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The Sword (Raj Whitehall #5)

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For five years Raj Whitehall has led his men across the face of the planet Bellevue. With saber and bayonet he has conquered one barbarian nation after another. Now his greatest enemy is his own overlord, Barholm Clerett, who's so paranoid of Raj's victories that he is reduced to only one thought: Raj Whitehall must die.
Mass Market, 352 pages
Published February 1st 1995 by Baen
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The human galactic federation is in ruins, and the worlds have devolved to various levels of barbarism. On the planet Bellevue, which is at about the early nineteenth century in development, a young officer named Raj Whitehall and his friend venture into the catacombs under the capital. There, they find an ancient battlecomputer named Center. With Center’s help, Raj must unite the planet and enable humanity to retake the stars. The story is at least somewhat based on that of the Byzatine general ...more
Feb 14, 2012 Mike rated it 3 of 5 stars
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I was looking for something uncomplicated and this definitely was. Unfortunately it went beyond uncomplicated and entered into boring. Several hundred years after the fall of the Galactic Federation, the planet Bellvue has descended to a 17th-18th Century technology level and is divided by warring tribes. Unknown to everyone, a battle computer is still running underground waiting for someone that can unite the battle and begin rebuilding the Federation. Of course that someone appears and Raj Whi ...more
Laurie D'ghent
Made it two pages and the graphic violence made me laugh too much to continue
A satisfying end to the series. I think Stirling's choice for the last scene was in many ways a very good choice. But I admit to wanting just a little bit more. I would really liked to have seen (view spoiler).
The series is beginning to become tiresome to me. It's the same thing over and over and I am losing interest in the characters.
Good read - well thought out action sequences and battles
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Stephen Michael Stirling is a French-born Canadian-American science fiction and fantasy author. Stirling is probably best known for his Draka series of alternate history novels and the more recent time travel/alternate history Nantucket series and Emberverse series.

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