Warlord (The General #1-2)
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The Warlord contains what was originally published as two books, and they tell a tale of a smart and charismatic general who fight against overwhelming odds to save and expand the empire he loves and faithfully serves one of t ...more
The historical partnership of Belisarius and Justinian appears to be the foundation for the series, a taste of Rome/Byzantium with a hint of British Raj. Human civilization has regressed to Byzantine politics and society with 17th century military technology. Warlord describes Raj Whitehall's first two military campaigns to establish the Civil Government's hegemony on Bellevue with the aid of an ...more
The Governor, to whom Raj Whitehall has sworn absolute loyalty, nourishes a paranoid envy and mistrust that grows with every victory. Can even a battle computer of the Galactic Age be enough to counter the fury of Raj's enemies - and the treachery of his "friends"?
--- My notes
Omnibus version of the General series, volumes 1 & 2.
The downsides of this two book omnibus are really only in the depth of the characters. While typical of the genre and the authors, it actually helps keep the story moving quickly from action to action.
If you like military fiction, this is a great start to a great series.
Highly recommended for anyone who appreciates tactics and set piece engagements.
It's the reluctant hero, doing what he can in a crappy situation.