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  • Mass Market Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Baen (November 1, 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671720244
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671720247
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.9 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #668,968 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Steve White was born in Norfolk, Virginia, in 1946 and served as a Naval Intelligence officer in the Mediterranean and in the Vietnam War Zone. He is a graduate of the University of Virginia Law School and an associate member of the Virginia Bar. In addition to the best-selling "Starfire" military science fiction series with David Weber, he has written several popular science fiction adventure novels for Baen. They include the trilogy comprising The Disinherited, Legacy and Debt of Ages, which combine fast-paced space opera with Arthurian mythology. He has also written the galaxy-spanning adventure Prince of Sunset, and its sequel Emperor of Dawn, the secret-history science fiction novel The Prometheus Project, the high fantasy novel Demon's Gate, and the time travel adventure Blood of the Heroes. His most recent solo novels are Saint Antony's Fire, an alternate-history fantasy set in Elizabethan times, and Wolf Among the Stars, a sequel to his earlier science fiction novel Eagle Against the Stars. Extremis, a new novel in the "Starfire" series, this time in collaboration with Chuck Gannon, was released in May 2011. Ghosts of Time, the fourth novel in the "Jason Thanou" series of time travel novels that began with Blood of the Heroes, is due for release this month, and a fifth novel, Soldiers Out of Time, is now in the pipeline. Steve lives in Charlottesville, Virginia. He is married and has three daughters, the youngest of whom he and his wife found and adopted in Russia... but that's another story.

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47 of 48 people found the following review helpful By Arthur W Jordin on December 26, 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Insurrection (1990) is the first published novel in the Starfire series. However, it is the last in internal chronological sequence and should be read after The Shiva Option. It begins several generations after the Fourth Interstellar War against the Bugs.

The Legislative Assembly of the Terran Federation has long been dominated by the Corporate Worlds at the expense of the Fringe Worlds. Now the Corporate Worlds have devised a plan to reapportion the Assembly by merging with the Orion Khanate, thereby reducing the Fringe World power base. They are frustrated at the last moment by bad publicity generated when Oskar Dieter, a Corporate World leader, personally insults Fionna MacTaggart, leader of the Fringe Worlders. However, the leader of the Corporate World delegation, Simon Taliaferro, plots to assassinate Fionna in order to throw the Fringe Worlders into a fury so that they will resign from the Assembly. His plot works as planned, but the consequences are more that he reckoned with.

Terran Federation Navy Task Force 17 moves against Beaufort, Fionna's home planet, as a show of force, but it moves too slowly and the insurrection has started before it arrives. Admiral Forsythe is advised to go slowly and negotiate with the rebels, but refuses and plans on firing on opposed ships if necessary. This triggers a mutiny, with the Fringe Worlders taking or destroying all TF17 ships. As the word is spread, other ships mutiny and flee to the Fringe Worlds. Tenth Cruiser Squadron is too far within the Federation to flee, so takes the desperate gamble of raiding Galloway's World to destroy the largest Federation shipyards.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Nork on July 1, 2000
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I have read all of Weber's sci-fi works, and thoroughly enjoyed each. The writing in Insurrection is very good. The tempo of events keeps one on the edge of your seat waiting, or dreading, what comes next. The characters are normal people caught up in the most exciting and terrible events of their lives, and trying to do the best they can according to their sense of honor. The reader doesn't have the "god view" big picture knowledge of events, merely the same one the characters have similarly to Harold Coyle's military fiction books. The battles are believable, the technology consistant throughout. I highly recomend this book to readers of science fiction, and the militery genre both.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Raider on July 9, 2006
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The fourth book by Weber and White, I found this one to be by far the least interesting.

At first the book has much promise: political intrigue, mutinies, space battles and rebellion. However, the flare quickly dies down.

The Fringe Worlds, often economically subjugated by the Inner (Corporate) Worlds, finally have enough after their political leader is assasinated. When the government sends a naval task force to quell any unprising, it instead ignites it. For those that have read the other three books (Crusade, In Death Ground and The Shiva Option), this comes as no surprise because of the tension always felt between the two. It was inevitable.

The characters quickly lose their zest, not changing and not doing anything that surprises you. They are quite bland in their actions, and it is hard to sympathise with any of them. Nearly all the characters have the same driving force: they were thrown into a higher political/military position than they ever imagined, and it's up to them to make a stand or lead their troops. "Yadda yadda yadda" is a pretty good summation. It might have worked for the first three books, but by now the idea is exhausted, and the characters tiring.

Much of the characters the first half of the book focused on take a back seat or are a no show for the second half, leaving you to wonder why they were used if only to be cast aside. And the personal tragedies don't always work. One character who is injured has something taken away from her she held dear, but with her tiring attitude and persona, it's hard to feel sorry for her in any way. This is pretty much the case with all the characters.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Winegarden on March 5, 2006
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"Insurrection" is a collaboration between two masters of military science fiction, David Weber and Steve White.

The book explores the causes and progress of a civil war between parts of a Terran Federation originating from Earth and then bound together in the crucible of war against a merciless alien race. The story of the Fourth Interstellar War against the Arachnids is told in other books of the series. "Insurrection", while written first, is chronologically at the end of the series. It highlights that democratic legitimacy is ultimately grounded upon the consent of the governed.

Weber and White succeed by incorporating insights with clear parallels in Earth's military, diplomatic and political history. The rebels of the Fringe most nearly approximate the American rebels who split from Great Britain within a generation of winning the French and Indian Wars. United in conflict against an external enemy, they are divided by economics and mutual disdain.

"Insurrection" follows key rules of the space opera and military science fiction genres, so will be familiar to the typical reader. Yet, it succeeds in executing the formula very well. It takes a good historian to tell this type of story in a believable way. It requires imagination to teach similar lessons in the new circumstances of space combat. Weber and White deliver both. Heroic sacrifice in the course of combat by rebel and loyalist alike echoes the graduates of West Point split apart by America's Civil War.

Each of these authors have other books that I like as well or even better, yet it was "Insurrection" that hooked me and so it holds a special place in my collection.
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