moons used as weapons, ships the size of small planets, huge orbiting space defence fortresses, entire mountains resculpted to provide weapons mounts and weapons so powerful that a single bomb can destroy an entire world
David's opening premise here, that the Earth's Moon... isn't, so to speak, is grandiose enough, and would serve as the basis for an excellent novel without much added material... but it's just the beginning.
From the moment when astronaut Colin MacIntyre's spacecraft is snatched over Luna's Farsideby "impossible" means and he is conveyed into what appears to be a huge complex of caverns inside the Moon, the action begins accelerating and doesn't stop, as we learn that much of what we "know" of our world, our ancestors and our history is either false or the result of the conflicts of hidden forces of which we know nothing.
And then we discover that those forces are merely the result of panic reactions to the REAL coming menace.
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49 of 51 people found the following review helpful By John A. Rauth, Jr. on February 18, 2003
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This book is defintely worth the read! BUT... this is not a new volume in the series (as I expected), rather all three books compiled in one volume. Come on Mr. Weber! Give us a new novel set in the Empire universe!
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33 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on March 19, 2003
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Finally I can get rid of my worn out paperbacks!! This book contains Mutineers' Moon, The Armageddon Inheritance, and Heirs of Empire! Not only are these three orignal books now in one large nice hardcover some of David Weber's very best writting, they are in one book! These are the stories (these 3 books) that got me hooked on David Weber and his writing style. For those of you who many not have read any of his works, Weber's writing is full of details, but the action and adventure never stop. The detail rich storylines provide that you'll never be bored! You'll always understand what he is talking about (you won't have to figure it what he's trying to tell you), he explains the technology of his story lines in crips clean sentances that while aren't baby talk don't make you look around for a dictionary for scientists!! Before I ever read a single Honor Herrington, I read Mutineers' Moon, The Armageddon Inheritance, and Heirs of Empire, now available in this one book!!!
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By R.Parklane on October 20, 2003
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This is space sci-fi at its best! I feel myself lucky to have read all 3 continuously and it has cost me some lost sleep. Mutineers' Moon was great-imagine our moon which turned out to be a planetoid spaceship! The second book, Armageddon Inheritance is the best - an amazing alien enemy, heroism, amazing space battles and of couse my favorite character Dakar who was the ultimate hero. Heirs of Empire is good too but I felt let down by the ending which seems rushed - the adventures of Sean and Company was top entertainment until the abrupt conclusion. Yes we know they were fine towards the end of the book but they deserved a longer story ! Finally when is the 4th book ? Surely this is not the end for Dakar and his human and alien friends !
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