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Belisarius III: The Flames of Sunset (Belisarius Saga combo volumes Book 3) [Kindle Edition]

David Drake , Eric Flint
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Concluding the popular Belisarius saga,
with two full-length novels in one volume:

The Tide of Victory: The creators of the monster called Link once were human, but that was distant ages in their past. Now, from the far future, they have sent their creation back to rule the Malwa Empire, then to conquer and shape the world of the sixth century A.D. into the form that will make their own foul existence possible. Those in the future who never were human have sent their own messenger to the past: Aide, a gleaming jewel who has come to Belisarius, the greatest general of the sixth century and perhaps any century. Between them they have forged an alliance of all the world against the evil fro the far future—and an army that can be the spear through evil's heart.

The Dance of Time: The Malwa and their evil have been driven back to their Indian heartland, but there they coil to strike again. Ruled by a monster from the future that is part computer and part demon, they prepare a fresh attack whose success will leave them rulers of the world—and the monster that guides the Malwa will rule the whole future. Guided by Aide, Belisarius has arrayed the forces of Mankind against the Malwa evil. There is no hope for Mankind if he fails—so he must not fail! The triumphant conclusion of the Belisarius saga.

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Eric Flint is the co-author of three New York Times best sellers in his "Ring of Fire" alternate history series. His first novel for Baen, Mother of Demons, was picked by Science Fiction Chronicle as a best novel of the year. His 1632, which launched the Ring of Fire series, won widespread critical praise, as from Publishers Weekly, which called him "an SF author of particular note, one who can entertain and edify in equal, and major, measure." A longtime labor union activist with a master's degree in history, he currently resides in northwest Indiana with his wife Lucille.

David Drake is one of the grand masters of military science fiction, known for his best-selling Hammer's Slammers series and many other novels. A Vietnam veteran, he employs his first-hand experience with the military life and combat to give his work the vivid images and feel of battle that have won him a huge readership. He was attending Duke University Law School when he was drafted. Upon his return from the U.S. Army, he completed his law degree at Duke and was for eight years Assistant Town Attorney for Chapel Hill, North Carolina. A full-time writer since 1981, his other books for Baen include the RCN-Leary series, the latest being In the Stormy Red Sky, and the Belisarius series, written in collaboration with Eric Flint, the fourth and fifth novels of which are now combined in this volume.

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Eric Flint is the co-author of three "New York Times" best sellers in his "Ring of Fire" alternate history series. His first novel for Baen, "Mother of Demons," was picked by "Science Fiction Chronicle" as a best novel of the year. His "1632," which launched the Ring of Fire series, won widespread critical praise, as from "Publishers Weekly," which called him "an SF author of particular note, one who can entertain and edify in equal, and major, measure." A longtime labor union activist with a master's degree in history, he currently resides in northwest Indiana with his wife Lucille. David Drake is one of the grand masters of military science fiction, known for his best-selling Hammer's Slammers series and many other novels. A Vietnam veteran, he employs his first-hand experience with the military life and combat to give his work the vivid images and feel of battle that have won him a huge readership. He was attending Duke University Law School when he was drafted. Upon his return from the U.S. Army, he completed his law degree at Duke and was for eight years Assistant Town Attorney for Chapel Hill, North Carolina. A full-time writer since 1981, his other books for Baen include the RCN-Leary series, the latest being "In the Stormy Red Sky," and the Belisarius series, written in collaboration with Eric Flint, the fourth and fifth novels of which are now combined in this volume.

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  • Publisher: Baen Books; 1 edition (2 Dec 2013)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent end to a brilliant series 24 Sep 2009
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I really enjoyed this series and was delighted when it was re-released in hardback omnibus editions. Great battles and brilliant characters.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Rome Brings the Fight to Them 11 Jan 2013
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Having beat the Malwa in Persia Belisarius takes the fight to them. The fights here are big and epic, but unlike the last book they are too complex and large scale to be fun tactical exercises. Here it's all about the long-term strategic damage to their logistics. Basically this is World War II invasion of Europe. Which means that Belisarius doesn't get to be everywhere at once. This means that there are a lot of secondary characters who take front stage to be close to the action. I liked the last book better, but this one is still excellent. Nothing deep, just a lot of really entertaining fluff.

