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Warlord (edition 2003)

by David Drake, S.M. Stirling

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Title:Warlord
Authors:David Drake
Other authors:S.M. Stirling
Info:Baen (2003), Edition: First Edition, Hardcover, 576 pages
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This is a 2 in 1 collection of Drake/Stirling's Raj Whitehall series, and is the start of the series. Raj Whitehall is a young hereditary aristocrat in the Civil Government military, until he and a friend encounter Center - a long lost AI that is the only remnant of the long ago hi tech civilization on the planet. After a nuclear war, civilization has barely returned to mid-19th century levels. Center uses Raj (via some kind of undescribed implant) to try and unite the planet as a first step to regaining the stars. I like the characters of Raj and his wife and most of Raj's subordinates. The plot moves along well and is engaging. What I did not like was the lack of technological progress, instead the authors focus on organization, discipline and Center's knowledge of tactics to win every battle. Basically, this could be a Civil War book set on another planet, but I still enjoyed it. ( )
  Karlstar | Jan 8, 2013 |
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"Raj Whitehall was a young noble of the Civil Government, the last remnant of galactic civilization on the planet Bellevue. Possessed of an unparalleled strategic genius, Raj dreamed of leading his people's armies to victory against the barbarians who threatened to engulf them." "Yet it was not exterior enemies who were Raj's greatest challenge, but the Civil Government itself. Its bureaucrats had become corrupt extortionists. The ranks of its armies were filled with barbarian mercenaries ready to turn on the paymasters they despised. Those at the highest levels sank their knives into each other's backs even as the barbarians closed in. And the Governor himself, the man to whom Raj has sworn and given absolute loyalty, nourished a paranoid envy and mistrust that grew with every victory Raj won...."."Luckily for Bellevue, Raj had a hidden asset beyond the worship of his troops and his own genius for war. Raj was possessed of - or possessed by - a "guardian angel" that guided him inexorably toward the goal of planetary dominion. But could even a battle computer of the Galactic Age be enough to counter the fury of Raj's enemies ... and the treachery of his "friends"?"--BOOK JACKET.… (more)

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