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An Oblique Approach by David Drake
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Aug 11, 2010

really liked it
Read in October, 1999

An Alternate History/SciFi/Sword&Sorcery adventure that is not West-centric. The hero happens to be the great captain of the Eastern Roman Empire, Belisarius of the time of Justinian in the Sixth Century A.D. The opponents representing both the old terrors of the "eastern hordes" and the alien influenced masses, the Malwa of northern India. Soon to be allies include a young prince of a Sudanic Nile kingdom and his two elite guardsmen and former Persian enemies. For me a perfect mix of historical but no longer recognized true characters and kingdoms and some nice details of the world they inhabit. It's kind of fun to see Procopius an historian of the era, and one who influenced very very strongly Gibbon's and Robert Graves view of that time, as a snooty gossip!
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