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The Savior (10) (General (Drake)) Hardcover – Illustrated, September 2, 2014
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- Publisher : Baen; Illustrated edition (September 2, 2014)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 432 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1476736707
- ISBN-13 : 978-1476736709
- Item Weight : 1.35 pounds
- Dimensions : 6.13 x 1.4 x 9.25 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,473,597 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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However, the writer is clearly not David Drake. One example; the word "he" appears more in this book than any 4 or 5 of the others in the series.
Despite that, the core story is good and ends satisfyingly.
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The stories in the universe of "The General" are nominally science fiction set a few thousand years in the future after the fall of a galactic republic which the heroes of the series are working to rebuild, one planet at a time. However, several of the plotlines are reworking of stories from classical military history: for example the original five stories set on the planet Bellevue are loosely inspired by the life story of the Byzantine empire's greatest general, Count Belisarius, on whom the character of Raj Whitehall is based, and the two stories set on the planet Hafardine are a retelling of the history of the Roman Republic in the century before the birth of Christ. With some modifications to the ending in each case!
"The Heretic" and "The Savrious" feature a different type of opponent. Where on Bellevue Raj Whitehall "merely" had to defeat waves of waves of barbarians without his success causing his paranoid political boss to have him eliminated as a threat, and in " The Chosen (Raj Whitehall) " Raj and his agents had to prevent a nation of super-nazis from conquering the relevant planet, this time Raj and Center are up against another supercomputer.
On Bellevue an imperial battle computer, Center, had survived and was working by stealth through carefully selected humans to re-establish civilisation.
Like Bellevue, the planet Duisberg where "The Heretic" and "The Saviour" are set has a surviving pre-fall computer. But this one, called "Zentrum," has taken a diametrically opposite approach from that of Center. Instead of trying to rebuild civilisation, Zentrum has interpreted its' programming as a command to keep the planet in stasis, which it has done by establishing a restrictive, anti-innovation church with itself worshipped as God. Zentrum also maintains stasis in the long run by periodically deliberately allowing successful invasions of the civilised areas of the planet by barbarians. These devastating incursions are known as the "blood winds" and by the time of "The Saviour" one of them is some years overdue ...
In the first book Raj and Center made contact with a small boy called Abel. To prevent the massacre of everyone he loves, he had to selectively disregard the teachings of Zentrum's all dominant religion and become a heretic. A crime which is punishable by burning at the stake ...
By the start of "The Saviour" Abel has grown up and become a senior military commander, as is his father. Through a series of brilliant military tactics, careful deflection of the blame for success, and with the help of Raj and Center's advice, he managed to stop an invasion which Zentrum had intended should succeed.
Now he finds himself second in command of another military operation which Zentrum intends to fail with catastrophic results for everything which passes for civilisation on Duisberg. And Zentrum is not planning to allowing the soldiers who serve it anychance to win ...
These Duisberg stories are not quite as brilliant as the best of the previous books in the series but both are fairly unputdownable - I finished reading both "The Heretic" and "The Saviour" quickly and thoroughly enjoyed both books.
The books of the original five part series "The General," set on Raj Whitehall's planet, Bellevue, are
1) " Forge (The General 1)
2) " The Hammer (General Series)
(These two original novels have been published together twice, first as "Warlord" and again as "Hope Reborn")
3) " The Anvil (Book III of The General) "
4) " Steel (The General, Book IV) "
5) " The Sword "
(These three published together as "Conqueror.")
Then there are the two "Hafardine" books:
6) " The Reformer (Raj Whitehall) " (with S.M. Stirling)
7) " The Tyrant (Raj Whitehall) " (with Eric Flint)
There is a stand alone novel co-written with S.M. Stirling, on which the eponymous bad guys are very similar to those in Stirling's "Draka" trilogy ...
8) " The Chosen "
Then we have these two "Duisberg" books:
9) "The Heretic" and
10) This book, "The Saviour."
beginning, or at least read the prequel to this book "The Heretic" (another excellent book).
The story of a world ruled by a tyrannical religion with a mad computer at its centre pretending to be god, and the only one who can stop the blood winds is one young soldier helped by Raj Whitehall and Centre is a brilliant continuation of the series and I hope to read more of both this series and both David and Tony's work.You won't be disappointed!