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The Stars at War II (Starfire #1,4)

4.07 of 5 stars 4.07  ·  rating details  ·  523 ratings  ·  7 reviews
Super-Size Your Science Fiction Adventure Sales! Two Complete Novels, One a New York Times Best Seller, in One Huge Volume, Co-Authored by the Creator of Honor Harrington. Contains Insurrection and The Shiva Option.

The war wasn't going well. The alien Arachnids were an enemy whose like no civilized race had ever confronted. Like some carnivorous cancer, the "Bugs"
Hardcover, 1044 pages
Published July 1st 2005 by Baen
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The war wasn't going well. The alien Arachnids were an enemy whose like no civilized race had ever confronted. Like some carnivorous cancer, the "Bugs" had overrun planet after planet . . . and they regarded any competing sentient species as only one more protein source. Defeat was not an option. . . . The Grand Alliance of Humans, Orions, Ophiuchi, and Gorm, united in desperate self-defense, have been driven to the wall. Billions of their civilians have been slaughtered. Th

If anyone has ever doubted Webber's (and apparently White's) mastery of military science fiction, then this novel (as well as it's predecessor Stars at War) should prove them wrong. Stars at War II is actually two novels in one, The Shiva Option and Insurrection.

The Shiva Option picks up where In Death Ground (the second novel in Stars at War) leaves off, the Grand Alliance and the Bugs at a standoff, both licking wounds and trying to regroup. It is intense, unrelenting, and filled with incredib
The first of these books continues the Bug war from where it left on in on deadly ground. I'd have grumbled about that except I picked up both Stars at war mega books and I didn't have to go hunting around to get the 2nd half of the war. Lesson 1, be prepared ;)

We're launched back into the cauldron of war against the implacable bugs but it's quickly aparent that the plucky humans are going to get the upperhand. That is the real shame of this book. It's a good entertaining space opera with your f
Not a bad collection... I mean it's Weber and White! But I'm not really sure the two books meshed well. It might of been better to have all the Bug wars books in one collection, together. The two in this one were related by universe and some characters, but not beyond that.

Also I had a minor gripe about some of the formatting in the second book. The intra-chapter sections were not clear, so you'd jump plot lines without any indication, break, etc. That was a little jarring.

Still that said, this
The Stars at War II is somewhat bland and formulaic, but on a cold night, that's exactly what I'm after. Characterization reads more as iconography than normal, but Weber and White do an outstanding job of blending their styles.
The first three quartes of the book are strictly a continuation of the end of The Stars at War. They are dreck. The final quarter, an independent story, is much, much better.
Troy G
I'm not sure that this grouping makes sense. But both books on their own are 5 stars, so the combination of the two deserves 5 stars.
Melissa Stewart
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David Mark Weber is an American science fiction and fantasy author. He was born in Cleveland, Ohio in 1952.

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Other Books in the Series

Starfire (6 books)
  • Insurrection (Starfire, #1)
  • Crusade (Starfire, #2)
  • In Death Ground (Starfire, #3)
  • The Shiva Option (Starfire, #4)
  • Exodus (Starfire, #5)
  • Extremis (Starfire, #6)
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