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The Chosen (The General #6)

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Picking up where their highly successful sreies The General leaves off, The Chosen follows the further adventures of Raj Whitehall and Battle Central--this time to the stars! Original.
Paperback, 472 pages
Published May 1st 1996 by Baen Books
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Mar 27, 2011 Andreas rated it really liked it
The human galactic federation is in ruins, and the worlds have devolved to various levels of barbarism. On the planet Bellevue, which is at about the early nineteenth century in development, a young officer named Raj Whitehall and his friend venture into the catacombs under the capital. There, they find an ancient battlecomputer named Center. With Center’s help, Raj must unite the planet and enable humanity to retake the stars. The story is at least somewhat based on that of the Byzatine general ...more
Aug 26, 2012 Steven rated it liked it
Not nearly as good as the first 5. The two protagonists are Mary Sues and indistinguishable from one another anyway (in fact almost all the good guys are perfect). Raj was a much deeper protagonist with at least a few flaws (honor before reason being paramount).

The what-they're-rewriting veil is a lot thinner, too. The Belisaurius references aren't so thick in the first five, but this one is so blatantly World War One (with some jumps ahead to two on naval technology) that it's kind of silly. Wh
May 31, 2015 Eva rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Full of stereotypes. People live several millennia in the future from now, yet you have perfect copies of what the average American thinks about various European cultures. All the Germans have first names that were last up to date in the 1950s, yet seem to have made a sudden comeback; they use incorrect German (so help me, if I have to read "behfel ist behfel" one more time), and what else... oh yes, they're basically Nazis, except with, hard at it is to believe, even more blatant genocide and l ...more
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Oct 12, 2016 Peter Kreft rated it it was amazing
This is one of my favourite books.

To explain why, is difficult. First thing, I read it at least once a year, just because I enjoy it, and because it is a banquet for a hobby military historian.

Theoretically a part of David Drakes "General" series, but written by S.M. Stirling, it seems to belong to that series, but in reality it is nothing less but a Par Force Ride through military history from 1880 to 1936. Each section of the book is loosely based on factual happenings in the timespan I descr
Dec 03, 2013 Alex rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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My issue with this book is that while the Bellevue part of the cycle pulled very little punches with Byzantine politicking and the hellishness of war, here we get WWII (with some WWI-like elements) all prettified, whitewashed and glorified.

One would think that fighting a regime that is much worse than Nazi Germany is enough of a moral high ground... But apparently not. Good guys need to be purity Sues with guns. So, most of the situations where the Allies weren't exactly knights in shining armo
In this book, action moves to a different world.

Raj is dead, yet an electronic copy of him and Center are helping other worlds join the new federation.

In this book, two step brothers become Center's agents on their world. The story covers 3 decades of their struggle to keep one of the planet's civilizationconqueringiing the world and beyond (so Center projects).

Reminded me very much of WWI & WWII like action and battles (startsdirigiblesgables and ends with aircraft carries for example)
Sep 28, 2016 Scott rated it it was amazing
This is a fine installment in a very good series. Unlike the first 5 books, this one moves to a new world, and new cast of excellent characters. Just as with those books, it's a stretch to call it science fiction. Just a thin veneer, which ties things together. But it's very well written, and full of adventure and struggle. Well paced, and covers decades of war. Good guys and bad guys. It's a pleasure to read, and I'm sure the next installment will be as well.
Apr 09, 2013 Bill rated it really liked it
An interesting mix of Raj and Center (from the first five books in the series) with Draka-like villains and late 19th and early 20th century technologies among the combatants. Raj and Center are trying to unite the planet but are careful as to who they assist.
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Stephen Michael Stirling is a French-born Canadian-American science fiction and fantasy author. Stirling is probably best known for his Draka series of alternate history novels and the more recent time travel/alternate history Nantucket series and Emberverse series.

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I’m a writer by trade, born in France but Canadian by origin and American by naturalizat
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