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The Chosen (The Raj Whitehall Series, Book 6) Mass Market Paperback – May 1, 1996


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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Baen; 1ST edition (May 1, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671877240
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671877248
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 4.2 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #226,341 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

David Drake is best known for the 'Hammer's Slammers' series which effectively created the subgenre of military SF. S.M. Stirling is the author of the 'Draka' parallel universe series. Together they are the authors of the bestselling 'General' sequence which charts the alternate history of Byzantine hero Belisarius, the finest military genius of his time.

More About the Author

I'm a writer by trade, born in France but Canadian by origin and American by naturalization, living in New Mexico at present. My hobbies are mostly related to the craft -- I love history, anthropology and archaeology, and am interested in the sciences. The martial arts are my main physical hobby.

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Great military sci fi.
tenchifew
The First five books in the series are strong, but this one just seems to come together.
william kulhanek
Ideas are great and characters are well done.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 29, 1998
Format: Mass Market Paperback
A continuation of the General series is a pleasant surprise. The Chosen continues David Drakes' penchant for molding a military fiction around actual history. S.M. Stirling contributes a strategical view of the situational plot which is usually lacking in Drakes' novels (not to the detriment of his stories, though). The S.M. Stirling/David Drake tandem achieves a notable work in this novel. Granted, I enjoy both authors, but rarely am I compelled to start and finish a book in one day. This one was an exception. The military action holds your interest while the promise of the resolution of the strategical situation keeps you turning pages. This novel is a worthy continuation of the General series, although the character of the CENTER computer is much more muted and almost non-existent. In past novels the computer was an integral part of the story; in The Chosen it is much farther in the background. In summary, the story could easily stretch over five novels as the previous series did. The story felt a bit rushed, with far less detail than I had hoped for.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By silliman89 on August 18, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This entertaining book was very different from the GENERAL series with Center and Raj Whitehall. Raj only has a bit part in this story, although his reminiscing about his life after the general series ended was satisfying (but short).
This is a World War I technology level war story, with very interesting battle scenes, but poor character involvement. The story skips in and out of the hero's life over a period of decades. As a reader, I never really connected that much with the people. I was interested in the final outcome of the war, but the nations were just as interesting as the people in this story, and just as identifiable.
This is a good solid read. If you are a big Raj Whitehall fan, it's fun to think that Center has given him a sort of immortality. If you want to see two of the greatest military authors have fun with World War I, this book is definitely for you. Maybe, as some reviewers have mentioned, if this were expanded into a whole series I would have felt more involved with the characters.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Paul O'Connor VINE VOICE on September 27, 2008
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This is perhaps the single most brilliant book of the entire "The General" series.

The other reviewers complain that there isn't much character development and that we don't get to see much of the character's lives when they aren't being shot at. This is a valid complaint and is the result of cramming about 2-3 books into a single volume but misses the point of the book completely.

This book is a wonderful illustration (or more accurately, set of illustrations) of the old military maxim that a war is usually won before it starts.

The authors start the book at the late Victorian/WWI technological level and rapid ramped it up to Spanish Civil War level; showing the stresses that drove the technology forward and its effect on both the strategic level and from the point of view of the soldiers who do the shooting and dying.

Yes, there's tons of interesting military action but that's not the point of the book. Watch the weapons and strategies evolve. Watch the economies and policies of the various nations change over time. Marvel at how Center, the Farr family, and the redoubtable Raj Whitehall set a trap for the Chosen over a 20 year period. And then realize at the end of the book that the worst is probably yet to come as the peace will probably be more difficult to win than the war.

The scope and breadth of this book is astonishing. It was written by two men who have a deep understanding of history, not just military history, and have learned some of its hardest lessons. I would almost argue that it should be required reading for anybody who wants to be a high government official.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 22, 1996
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Read Stirling's Draka novels first for an added appreciation
of this book. The Chosen resemble the Draka, and the
Santandans are kin to the Alliance for Democracy.
In both plots, the Chosen/Draka have more slaves and resources
and strive toward world conquest. Here, the technology
level is World War I. But the real contrast is in the different
strategy used by Santander, and in the resultant outcome.

It is as though in the Draka universe, the Alliance
had elected to fight in the time frame of "Under the Yoke",
instead of staying at peace, paving the way to its
disasterous fate in "Stone Dogs".
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Arthur W. Jordin on April 19, 2014
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The Chosen (1996) is the sixth SF novel in the Raj Whitehall series, following The Sword. The initial volume in this sequence is The Forge.

In the previous volume, Raj went to the catacombs to see Thom again. Center released Thom from stasis when Raj arrived. They discussed and viewed Raj's experiences. Raj left and Thom returned to stasis.

Raj met his Companions again at the levee that would probably end in Raj's death. With Anne dead, there was no one to speak in his favor at court. Tzetzas had already revoked his position and confiscated his land.

Barholm was clearly going to get vengeance for the death of Cabot. As Raj was prostrated before him, Barholm started his ceremonial speech of castigation. A messenger arrived and the news was passed to Tzetzas. The Chancellor's face turned white in fear.

Barholm noticed the commotion and was angry at Tzetzas. Then he was told that the Colonials had crossed the border. Barholm assumed that the Colonials were just raiding, but Tzetzas said that it was an invasion. Barholm dismissed the court and called for a war council.

In this novel, Raj Whitehall was a General on Bellevue. Now he is a virtual persona within Center. Together, they are working for restoration of the Federation.

Center is a Sector Command and Control Unit AZ12-b14-cooo Mk. XIV. It is a very advanced computer that had served the Federation before the Fall. Now copies of it and Raj are being distributed to other planets within the former Federation.
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