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Destiny's Shield (Belisarius #3)

4.14  ·  Rating Details ·  1,766 Ratings  ·  30 Reviews
Eric Flint and David Drake's alt-history epic devoted to real-life Byzantine butt-kicker Belisarius has reached part three--Destiny's Shield--and this installment finally busts loose with some serious head-to-head. Everybody's favorite general is leading an outnumbered Roman-Persian force to check Malwa aggression in the east, forced to action by the fiends' sea-borne inva ...more
Paperback, 568 pages
Published June 26th 2001 by Baen Books (first published 1999)
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May 03, 2014 YouKneeK rated it really liked it
This was yet another enjoyable book in the Belisarius series. I like how each book tells a complete story, with a sense of victory at the end, even while you know that the over-all story isn’t done yet. I really don’t have much to write by way of a review, because the same things I noted in my reviews of the previous two books are still true about this book – great humor, interesting plot, and surprisingly (for me) enjoyable-to-read military strategizing.

I liked the turn that the plot took at th
Nicholas Whyte[return][return]Someohow or other I picked this up electronically under the impression that it was the first in a series, and I could read it and decide if I liked the others. In fact it's the third in a series of alternative history novels where the sixth century AD Byzantine general Belisarius, with computer sidekick, battles against an Indian dynasty who have been supplied with gunpowder by allies from the far future.[return][return]I won't bother with th ...more
Mar 02, 2014 Jim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition Review

Eric Flint and David Drake's alt-history epic devoted to real-life Byzantine butt-kicker Belisarius has reached part three--_Destiny's Shield_--and this installment finally busts loose with some serious head-to-head. Everybody's favorite general is leading an outnumbered Roman-Persian force to check Malwa aggression in the east, forced to action by the fiends' sea-borne invasion of the Tigris-Euphrates delta and their subsequent siege of Babylon. For those unfamiliar with the

Nov 26, 2013 Ron rated it really liked it
3.5 stars. Not quite to the same height as the previous books. Perhaps the problem is that insufficient time has passed since reading the preceding book to build sufficient anticipation.

Previous quibbles about paragraphing and the butter fly effect of changing histories applies.

Still, a very good and enjoyable read.
Kathy Davie
Feb 24, 2011 Kathy Davie rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi, military, action
The third in the miltary sci-fi series, Belisarius, Destiny's Shield takes place several months after the coup attempt in Constantinople has failed and opens with the new, young Emperor receiving the Persian ambassador. Turns out, the Malwa have invaded Persia and the Persians are asking for a Roman alliance.

Unfortunately, Egypt's fomenting unrest and it must be subdued while, in Europe, all the border troops are needed so the Persians will just have to be content with a few thousand
Apr 30, 2011 Andreas rated it liked it
Military SciFi/Alternate history in which an evil empire appears in India in the fifth century. Famous historical general Belisarius receives a warning from the future and must counter the threat. This series goes deeper into philosophical and poetical tangents than similar works. Eric Flint’s classic wry humour pervades the prose. The books can almost be read as historical novels and contain quite a few interesting tidbits about the period. The series consist of:

An Oblique Approach
In The Hear
Jul 04, 2013 Gunn rated it liked it
This book is a marked improvement over books 1 & 2. While some series tend to devolve into "paycheck books" as the author tries to crank out the last remaining volumes, this book series seems to improve as the set pieces are put in the place and the story truly begins.

My only two complaints -- why I didn't give this book a 5 like in two areas:
1) the character development plays a secondary fiddle to "moving the story along." In the first two books, all the other characters besides Besilarius
Sep 14, 2012 Nathan rated it really liked it
This review applies to all of the books in the Belisarius series by Eric Flint and David Drake. I read them all quickly, in a row, and there’s honestly not a whole lot of difference in the elements that make them good books. You get the best mix of David Drake’s detailed outlines, sense of pacing, action sequences, and depth of historical knowledge with Eric Flint’s ability to manage description and nuances of character that Drake isn’t quite as good at. The series is an interesting twist on his ...more
Jeremy Preacher
May 20, 2015 Jeremy Preacher rated it liked it
Destiny's Shield is a straight-up military campaign novel, and quite a readable one. The three subplots are different enough to be refreshing, and each is logical and easy to follow. The banter remains delightful. I wince a little at the excess of modern jargon, literary references, and language that get introduced - even though there's a in-character reason for it, it still shatters any pretense of historicity in the characterizations - but it certainly makes for fast, comprehensible reading.

