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Drakas! (Draka Series Book 5) [Kindle Edition]

S. M. Stirling
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The Domination of the Draka begins as a British possession in Africa, but soon becomes far more. Absorbing refugees after the American Revolution, and later the Civil War, the Draka become a people bred to rule with an iron fist. They permanently enslave the peoples of Africa, when they do not simply kill them.

But this does not slake the Draka thirst for power. Sweeping across the world, the Draka empire engulfs nation after nation, shackling into servitude all who are not Draka. Europe, Asia, and finally all the Earth and its colonies throughout the Solar System fall before the might of the Draka.

But empires are not faceless monoliths; they are made of individuals, complex humans with their own hopes and dreams. And so one might ask: Who are the Draka What sort of people does the Domination rule The Draka would have many different answers . . .

. . . and this is their story.

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" . . an exciting, evocative [and] horrifying read." —Poul Anderson

"A vivid alternate reality . . . truly a tour de force." —David Drake

"A potent, unflinching look at a might-have-been world whose evil both contrasts with and reflects that in our own." —Publishers Weekly

". . . superb action scenes, interesting characters, and a detailed if somewhat grisly world." —Chicago Sun-Times

S. M. Stirling is the author of the Draka trilogy. Set in a parallel universe, a nation founded on slavery and the United States battle for domination of the world. The trilogy was recently republished in one huge volume as The Domination. Stirling has also written Drakon, a novel of a Draka warrior hurled into our world, and edited a companion volume, Drakas! Among his collaborations are the popular General series with David Drake, the novel, The Children's Hour, with Jerry Pournelle, and the national bestseller, The City Who Fought, with Anne McCaffrey. He and his wife live in Santa Fe, NM.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 786 KB
  • Print Length: 388 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Baen Books; 1 edition (8 Jan. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Worth a read only if you are a big Draka fan 8 May 2002
Format:Mass Market Paperback
There are twelve short stories in this book:
Custer Under the Baobob by William Sanders
Hewn in Pieces for the Lord by John J. Miller
Written by the Wind by Roland J. Green. Two Draka assist the Japanese in the 1905 war against Russia.
The Tradesmen by David Drake. An amoral tale of the Russian front in the Eurasian War.
The Big Lie by Jane Lindskold.
The Greatest Danger by Lee Allred.
Home is Where the Heart is by William Barton.
The Last Word by Harry Turtledove.
A Walk in the Park by Anne Marie Talbott. On Earth/2 (our world), two Draka encounter a Science Fiction fan.
Hunting the Snark by Markus Baur. On Earth/2 a CCTV developer is baffled when his new individual recognition system fails to classify a red-haired shopper as a person.
Upon Their Backs, To Bite 'em by John Barnes. A timeline-travelling civilisation opens diplomatic relations with the Draka. Negotiations do not go according to plan.
The Peaceable Kingdon by Severna Park. On Earth/2 a police psychiatrist interveiws an unusual prisoner.

