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In Fury Born (Furies #1)

4.2 of 5 stars 4.20  ·  rating details  ·  3,981 ratings  ·  101 reviews
Vengeance is a dish served red hot!
From the time she graduated form high school, Alicia DeVries knew what she wanted to do with her life, and she did it well. Onplanets like Gyangtse, Chengchou, Fuller, and Louvain, she's put her life on the line in defense of her Empire and Emperor again and again. She's given her blood, and the lives of men and women closer to her than b
Paperback, 864 pages
Published July 31st 2007 by Baen (first published December 20th 1992)
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Shaun Thomas
Having recently finished the excellent Honor Harrington series, I decided it was high time to peruse David Weber's backlog of other titles. The war-related books didn't really interest me, but In Fury Born snared my attention.

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
"Combat isn't about 'fair', Alley. Combat is about shooting the other guy in the back before he shoots you -- or one of your buddies -- in the back. You aren't some hero out of a holo-drama, and you're not out there on some field of honor; you're on a killing ground. Never forget that."

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
Jean-francois Morel
Wow! This is the best SciFi I've read in a very long time! I think that the last time was Ender's game. I might have to re-read Ender's game to compare which one is the best... SciFi appeals to the little boy inside you to identify with the main character (even if it's a woman in this case) and here, it is damn good for the ego. She (Alicia) starts from being the best in school, then in the marine, then ... She grows so much and so fast: it feels good.

The action is where this book shine. I alwa
Coucher de soleil
In general, this was a truly gripping story of adventure and revenge. So gripping, in fact, that I was at times cursing the efficiency of public transportation in my town which required me to put the damn thing down before I was ready!! Having read many of his other books including his Honor Harrington series, I would say that David Weber is one of the best at creating a true edge-of-your-seat adventure story -and this is certainly one of his best!

The negatives: I gave this book a three star rat
This is more or less an expanded version of Path of the Fury, with what can be considered a prequel to the original added at the start of the book. This fills out elements hinted at in Path of the Fury.

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
Chris Dickey
Many other reviewers on this site have noted that this book was written at two different times. The “old stuff” was published as the novel “Path of the Fury”, and 450 pages of “new stuff” was added years later at the beginning to remake it into “In Fury Born”. Several reviewers here have commented that the two halves do not fit very well together. Most of these have been fans of the original book and don’t like the “new stuff”.
I certainly agree that the old and new stuff do not sit very well to
"Oh, horsefeathers!" Direct quote from the AI entity birthed some 900 years into our future which is touted on the book's cover read.

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
Wilson E. Stevens Sr.
I first read this as a paperback, and liked it so much, I ordered a first edition hard cover edition. I have since read it at least five times. It starts with a young woman highly motivated, wanting to join the military like her grandfather, one of the only living holders of a specific award for bravery and command intelligence. At her graduation from college, she went into the service, and found it very rewarding and challenging. Those around her were impressed with her thinking things through, ...more
This is a reworked and massively expanded version of Path of the Fury, which was one of my favorite Weber books. Essentially adds a prequel to the existing title, unfortunately, Weber was unwilling to do much of a rewrite of the previous material. Whereas the original book jumped straight into a rather serious bit of action, spinning out a rather nice mystery as to just who and what Alicia DeVries was and why she was so amazingly badass, this rewrite gives a much slower paced start. The new mate ...more
3.5 stars
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.
Steven Cole
Pure Awesomesauce.

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
Simply amazing! I've read a lot and a I work in a library so I have access to literally thousands but this blew me away. I was two thirds of the way through and had already decided I was going to read it again. I read it for the second time 4 weeks later and the thrid time 3 months after that. Plent of reviews on-line, a couple of them even insightful, I just wanted to share my enthusiasm. Was surprised to discover I rarely like other Weber's. I have, in fact, put down five because they didn't e ...more

"...all the verisimilitude of a technothriller... characterisations are strong and vivid..."- Publishers Weekly."

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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

Jack Tyler
According to Science Fiction Age, "The spirit of Star Wars melds with the heart of Horatio Hornblower." Booklist called it "Star Wars as it might have been written by C.S. Forester." And Starlog declared, "Old fashioned space opera is alive and well." I most heartily agree.

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
I like military sci-fi and I've enjoyed in the past other books by Weber. I was in the mood for a fun adventure in space and I wanted to like this book. But I really, really didn't.

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
I'm going to be waiting a while for the sequel huh....esp when he's not even done with Safehold or Harrington yet.

*sigh* Well it was nice discovering "new to me" Weberverses.
Scott Holstad
Man, I love David Weber's books! He really knows how to write action packed sci fi novels. I admire and enjoy that.

In Fury Born has a 4.19 out of a 5.0 rating on Goodreads, which is pretty darn good, but you'd never realize it by looking at the most recent reviews, many of which are pretty savage. Apparently it's because this book is based on an earlier book he wrote which contains the second half of this book. What he did with this book was write a 450 page prequel to turn it into a near-900 pa
Adrian Roberts
I'm a solid David Weber fan, having read the entire Honor Harrington series and this one didn't disappoint. I'd recommend going for the full In Fury Born with its additional prequal rather than the original Path of Fury. The prequel adds quite a bit to the story and I think Path of Fury is better with it rather than without.

