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Belisarius I: Thunder at Dawn (Belisaurius, #1-2)

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Two complete novels in one volume—the beginning of the Belisarius saga.


An Oblique Approach: In northern India the Malwa have created an empire of unexampled evil. Guided or possessed by an intelligence from beyond time, with new weapons, old treachery, and an implacable will to power, the Malwa will sweep over the whole Earth. Only three things stand
Hardcover, 784 pages
Published September 2nd 2008 by Baen (first published September 1st 2008)
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Coyora Dokusho
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Helped me to get through some hard times! Reading about people being victorious over the insupportable gave me hope that my own life would go okay as well. (also there were lol's) Thanks Eric Flint and David Drake!!
Kathy Davie
Whoa...An Oblique Approach is the first in the Belisarius series, a somewhat paranormal historical fiction series. Somewhat paranormal as the entire story revolves around a "live" crystal which shows the future to anyone who holds it. Set in Constantinople in 528 in the reign of the Emperor Justinian with his Empress Theodora, the crystal, it appears, has been seeking General Belisarius, a soldier who is not a warrior. A man of compassion and intelligence who can change the future and defeat the ...more
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This book was read by Science teacher David Cochrane as part of the Six Book Challenge - here is his review:

"I was prompted to re-read this by reading the previous book. This is an Science Fiction/Time travel story where Belisarius becomes part of an alternative history in a war between time-travelling factions. It's a clear alternative history, very funny, and tells you much more about Belisarius the man than the previous biography. This is the first of three compilation volumes."
Glen Robinson
I picked this book up at a local library while visiting my daughter. I read the first chapter before I had to leave it, and afterward sought it out to complete the story. The premise is one of alternate history, using real historical characters from the Byzantine Empire. Belisarius was a real general, considered by some one of the greatest military geniuses of all time. In this book, he is given a gem which allows him to communicate with a being from the future who tells him of a great evil empi ...more
This book was a joy to read. The characters were rather predictable, but the intrigue and the way the story was told was good.

I like how the series is about Rome and India. Don't know much about the Indian culture or history. I just hope that I don't get my facts wrong when talking to Indians. =P

Can't wait to continue to read more of this series.
Dan Meierotto
A great concept! It was a mix of sci-fi and history. It helped that I am a fan of the real Belisarius so reading this tale of his exploits was a lot of fun. Nice plot with lot's of detail and entertaining characters. If you are a fan of history then you'll enjoy this!
Kenneth Flusche
Little long winded, with repeat information as if originally written as stand alone short stories. Really injoyed and will continue the series
well researched and intriguing 'what-if' of Roman Empire vs. Malwa Empire (e.g. Western civilization vs. Eastern) circa 300AD
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I read the Belisarius's books awhile ago. Now that they are out in a couple of omnibus editions, I plan to re-read them.
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Eric Flint is a New York Times bestselling American author, editor, and e-publisher. The majority of his main works are alternate history science fiction, but he also writes humorous fantasy adventures.
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