As I said in my previous reviews these books are not particularly deep, but they are immensely good fun action novels. They feature evil beings from the future, alternate history, Romans and Indians fighting with gunpowder weapons, unkillable warriors, and a general who's never wrong. These two books are occupied with concluding everything that went before. As such they lack the originality and one man heroics of the first volume and the continual practical tactical stratagems of the second. Everything is a confused mess as Belisarius throws the Malwa into disorder. This makes for less clear reading than the last two volumes, but it makes up for it with its epic scope and the fact that it ties up all the loose ends in a (relatively) satisfying conclusion. As with all the books this one ties everything up a little too nicely, but you can't have everything. Having put up with it for two volumes the in jokes, cliches, and repeated themes are enough to drive a man mad. Hearing someone call Belisarius a genius every few pages gets to the point where you can no longer ignore it. But that's what you get when you have a series of six books covering a basic, but complicated plot.
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5.0 out of 5 stars BRILLIANT 12 Nov 2013
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Good Ending to a brilliant alternative History series, This kseries has kept me page turning from book 1,well worth reading again. delivered to my Kindle device promptly
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5.0 out of 5 stars Belisarius Triumphant 5 Aug 2009
By Arthur W. Jordin - Published on Amazon.com
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The Flames of Sunset (2009) is the third SF omnibus in the Belisarius series, following Storm at Noontide. It contains The Tide of Victory and The Dance of Time. In the previous volumes, Belisarius has met the Malwa Empire troops in battle and defeated them by various stratagems. Now he heads into the heart of the Empire to finalize their defeat.

The Tide of Victory (2001) is the fifth SF novel in this series. After some last minute changes, the allied army splits into three attack vectors. Khusrau starts in Chabahari, marches inland to Sistan, and then crosses the desert to Sukkur. Belisarius takes Barbaricum and advances up the Indus toward Sukkur. The allied troops catch the Malwa forces in a classic hammer and anvil maneuver.

Meanwhile, under very high security, Kungas takes his Kushans to Marv and drives out the Malwa. Then he marches to Begram, which he makes his capital. Eventually, he takes the Khyber Pass and thereby starts a new front in the war against the Malwa.

In India, Venandakatra the Vile is having major problems with Damodara. He is not used to anyone telling him that he is foolish right in his face, so he orders Damodara to leave Bharakuccha. Damodara informs him that the army will be gone by the next evening.

Shakuntala is worried about Raghunath Rao. He has promised his wife that he will not risk his life until the succession is secure. After the baby is born, however, Rao will be paying a short visit with Venandakatra.

The Dance of Time (2006) is the sixth novel in this series. Damodara finds himself under heavy pressure from the Mahaveda priests. When Rana Sanga says that he believes his family to still be alive, Damodara immediately thinks of Narses, the master manipulator. Then Narses confirms his suspicions and tells them the current location of the family. Damodara is quite irritated, but also feels a sense of relief; the die is cast and he is now free to pursue his own destiny.

Calopodius finds a niche for himself as the director of communications for Belisarius. He also begins writing an official history of the war and the unofficial, but highly regarded, Dispatches to the Army. The wife of Calopodius the Blind pursues her husband into India, leaving confusion, better sanitation, and effective hospitals along her path.

The Empress Regent Theodora allows the young Emperor Photius and his consort to travel to India by way of Egypt and Ethiopia. Antonina appoints Ousanas as angabo and husband of Eon's widow Rukaiya, then takes Ousanas out of Ethiopia with the Emperor's progression. Agathius and his wife join the progression at Charax.

