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Preview — In Fury Born by David Weber
In Fury Born (Furies #1)
Alicia DeVries a girl who excels at many things, and being the granddaughter of an infamous marine, one of those things is combat. Her sense of Honor and duty are, unsurprisingly for a Weber character, pristine and incorruptible. And that's really what the core of the book...more
David Weber, the author of this book, has a basic plot device that he uses in many of his books. And even though he uses it a lot, to me, it never gets old. I like to call it the 'uh-oh, you done messed with the w...more
The action is where this book shine. I alwa...more
The negatives: I gave this book a three star rat...more
While Path of the Fury is a fun little book, this expanded version is horrible. Path of the Fury was written early in Weber’s career, when he was still writing hard hitting, fast moving, action packed military science fiction. Then he slowed down and became a word pooper. The new section is ponder...more
Bring a sketchpad with you because David Weber has a thing for names. I am confident in saying that there isn't a single chapter in this 828 MASSIVE book that doesn't introduce some new character by name. (often there are several) There is a nearly 30 page section in the back which is dedicated to the names of characters. Yes that is right... 30 pages of names. If...more
I enjoyed this book, but the jacket copy on this edition must've been lifted straight from the original book Path of the Fury, because it didn't indicate at all that this rewritten version added a prequel - 600 pages worth! - before the events in the description even take place. I enjoyed the extra reading, but was a bit put off by how long it took to get there, just because of my expectations of where the book was to begin.
Overall a very good book in the military sf/space opera genre....more
In Fury Born is a book in two parts. The first half of the book ("the new stuff") is a story of the rise of one Alicia DeVries, in an interstellar special-ops military unit. I've always loved Weber's space battle stuff, and this was no exception. I was grabbed right from the start, and it never let go.
The second half of the book ("the old stuff") is apparently a big rewrite of Weber's earlier "Path of the Fury". It's a big revenge trip with sentient AIs and a mysterious entity...more
"...all the verisimilitude of a technothriller... characterisations are strong and vivid..."- Publishers Weekly."Product Description
Imperial Intelligence couldn't find them, the Imperial Fleet couldn't catch them, and local defenses couldn't stop them. It seemed the planet-wrecking pirates were invincible. But they made a big mistake when they raided ex-commando leader Alicia DeVries' quiet home work, tortured and murdered her family, and then left her for dead. Alicia decided to turn
I got this book eight years ago from the Sci Fi Book Club. It was one of their monthly picks, and boy was it a doozy! In its 828 pages, David Weber captures fierce tactical ground combat, life in a military hierarchy, disillus...more
The part about the Fury is not that bad (some scenes were amusing, like the chess game between Alicia and Tisiphone) but the rest of the book is worse than bad, it's boring. It's bogged down by Alicia's dull perfection and a cast of two-dimensional characters. And the repetition... her father has the exact same conve...more
I certainly agree that the old and new stuff do not sit very well to...more
As an aspiring writer it was interesting for me to see how Weber developed the Honor Harrington universe out of this. They aren't the same but you can identify bits and piece...more
The initial sequence where Alicia joins the Marines and takes part in suppressing the minor rebellion on a rim colony world was an extremely slow read. For some reason it was...more
But they're still fun reads, anyway, so I went for it. And then started getting hooked on the plot of this story, which is really more like several short...more
I knew this book was a rewrite of an earlier book, with a prequel added to it. You can kind of feel that when you read it. I really enjoyed the first half, reading what amounted to the or...more
Our first notice of Alicia DeVries is when the military notices Alicia's extraordinary talents. Our first introduction to Alicia is when she enters the Imperial Marines following in the footsteps of her highly-revered grandfather. We fight with Alicia through the streets of Zhikotse on the planet of Gyangtse as the Marines struggle to rescue its government leaders from terrorists.
In Emperor's Sword...more
This novel stands out for several reasons. The best aspect is Weber's combination of several earlier stories into one novelization which, while thick, easily reads as one book....more
In this story Alicia has joined the Space Marines, a long family tradition, but she has skills. The story is broken into several books, each of which could stand alone as a novelette. But not until she leaves the service and retires to another planet with her family does a power awakens within her, and she is transformed. (...more
The second half is far stranger and much more fun. It's the enjoyable power-trip any wacky transhuman adventure should aspire to be. The classical mythology ingredient is questionable, but only because it isn't the alien cave slug we'd anticipate in science fiction. The quirky internal banter and rapidly unfolding intrigue and action and are all a product of David Weber enjoying himself. I recommend...more
I have no idea how I could have rated this even close to 4 stars - really it's more like 2. Decent action, yes, but character development is lacking and the episodic nature of the book weakens even the action a great deal. The worst, though, is the constant pro-milita...more
In Fury Born wasn't overly technical like the Honor Harrington series. Here he focuses a lot more attention of the characters, the story development and what he's best at: action. There's also non-human villains, unlike the Honor series, which I've always thought makes things a lot more exciting.
I usually don't waste time discussing the act...more
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
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She'd never guessed what she was creating, never imagined the monster she'd spawned. She'd seen the power of Alicia DeVries's mind without recognizing the controls which kept that power in check, and only now had she begun to understand fully what she had done.
She had shattered those controls. The compassion and mercy she'd feared no longer existed, only the red, ravening hunger. Yet terrible as that might be, there was worse. She'd found the hole Alicia had gnawed through the wall about her inner rage, and she couldn't close it. Somehow, without even realizing it was possible, Alicia had reached beyond herself. She'd followed Tisiphone's connection to the Fury's own rage, her own destruction, and made that incalculable power hers as well.
For the first time in millennia, Tisiphone faced another as powerful as herself, a mortal mind which had stolen the power of the Furies themselves, and that power had driven it mad.”