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Destiny's Shield by Eric Flint

Destiny's Shield (original 1999; edition 2001)

by Eric Flint

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Title:Destiny's Shield
Authors:Eric Flint
Info:Baen (2001), ebook
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Tags:Fic, SF, !Webscriptions, __make_cover, _import130514

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Destiny's Shield by Eric Flint (1999)



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The third book in the Belisarius series. Two AI's from the future have come to Earth - one to change the future in favor of machines, the other to prevent as much change as possible. (if you ignore the firearms.....) The action is in full swing now with Belisarius and his troops in the field countering the evil Link and minions. The in the field action in this book takes place in Persia, with the Roman legions facing off again against the skilled Persians. Good action, good setting, great characters and great military action. ( )
  Karlstar | Nov 2, 2015 |
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 the beginning of this book, and I liked the new allies that Belisarius found as a result. It does continue to stretch my credulity that Belisarius always finds himself surrounded by allies who are reasonable, like-minded men and who trust Belisarius and his decisions even when they don’t agree with them. Even when his allies disagree with a plan at first, they are quickly convinced by Belisarius’ unfailingly logical arguments or by his promises combined with his well-proven honor. I’d like to see Belisarius forced to work with an ally with whom he doesn’t he mesh as well -- somebody who isn’t a bumbling idiot, a jerk, or a doormat. The people Belisarius doesn’t mesh with usually end up being witless fools and/or evil people who Belisarius manipulates in order to further his own cause. The camaraderie is fun, but I’d like to see a little conflict too.

The science fiction element also progressed nicely in this book, although that aspect of the story was featured as sparingly as in previous books. Aide is really becoming an interesting character himself, which is quite a change from his sporadic and cryptic communication at the beginning of the series. I look forward to learning more about him. ( )
  YouKneeK | May 3, 2014 |
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. ( )
  Traveller1 | Mar 30, 2013 |
good look at the roman empire with an alternate history twist
  FancyFractals | Mar 6, 2010 |
  mcolpitts | Aug 17, 2009 |
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Drake, Davidmain authorall editionsconfirmed
Asplund, RandyMapssecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Parkinson, KeithCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Russo, CarolCover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0671578723, Mass Market Paperback)

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 series, this what-if puts the Malwa Empire in control of the Indian subcontinent thanks to diabolical assistance from across time, granting their forces superior strategy and advanced weaponry. But the ever-canny Belisarius is equal to the challenge, with no small help from a telepathic crystal named Aid that acts as both adviser and seer.

The writing tandem of Flint and Drake still proves strong--relative newcomer Flint (Mother of Demons) seems well-paired with military-SF powerhouse Drake, creator of "the meanest bunch of mercs who ever nuked a world for pay" (that'd be Hammer's Slammers, natch). The two offer up their usual dose of meticulous historical detail and realistic, mud-and-blood combat and tactics. Throw in some time-bending fun like Belisarius's "invention" of the Knights Hospitaler and phrases like "fire in the hole," and you know you're in for a good time. (Of course, if you're new to the series, check out the first book, An Oblique Approach.) --Paul Hughes

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A time-traveller arrives in 6th century Rome with information on advanced weaponry so the empire can defeat its enemies and change history. That means defeating the Malwa who will not be able to conquer the time-traveller's people.

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