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Warlord (The General #1-2)

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Raj Whitehall was a young noble of the Civil Government, the last remnant of galactic civilization on the planet Bellevue, when he came across an ancient but still functioning Fleet Battle Computer named Center. With Center's vast fund of knowledge and strategic calculating abilities, Raj could defeat the barbarians threatening to engulf the Civil Government, and start Bel ...more
Hardcover, 567 pages
Published January 28th 2003 by Baen Books (first published January 1st 2003)
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David
Apr 16, 2016 David rated it it was amazing
Having just read the Belisarius series by Eric Flint and David Drake (and done a little research on the real general both series are based on), I found this book's take very different. Raj Whitehall is much more straightforward in his tactics and his wife is more colorful.
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
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Bill
Jan 13, 2013 Bill rated it really liked it
The Forge (1991) and The Hammer (1992) are the first two books of the series in this omnibus edition.
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
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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.

Nathan
Jul 11, 2012 Nathan rated it really liked it
David Drake and SM Stirling combine together to create some very readable military sci-fi/historic-like fiction that I found very enjoyable.

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.
Jeffrey Jelmeland
This one took me a couple of attempts to finish, and I read it primarily because of Stirling's name in the writing credits. David Drake is a name I always link with hard, military oriented science fiction, and this book (books?) shows his input quite clearly. I wish that more of Stirling's characterizations had come out in the book, but overall it was an enjoyable read. Now to get the next volume from the library.
Aaron Anderson
Mar 28, 2011 Aaron Anderson rated it liked it
This series might deserve more like a 4, but it got so tiresome. *OBSERVE* With the damned computer interrupting left and right with the flow to the main character viewpoint. That actually got less prevalent the farther you got into the series, but still, I wasn't left feeling it was nearly as good as most other stuff by Stirling.
Frank
A brilliant series because Drake's experience (as a tank commander in 'Nam) really shows in the detailed military engagements and tactics. The characters are basic, strong characters and the suspense and plot are really good.
Highly recommended for anyone who appreciates tactics and set piece engagements.
Greg
As good reading this omnibus of The Forge/The Hammer as when I read the books when they first came out. Good mix of politics, military and science fiction.

It's the reluctant hero, doing what he can in a crappy situation.
Steven
Aug 26, 2012 Steven rated it it was amazing
The first two in this series are great, I just wanted to comment on the phenomenally stupid cover that A) is taken from the prologue, and B) has no bearing on 97% of the book, which is set with (American) Civil War-era tech, not futuretech...
Stephen
Aug 07, 2012 Stephen rated it liked it
Warlord and Conqueror are an interesting pair of books. They're interesting to read, and the strategy and tactics of General Raj Whitehall seem very well thought out to my untrained eye. I enjoyed these books, and would recommend them to anyone who wanted an alternate war history.
Ford Prefect
Oct 05, 2016 Ford Prefect rated it it was ok
While I personally didn't enjoy it much, it is well written.
It is mostly battlefield operations and their details. Very little anything outside of the battles.
Oddmix
Aug 23, 2007 Oddmix rated it really liked it
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I loved this book. It is an omnibus edition of the first half of the Raj Whitehall books. An excellent exploration of the character traits and growth of a leader.
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David Drake is an American author of science fiction and fantasy literature. A Vietnam War veteran who has worked as a lawyer, he is now one of the major authors of the military science fiction genre.
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