Sep 09, 2012 Eldo rated it liked it
What make this book different from others is that we will never get a feeling that it is a story but it is an incident that happened in ancient time. And another thing that came to my notice is the hard work that the authors had made. They have described different culture and the living style of the peoples of different countries and the should have taken a good time to study all these. A problem that i find with this book is the number of characters in this book. Some times we feel it is very h ...more
James Willey
Jan 28, 2016 James Willey rated it liked it
Good sequil to "In the Heart of Darkness". Although the nasty Malwa didn't get the butkicking I thought they should.
Gail Morris
Aug 24, 2015 Gail Morris rated it really liked it
I haven't read the first 2 books in this series but I emensely enjoyed this story as is. A good stand alone book.
May 21, 2016 Katie rated it it was amazing
A great read.

I love the characters and how they develop over the series!
Georgina Brandt
Mar 18, 2015 Georgina Brandt rated it really liked it
very exciting, lots of action. Great wartime book!
Coyora Dokusho
Read at least (3) times

I really like it a lot, not as much as the first two books, but I'm still really fond of it. I took my midterm and started doing a little of my late homework, but I'm still all anxious and insane and reading about people making a difference in their world is actually really helpful. (Also my dad was actually glad to talk to me, when I finally got through, so I cried during the phone call and and feel happy and relieved). It's always the books that get me through stuff.
Oct 15, 2008 Richard rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
This book was a joy to read. Many interesting characters and for the most part everything seems to be on the upside. All the main characters didn't die.

It will be a sad day when the authors decide to kill off any of the main, sub-main characters that have spanned more than one book.

Can't wait to read the next one in the series.
Barbara Ghylin
Nov 05, 2012 Barbara Ghylin rated it really liked it
I started this one late this afternoon. Let's see where it leads me.
What a story! These are books I am really enjoying and looking forward to. If you like miltary fiction, you will like this one.
Scott Rachui
Apr 20, 2011 Scott Rachui rated it it was amazing
The Belisarius series by Drake and Flint is perhaps one of the greatest sci-fi/alternative history series of all time. Utterly amazing stuff!
Jun 23, 2012 Ian rated it liked it
One more read, they seem to be getting better. The bad guys are now being challenged and even defeated. The good guys are doing well.
Jul 02, 2012 Brian rated it it was amazing
Incredible story. This gives me a lot of ideas for stories of my own. Alternative Rome History.
Ralph McEwen
Jun 14, 2009 Ralph McEwen rated it liked it
Read as an ebook. A free download from \\ Baen Free Library.
Enjoyed this one the best of the first three, so far. A solid 4.5 stars. Great series!
May 14, 2009 George rated it liked it
Shelves: science-fiction, book
Easy, enjoyable read.
Don't read it first since it is #3 in the Belisarius series.
Mickey Schulz
Dec 22, 2009 Mickey Schulz rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sf-fantasy
Book three and still going strong. I can't recommend this series enough.
Start with the first in the series, An Oblique Approach.
George Riggs
I enjoyed these series of books with a mix of the Roman Era and scifi
May 23, 2013 Paul rated it it was amazing
Another great book in the series.
Aug 11, 2012 Sean rated it liked it
See the review of an oblique approach
Jul 18, 2016 Nate rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: antiquity, owned
Review to come.
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Eric Flint is a New York Times bestselling American author, editor, and e-publisher. The majority of his main works are alternate history science fiction, but he also writes humorous fantasy adventures.
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Other Books in the Series

Belisarius (6 books)
  • An Oblique Approach (Belisarius, #1)
  • In the Heart of Darkness (Belisarius, #2)
  • Fortune's Stroke (Belisarius, #4)
  • The Tide of Victory (Belisarius, #5)
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