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Conventions of War (Dread Empire's Fall) [Paperback]

Walter Jon Williams
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2 Oct 2006 Dread Empire's Fall
The universe has fallen into bloody chaos now that the dread empire of the tyrannical Shaa is no more - at the mercy of the merciless insectoid Naxid who, freed from subjugation, now hunger for domination. But the far-flung human descendants of Terra have finally tasted liberty, and their warrior heroes will not submit. Separated by light-years, Lord Gareth Martinez and his one-time comrade and lover, the mysterious guerrilla fighter Caroline Sula, each pursue a different road to victory in tomorrow's ultimate battle - for the new order will be far more terrible than the old - unless one last, bold and desperate stratagem can hold a shattered galaxy together.

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  • Paperback: 688 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Books; New edition edition (2 Oct 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743428994
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743428996
  • Product Dimensions: 11.3 x 17.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 343,861 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Walter Jon Williams is American, but was brought up in the UK. He has written SF novels since the mid-80s, and has won or been nominated for most of the major SF honours, including the Hugo and Nebula Awards. His novels include HARDWIRED, ARISTOI and METROPOLITAN.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Solid space opera 29 Oct 2009
Normally a trilogy ends on a high note. In this one there were two threads: a galactic one, covering the alien Naxxid's revolt to gain control of the Dread Empire of the Shaa, founded on a pitiless conservative creed, the Praxis, and a personal one, the smouldering romance between Lady Sula, a lowborn who murdered and replaced her 'Lady' and Lord Gareth Martinez, a real noble, but from a backwater planet and thus considered a hick. As in the previous books these two perform wonders, Lady Sula running a resistance campaign against the Naxxids on the capital planet, Zanshaa, and Martinez winning more space battles. While the outcome of the Naxxid revolt is predictable, what is not is the feeling of failure, after suppressing the revolt, to change things fundamentally. The dead weight of the Praxis still rules and both Sula and Martinez must bow to its ways. Tradition triumphs, so the cycle of revolt and suppression will seemingly continue, without end.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A fairly good ending to the trilogy 20 Nov 2005
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Caroline Sula (Gredel) and Gareth Martinez are still the protagonists in this book. Sula/Gredel's cell is still stuck in the capitol Zanshaa on the world of the same name after the rest of the old resistance was blown to smithereens. Here she is left with the choice of hiding until the end of the war (thereby letting the Naxid's win her new home world) or go to battle against them. As she has kept her backdoor into the Records Department Sula/Gredel decides to continue the fight. To begin with she and her compatriots send out a resistance paper called the "Resistance". In it they encourage the population to strike out against the Naxids who hold people hostage and assassinate the same hostages if one of their own is killed. To help her in this battle she manages to enlist the aid of the underworld.
Martinez, in the meantime, is out in space and attached to Chenforce where he through different circumstances becomes the captain of the flagship. He and his flagofficer Michi Chen continue to work on the tactics that Martinez and Sula worked out in the previous book. Even though they are successful, they are placed under the command of a highly conventional and conservative officer who is not willing to try "dangerously innovative" tactics.
"Conventions of War" was highly entertaining. I haven't decided whether I liked the ending, but it was in line with the rest of the series. All three books have been fun reads, this no less than the other two. I hope you will enjoy it as much as I have.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent story! 12 Jan 2009
I read science fiction/opera etc all the time. The first two parts of this series were pretty good but this third part is very good indeed. I found it engaging and cared about the characters and the storyline. Quite moving in parts. The science isn't too great nor explained particularly, but it doesn't have to be for the book to be a great read. No need to be a science snob and deny yourself a good time is there? Rather hoping that the unresolved nature of the ending means that it isn't!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Still the best... 6 Jun 2012
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Fabulous writing if you love Space Operas - The best best Space Opera Trilogy out there in my opinion....excellent physics and tactical combat descriptions - vastly superior to "Lost Fleet" series or "Starks War". Please keep writing WJW!
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