Empire From the Ashes (Dahak #1-3)
As always, Weber's battle scenarios are well written - whether the fighting is in high tech space ships or in medieval swordfights. I really loved Dahak.
Apart from the politics, the only t ...more
The first book in the series quickly introduces us to the rather preposterous premise that Earth’s moon is actually a gigantic spaceship, disguised like a moon. This spaceship is controlled by a sentient and likeable computer, Dahak, but he no longer has a crew for reasons explained at the beginning of the book. One of the main characters, Colin, is a normal 21st century human with no idea that there’s intelligen ...more
An omnibus of Weber's earliest solo series (Mutineer's Moon in 1991, followed by The Armageddon Inheritance in 1994 and Heirs of Empire in 1996), the tale is a bit more roughly-hewn than his later works. MM, the earliest, is the most straightforward, establishing th ...more
If you take a pinch of "space", add a teaspoon of "opera", then throw in a dash of heroic humans, and another dash of vile villains (don't forget the long dead empire with super technology), put in the fusion reactor at 30 million degrees for 30 minutes, you end up with Space Opera on a grand scale.
You know the routine - massive alien armada is sweeping through the galaxy, destroying any species that ...more
For Colin MacIntyre, it began with a routine training flight over the moon. For Dahak, a self-aware Imperial battleship, it began millennia ago, standing guard against an unknown enemy which once devastated the galaxy-and now has returned. So Dahak grabbed MacIntyre's ship and informed him that he was drafted to be its new captain and lead the fight against the ancient enemy.
MacIntyre had doubts that he could handle the job, but Dahak had definitely picked the right man. Be
I really liked the first two but unfortunately I disliked the third one just as much. The tech stuff and ship combat was pretty much gone and replaced with conspiracies, politics, religion and being stranded on a backwater planet fighting with primitive ...more
Overall, I still did not find this series of books quite to my liking. I un ...more
War is not glorified, for those fearing that. Weber also shows the dark side of any conflict and - especially - that there are always two sides of the truth. The (space) combat is not as detailed as you might ...more
The Armageddon Inheritance
Heirs of Empire
The three books have now been republished in the Empire from the Ashes omnibus.
In the core, book is a classic and often repeated story (both in fantasy and sci-fi) of heroes, villains, an enemy horde that is coming and threatens survival and a happy ending, with a few twists along the way.
But all the familar elements are very nicely put together and story switches from fast paced action to slow paced explanations, making it an very enjoyable read and hard to put down once you start reading.
Super fun read so far.
They are a fun read, the third volume is a pretty far departure from the first two, but is still good.
I was very amused to see the inception of ideas used in the Safehold books be explored.
this is quite possibly David Webers best work, with lively character, a fast plot, and a GREAT narritive!
i would recomend this book to anyone who is interested in books
Many of his stories have military, particularly naval, themes, and fit into the military science fiction genre. He frequently places female leading characters in what have been traditionally male roles.
One of his most popular and enduring characters is Honor Harrington whose alliterated name ...more