In the Heart of Darkness (Belisarius #2)
Two quibbles, one technical and one philosophic. First, Flint and Drake's paragraphing is so disjointed that the reader often has to stop and re-read portions just to figure out who said what to whom. That knocks the reader out of the spell of the story.
Second, Even if "Aide" provides infallible information ...more
As with the first book, the characters are slightly over-the-top and without many shades of gray. However, there were a couple missteps here and there on the part of the good guys, as opposed to the first book where everything always went exactly as pla ...more
Going through a lot right now so I'm glad that I read this. I was reading it while I was waiting for my Dad to call (never had talked to him before) and reading about people overcoming the insupportable and different kinds of people figuring out that they're all still *people* was really helpful.
HUMAN EVIL DIRECTED BY AN INTELLIGENCE FROM BEYOND TIMEThe Malwa Empire, using gunpowder weapons and ruthless terror, has conquered 6th century India and is forging the subcontinent's vast population into an invincible weapon of tyranny. The supermind that commands the Malwa intends first to rule the world and then to set its inexorable stamp over all eternity. No action is too bestial for the supermind to order, nor for its Malwa lackeys to execute.Belisarius, the finest general of his or any a...more
The Constantinople sections are just more interesting because they reveal things that I don't already know, plus Antonina gets to be a ...more
An Oblique Approach
In The Hear ...more
Well paced with good character development (I especially enjoyed the "Dawaz" Ousannas), local flavor, and plenty of Flint's trademark wry humor. D ...more
Average SF with a military bent. I'll probably still finish the series though b/c the storyline is interesting enough.
insta-summary: a talisman from the future is changing the course of Roman, Persian & Indian history.
This book has some of my favorite scenes in the series.
Most favorite part is the chase sequence, which takes several chapters, and shows cleverness rather than smash-ups. Excess snark is a bonus.