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Hope Reborn (The General #1-2)

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Contains Raj Whitehall series opening novels The Forge and The Hammer together in one volume.

A young hero overcomes implacable foes to lead a planet fallen into a dark age back to the high point of its lost technological civilization.

Raj Whitehall was a young noble of the Civil Government, the last remnant of galactic civilization on the planet Bellevue, when he came acros
Paperback, Omnibus, 592 pages
Published March 5th 2013 by Baen (first published February 14th 2013)
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Sep 11, 2015 rated it liked it
Interesting take on an expy of Belisarius. I love the image of the dog cavalry, but I wonder if Stirling really thought through the implications of the tech level chosen for the setting. Cased ammo breechloaders are going to swing the power to infantry eventually, no matter what the cavalry is riding, I'm hoping that starts showing up in the later books or I'll be very disappointed. In fact, the dominance of the cavalry seems to be purely a construct of the social setting and the way infantry is ...more
Howard Anders
Nov 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
This is the third iteration of this that I've read, which is the first two books in "The General" series. I keep coming back to them for a reason: they're darn good military science fiction. The main character is based on the historical Byzantine General Belisarius, and the plot of the five novels in the series loosely follows his life and career, albeit in a futuristic way. Very enjoyable, and highly recommended.
Barbara Ghylin
I finished the first half last night. I will come back to it in a few days. I find the idea of riding dogs that have been bred to size AMAZING. So far I have read about alstien, whippett, wolfhound, greyhound, and besenji.
March 7
I just got back to the second half of the this book. Let's see where it goes. I really enjoyed Raj Whitehall's sense of fairplay. I would to read the rest of the series but am having hard time finding them.
Mar 23, 2015 marked it as abandoned
Got about 70 pages into this one and just didn't enjoy it for some reason. Will have to give it another shot later.
Sullivan Del
Sep 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
Pretty good story. Lots of battle story. Moves along very quickly.
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Stephen Michael Stirling is a French-born Canadian-American science fiction and fantasy author. Stirling is probably best known for his Draka series of alternate history novels and the more recent time travel/alternate history Nantucket series and Emberverse series.

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I’m a writer by trade, born in France but Canadian by origin and American by naturalizat
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The General (10 books)
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