I liked Stirling's Draka books, but I'm not a big fan of military fiction, descriptions of battles etc. so most of the stories here didn't exite me very much. The ones I liked were The Greatest Danger, which I think best evokes the feel of the books; Upon Their Backs to Bite 'em which has made me want to buy Barnes's Closer books (they have the same hero); and Hunting the Snark which has a nice Twilight Zonish feel to it.
On the whole, this was okay, but it could have been much better. I was disappointed that there was no story by Stirling himself, and also no stories set in the early days of the Draka or during the Final Society, the two time periods that haven't really been explored in the books. And the cover is just ugly!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A curate's egg - good in parts 23 Nov. 2000
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The Draka are one of those curious things, alternately repellent and fascinating. This book of short stories attempts to fill in the gaps left by the main novels. it only partly succeeds but where it does, it is very effective. The first story is not really a Draka story at all. The last few deal with the crossover from the Final Society and this world and are also unsatisfactory. The centre portion of the book, however,is a dream. Hewn in pieces for the Lord, is a wonderful retelling of the Gordon & Madhi story in a Draka world. The Big Lie is the defence of village one with a less than heroic Eric von Schrakenberg. The best stories, though, are the two stories dealing with the aftermath of the 2nd world war. In The Greatest Danger, we see the results of the occupation of the Channel Islands and one Draka's realisation of just what his people are becoming. Home is where the Heart Is, shows the reverse, as an honorary "citizen" comes to terms with his new people. Both are well written and chilling. The Last Word, the last in the trio of great stories, shows the results of the Alliance's failure through the eyes of a middle ranking Alliance officer. All in all, well worth a read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 18 May 2015
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Draka are Back 9 Nov. 2000
By Jonathan Amato - Published on
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For those of us who have been anxiously waiting for a new Draka novel since _Drakon_ came out in 1996, this short story anthology is the next best thing.
Featuring works by such speculative fiction luminaries as David Drake, Harry Turtledove, John Barnes, Jane Lindskold, and others, the anthology revisits one of the most intriguing, fascinating, and terrifying alternate realities ever created.
The stories are all of good quality, and cover a wide time spectrum. I particulary liked the stories by Lindskold (who shows us another side of Eric von Shrakenberg) and Turtledove (who gives the Alliance for Democracy just a bit of hope).
The anthology is best read after reading the four Draka novels, much of it will make little sense to those not familiar with them.
The only things that prevented me from awarding five stars instead of four were some minor continuity problems with the Draka novels in a couple of the stories, and the absence of a new story by Stirling himself. But these are just minor concerns.
15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars a very pleasant surprise 3 Nov. 2000
By Fredric Smoler - Published on
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The original Draka books are in my opinion the best alternate history ever written, and I thus opened this volume of shared-world short stories with some anxiety; this sort of venture is almost always disappointing. Boy, was I wrong: these stories are almost all wonderful. To pick out a few particular successes at random: David Drake's story is truly chilling. Harry Turtledove's affords some small but very satisfying consolation for the wrenching conclusion of The Stone Dogs, the third volume of the original trilogy. Jane Lindskold has written a quietly hilarious homage to another series which does no irreprable violence to the original Marching Through Georgia. A few people, such as Lee Allred, were new to me, and very, very good. So if you know the originals, these are a must-buy.
15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An outstanding shared-world anthology 31 Oct. 2000
By Jeph Gord - Published on
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S. M. Stirling's Draka are one of alternate history's more memorable creations. Bloodchillingly nasty and utterly efficient, they are seen by all as either the most terrifying or the most ludicrously implausible of villains. But one thing is clear: the Draka are big business with an IngolfTech label.
Stirling has asked many of his fellow writers to make their contributions to the Draka canon. This anthology, which includes stories by such big-name authors as Harry Turtledove and David Drake, is the result. And a worthwhile result it is, for every story is good in it's own right. The first two tell, in bloody detail, how George Custer and Chinese Gordon help the Draka conquer Africa. David Drake tells the tale of gritty, un-glorious military politics during the Eurasian War.
Some of the most interesting stories, however, come later in the anthology. Perhaps the best are those that deal with trans-dimensional travel. This sub-genre may seem hopelessly tired, but these stories give it new life. John Barnes, for instance, pits the hero of his Timeline Wars novels against the Draka. In Anne Marie Talbott's "A Walk in the Park", a woman from our timeline swears that those tall, inexplicably charismatic strangers she sees in the park are just like something out of an SF series she once read.
This is a good choice for any science fiction fan. Fans of the Draka series will understand the background better, but everyone will appreciate the high quality of the writing.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly Good 1 Jan. 2001
By Michael - Published on
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I had really given up on finding any new Draka material, so you can imagine my delight in finding this book tucked away in a back corner of a mall bookstore. My delight diminished a bit when I saw that the book is an anthology, but I bought it anyway after reviewing the list of contributors.
As I read through the book, I was pleasantly surprised to find no real weak stories and some very good ones. Unlike a previous reviewer, I found the earlier stories much stronger than the later ones (although I agree with his statement that the trans-dimensional travel sub-genre is "hopelessly tired"). As a big fan of George McDonald Fraser's "Flashman" series, I was especially delighted by Jane Lindskold's contribution.
Anthologies tend to be "dangerous" purchases, but based on the results of this first effort I would definitely be interested in another volume.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Think about history. Now make it worse... 3 Jan. 2003
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"Drakas" happened to be my first introduction to the story of the Draka, and although I'd recommend reading the trilogy first ("Marching through Georgia", "Under the yoke" and "The stone dogs") I immediately became fascinated by the idea of how a "nation of loosers", as the young Eric von Shrakenberg (main character of the trilogy) so nicely puts it, became rulers of the world.
For the Dominaton of Draka was a nation built by loosers. First the loosers of the American revolutionary war, who were given a new start in South Africa, and later royalists who fled revolutionary France, loosers of the American civil war, misunderstood and unappreciated philosophers and artists of Europe (like F. Nietsche and O. Wilde) etc.
This book broadens the picture, gives a few new faces to the Draka. We hear the story of a broken General Custer, branded a coward for retreating at Little Big Horn- a looser of the American west become Draka. We witness the horrors of an alternate WWII, a WORSE WWII... We hear the dying words of an American partisan, in the aftermath of a nuclear holocaust.
There are some very good stories here. If I should mention one drawback, I have to agree with other reviewers and say it has to be the stories set in the future. The problem with these is that instead of being able to compare Draka world to our world, with all the small likenesses and differences, you lose the familiarity with the world described. While one can discuss wether a society like the Domination of Draka could have sustained itself, and shake your head at their twisted views and practices, the futuristic stories move too far from our world to really be interesting in that sense. Still, the first three quarters of the book are so good, I will give it 4 stars out of 5, and a recommendation for anyone with the imagination and open- mindedness to hear a story of what could have been. And luckily didn't...
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