This series is another tale based on the life of Belisarius, arguably the best general of the Eastern Roman Empire. He may have been the best general of all time and compares favorably with Sun Tzu, the Chinese student of war. But his strategy and tactics were based on the archaic war technology of the classical era. Thus Belisarius cannot be directly compared with Napoleon, Robert E. Lee, or other modern generals.

Several science fiction and alternate history tales have provided Belisarius, or his equivalent, with artillery and other advanced weapons. Yet such fiction proves nothing about his inherent capability to accept and use such tools. However, it does prove the respect of these authors.

This series is unusual in that such advanced weapons were developed from existing materials and technologies. Only the basic knowledge was imported from the future. In that respect, this series is much like De Camp's Lest Darkness Fall.

These novels conclude the series. If anyone has not previously read this series, it starts with An Oblique Approach. Read and enjoy!

Highly recommended for Drake & Flint fans and for anyone else who enjoys tales of great generals, psychological warfare, and battles against horrendous odds.

-Arthur W. Jordin
5.0 out of 5 stars super alternate history military thriller 15 Aug 2009
By Harriet Klausner - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
"The Dance of Time". In the sixth century, General Belisarius plans to invade the Malwa Empire to take the war of the future to the enemy in India. To the shock of the Malwa, his assault proves successful as he drives deeper into their empire using futuristic weapons and transportation given to him by the Aide also from the future. The enemy is stunned and in retreat as their Evil from the future tries to remain calm with defeats piling up and his side losing sight of the long term objective of the new Gods ruling earth.

"The Tide of Victory": In India the Malwa Empire suffers a major defeat, but led by the futuristic demon trapped inside a computer, they have not lost sight of their strategic goal of changing the future to having the New Gods rule. They redeploy preparing for a renewed offensive against the Byzantine Empire led by General Belisarius who has a futuristic aide giving him minimal assistance. The Malwa believe that if they can assassinate Belisarius the opposition will collapse as he is the rallying cry.

The fifth book in the Belisarius saga is in some degrees is a filler set up entry for the climax (The Tide of Victory), but the focus of taking late twentieth century weapons, communications, other technology and tactics and bringing them onto the sixth century battlefield remains entertaining and fun. Whereas the final book The Tide of Victory wraps up a super alternate history military thriller in which two superpowers helped differently by allies from the future vie for world domination. However before reading the third omnibus reprint, it is strongly recommend the previous two (Storm at Noontide containing books 3 and 4, and Thunder at Dawn containing Books 1 and 2) should be read first.

Harriet Klausner
5.0 out of 5 stars Eric Flint at his best 5 Aug 2014
By Mary Eberhart - Published on Amazon.com
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I don't remember History class being this fun. . .. Seriously, this is well written--Eric Flint at his best. There is a lot of laugh-out-loud humor, drama, and crazy politics mixed in with vivid descriptions of battles with all the glory and gore you would expect. There are creative adaptations of modern weapons with unexpected, and sometimes hilarious, results. Excellent character development throughout the series, I ended up buying all the books in this series--and put them on the shelf next to The Ring of Fire series. (Check out Amazon for these if you haven't read them.) Flint knows his history and could teach post-graduate military history. Huzzah!
5.0 out of 5 stars ... no doubt about the outcome(ever probably) I still immensely enjoyed reading this combo 11 Oct 2014
By Ksigguy - Published on Amazon.com
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Flint and Drake finish off the Belisarius Saga with this combo and even though there was no doubt about the outcome(ever probably) I still immensely enjoyed reading this combo. I cared enough about the characters I wanted to know who lived to the end and how things would be sorted out after the war. I enjoy the writing style of Flint, Drake, and S.M. Stirling who is also involved in many of these books.
5.0 out of 5 stars Belisarius Rocks 5 Nov 2009
By G. Yendrey - Published on Amazon.com
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I enjoyed the Belisarius series tremendously. As both a military SF and alternative history, this collaboration of David Drake and Eric Flint is engrossing, and action packed. The characters are well developed across the series and the 'flash backs' provide useful background to flesh them out further.

A must read for anyone who likes SF, alternate history, or military SF.
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