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
Dear David, I'm sorry, man, but I think we need to end this thing between us. You are a great writer, but that's only because you've written the exact same book 25 times. I can't tell the difference between the Honor books, the Starfire books, the Bug books, or whatever this one is. You change the names, move around some star systems, invent a few new alien species, but pretty much reproduce the same exact story over and over and over again. I just can't read another 9 point font 1,000 page over ...more
Truly Gripping from beginning to end.
Derek Weese
This was one of the very first 'modern' science fiction books I read when I was a younger lad, not long after it first came out in print. I remember loving 'Path of the Fury' so when I heard, many years later that it had been re-written, I decided to give it a shot. Overall, despite one mis-step, I was pleasantly surprised.
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
Joshua Zucker
At first I couldn't believe I was wasting my time reading yet another David Weber book. He invented one pretty interesting character in Honor Harrington, and the rest of his characters seem to be paper-thin cutouts or way-too-close replicas of her, and this story's protagonist was if anything an even more unrealistic, idealized version of Honor.

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
In Fury Born was kind of a strange book, that I enjoyed very much. I've read a lot of military based SciFi books over the last 35 years, or so, and I've read a bunch by David Weber, including every book in his Honor Harrington series, and I have always wanted to read this book, and finally just got around to it.

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
Kathy Davie
In Fury Born seems to be the whole series in one especially at 838 pages with tiny print!

The Story
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
Strap yourself in when you open this book, because it is quite the ride. Alicia DeVries, though not Honor Harrington, is an equal in her own right. Through the glimpses of her growing up, and then the significant events of her military career which led her to the Cadre, she is revealed as a quite complex character, as well as a devastatingly effective warrior. Through situation after situation you see her not only survive, but overcome. Yet, the realistic side of this survival is portrayed as we ...more
In Fury Born is a typical David Weber book, through and through: female heroine, great action, space opera, cutting edge technology, characters both honorable and slimy. That being said, it's going to draw inevitable comparisons with Weber's more widely read Honor Harrington series due to obvious similarities in structure.

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.
"In Fury Born" is another David Weber, novel, a mixture of fantasy and science fiction... mostly SciFi. I believe this book came out of a short story, and Weber did it right.

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. (
In Fury Born is potentially two good books. Ideally, they wouldn't be stitched together like this.

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
Sebastian Mordziol
I would have given 5 stars if not for the lengthy description extravaganzas. At some point the heroine entered a room with two people in it, the presence of one of which was surprising to her. Followed two lengthy pages to describe the first person, with political background and the like, before finally getting to the surprise itself.

Towards the end, when most of the background had been sufficiently woven, the book got a lot better by focusing more on the action itself.
The tale/series begins in the middle of the thirtieth century. Alicia Dierdre DeVries is only fourteen-years-old when the military took an interest in her. Very few teens pop the test filters. Even fewer complete schooling shortly thereafter. Her psych evaluations are already astronomical. Age fifteen finds her in college. Before most people graduate high school, Alicia has finished college and entered the Marine Corps. Camp Mackenzie, the most grueling training ground where Marines are almost t ...more
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“Tisiphone stood silent and helpless in Alicia's mind. It was all she could do to keep Alicia's blind savagery from dragging Megaira under and clouding the lightning-fast reflexes which kept them both alive.
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.”
“How you doing, Helena?" she asked quietly.

"Not so good, Alley." The wounded trooper's voice was harsh, strained, despite all the painkillers in her pharmacope could do. The plasma bolt which had knocked out her armor hadn't killed her outright, but she'd lost her left leg just below the hip, and the entire left side of her armor was a smoking ruin. Her battle rifle had been destroyed, and her vital signs flickered unsteadily on Alicia's monitors. Alicia looked up at Tanis' face through the visor of her armor, and her wing shook her head silently.

"We -" Alicia began, but Chu cut her off.

"I already figured it out, Alley," she said.

"I figured you had," Alicia said softly, and laid her armored hand on Chu's right shoulder. She knelt there for a few silent heartbeats, then straightened her spine.

"You guys need to get moving," Chu said. She reached down and drew her sidearm-a CHK three-millimeter, identical to the one Alicia normally carried. "I'll just wait here with Bill," the crippled corporal said, nodding to where her wingman had already died.

Alicia gazed down at her, longing for something-anything-to say. Some comforting lie, like "I'm sure the bad guys will be too busy concentrating on us to send in a follow-up sweep," or "Hang on, and we'll get a med team out here as soon as we've polished off Green Haven." But Chu knew the odds as well as Alicia did, and she could read her own life sign monitors. She knew how little time she had left unless the med team arrived almost instantly, that only her pharmacope and augmentation were keeping her alive even now, and Alicia owed her people something better than a lie.

"God bless, Helena," she said, very quietly, instead, then turned to lead the fifty-eight surviving effectives of Charlie Company, Third Battalion, Second Regiment, Fifth Brigade, Imperial Cadre back into motion.”
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