In Fury Born (Furies #1)
Alicia DeVries a girl who excels at many things, and being the granddaughter of an infamous marine, one of those things is combat. Her sense of Honor and duty are, unsurprisingly for a Weber character, pristine and incorruptible. And that's really what the core of the book ...more
David Weber, the author of this book, has a basic plot device that he uses in many of his books. And even though he uses it a lot, to me, it never gets old. I like to call it the 'uh-oh, you done messed with the w ...more
I certainly agree that the old and new stuff do not sit very well to ...more
The action is where this book shine. I alwa ...more
While Path of the Fury is a fun little book, this expanded version is horrible. Path of the Fury was written early in Weber’s career, when he was still writing hard hitting, fast moving, action packed military science fiction. Then he slowed down and became a word pooper. The new section is ponder ...more
Bring a sketchpad with you because David Weber has a thing for names. I am confident in saying that there isn't a single chapter in this 828 MASSIVE book that doesn't introduce some new character by name. (often there are several) There is a nearly 30 page section in the back which is dedicated to the names of characters. Yes that is right... 30 pages of names. If ...more
The negatives: I gave this book a three star rat ...more
In Fury Born has a 4.19 out of a 5.0 rating on Goodreads, which is pretty darn good, but you'd never realize it by looking at the most recent reviews, many of which are pretty savage. Apparently it's because this book is based on an earlier book he wrote which contains the second half of this book. What he did with this book was write a 450 page prequel to turn it into a near-900 pa ...more
The part about the Fury is not that bad (some scenes were amusing, like the chess game between Alicia and Tisiphone) but the rest of the book is worse than bad, it's boring. It's bogged down by Alicia's dull perfection and a cast of two-dimensional characters. And the repetition... her father has the exact same conve ...more
In Fury Born is a book in two parts. The first half of the book ("the new stuff") is a story of the rise of one Alicia DeVries, in an interstellar special-ops military unit. I've always loved Weber's space battle stuff, and this was no exception. I was grabbed right from the start, and it never let go.
The second half of the book ("the old stuff") is apparently a big rewrite of Weber's earlier "Path of the Fury". It's a big revenge trip with sentient AIs and a mysterious entity ...more
I enjoyed this book, but the jacket copy on this edition must've been lifted straight from the original book Path of the Fury, because it didn't indicate at all that this rewritten version added a prequel - 600 pages worth! - before the events in the description even take place. I enjoyed the extra reading, but was a bit put off by how long it took to get there, just because of my expectations of where the book was to begin.
Overall a very good book in the military sf/space opera genre. ...more
My problem with the author is that; the lack of character depth, combined with the unoriginality of the weak plot, killed any interest for me to try another of his books. I vaguely remember throwing a ...more
Do note that "Book 2" isn't. It's an earlier version of this book.
Our first notice of Alicia DeVries is when the military notices Alicia's extraordinary talents. Our first introduction to Alicia is when she enters the Imperial Marines following in the footsteps of her highly-revered grandfather. We fight with Alicia through the streets of Zhikotse on the planet of Gyangtse as the Marines struggle to rescue its government leaders from terrorists.
In Emperor's Sword ...more
I got this book eight years ago from the Sci Fi Book Club. It was one of their monthly picks, and boy was it a doozy! In its 828 pages, David Weber captures fierce tactical ground combat, life in a military hierarchy, disillus ...more
"...all the verisimilitude of a technothriller... characterisations are strong and vivid..."- Publishers Weekly."Product Description
Imperial Intelligence couldn't find them, the Imperial Fleet couldn't catch them, and local defenses couldn't stop them. It seemed the planet-wrecking pirates were invincible. But they made a big mistake when they raided ex-commando leader Alicia DeVries' quiet home work, tortured and murdered her family, and then left her for dead. Alicia decided to turn
Many of his stories have military, particularly naval, themes, and fit into the military science fiction genre. He frequently places female leading characters in what have been traditionally male roles.
One of his most popular and enduring characters is Honor Harrington whose alliterated name ...more
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She'd never guessed what she was creating, never imagined the monster she'd spawned. She'd seen the power of Alicia DeVries's mind without recognizing the controls which kept that power in check, and only now had she begun to understand fully what she had done.
She had shattered those controls. The compassion and mercy she'd feared no longer existed, only the red, ravening hunger. Yet terrible as that might be, there was worse. She'd found the hole Alicia had gnawed through the wall about her inner rage, and she couldn't close it. Somehow, without even realizing it was possible, Alicia had reached beyond herself. She'd followed Tisiphone's connection to the Fury's own rage, her own destruction, and made that incalculable power hers as well.
For the first time in millennia, Tisiphone faced another as powerful as herself, a mortal mind which had stolen the power of the Furies themselves, and that power had driven it mad.”
"Not so good, Alley." The wounded trooper's voice was harsh, strained, despite all the painkillers in her pharmacope could do. The plasma bolt which had knocked out her armor hadn't killed her outright, but she'd lost her left leg just below the hip, and the entire left side of her armor was a smoking ruin. Her battle rifle had been destroyed, and her vital signs flickered unsteadily on Alicia's monitors. Alicia looked up at Tanis' face through the visor of her armor, and her wing shook her head silently.
"We -" Alicia began, but Chu cut her off.
"I already figured it out, Alley," she said.
"I figured you had," Alicia said softly, and laid her armored hand on Chu's right shoulder. She knelt there for a few silent heartbeats, then straightened her spine.
"You guys need to get moving," Chu said. She reached down and drew her sidearm-a CHK three-millimeter, identical to the one Alicia normally carried. "I'll just wait here with Bill," the crippled corporal said, nodding to where her wingman had already died.
Alicia gazed down at her, longing for something-anything-to say. Some comforting lie, like "I'm sure the bad guys will be too busy concentrating on us to send in a follow-up sweep," or "Hang on, and we'll get a med team out here as soon as we've polished off Green Haven." But Chu knew the odds as well as Alicia did, and she could read her own life sign monitors. She knew how little time she had left unless the med team arrived almost instantly, that only her pharmacope and augmentation were keeping her alive even now, and Alicia owed her people something better than a lie.
"God bless, Helena," she said, very quietly, instead, then turned to lead the fifty-eight surviving effectives of Charlie Company, Third Battalion, Second Regiment, Fifth Brigade, Imperial Cadre back into motion.”