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In the Heart of Darkness (Belisarius) Mass Market Paperback – 3 Aug 1998


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  • Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Baen Books (3 Aug. 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671878859
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671878856
  • Product Dimensions: 17.4 x 10.8 x 2.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,404,863 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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David Drake, author of the bestselling HAMMERS' SLAMMERS series and THE GENERAL series (with S.M. Stirling) is widely regarded as the premier author in the field of military science fiction. Eric Flint has previously collaborated with David Drake on AN OBLIQUE APPROACH

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 12 Sept. 1998
Format: Mass Market Paperback
David Drake has mined the Belisarius story more than once under other names. Now he uses Belisarius by name in an alternative history novel.
I was entralled by how various technologies are entertwined in a story about philosophy and war and what is "right". You are never in doubt about who will win, it is just a question of how hard the victory will be fought.
This is the first time I have ever seen someone show an example of the difference between fighting a war from a strategic view as opposed to a tactical view.
The book is flawed only in the lack of character development. You see what the characters DO, but why they think what they are doing is correct is not examined.
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By Arch Stanton TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 11 Jan. 2013
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I gotta say this feels more like a fantasy series than a scifi one. The typical fantasy tropes are here: the noble warrior prince, the superb general, the supremely evil overlord, unkillable warriors. A whole LOT of unkillable warriors... There is little in the way of battles too as Belisarius is only scouting out the situation. Which means that this book is taken up with plot and character development. And characters have never been this series' strong point. Sure they're fun, but you'd never mistake them for real people. They're caricatures of characters. And everything works out a lot too easily. But still, if you want realism read a history book. This one does what it sets out to do: entertain. And it pays out in droves.

The series claims to be written by David Drake and Eric Flint, but what that really means is that Drake wrote an outline and detailed battle synopsis while Flint fleshed the story out and actually wrote it. I find that both writers have their own annoying quirks, but I think that most of Drake's (with the exception of the superhuman tactical genius) are obscured here. Flint's flaws as a fantasy writer seem to be worse when he has no set reality holding him back (like he did in the excellent Ring of Fire novels). Since this one feels more like fantasy than the others I'd say they're at their most obvious here. I never really felt that these were Romans and Indians but ott Romanish and Indianish fantasy characters. Take that for what you will.

This book is a sequel to
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Belisarius is one of histories great might have beens. The last Procouncil of Rome, a military leader of great genius, as an old man he lead an untrained army to destroy an invasion of barbarians. He almost united the Roman Empire, almost.
What if.... David Drake wrote that he presented S. M. Stirling with an essay on the life of Belisarius, the series "The General" resulted. If Mr. Drake did the same with Mr. Flint, than this series would be the variation on that theme.
Happily, Mr. Flint proves to be an an excellent writer, not the same writter as M. Stirling, but his own. Stirling's strength is his physical presents. You can see his story. Mr Flint's strength is his feel, you can feel his story.
The one great weakness is that while Theodora, and, to a lesser degree, Antonia, have personalities with strengths and weaknesses, the other characters, including Belisarious, are one dimentional, few doubts, no fears, to perfect.
The story itself is! a rousing yarn, filled with action, a touch of philosophy, and an emerging conflict between the idea of "the All" versus "The One", the individual of society.
I look foward with anticipation for the next installment.
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This has all the flaws and all the strengths of its prequel, with one rather glaring addition. In the first book, there were a few hints, but they could be ignored, that there was some ridiculous time-travelling technological intervention going on. But now that has been made very clear, and I don't like it. It seems cheap and tacky. The fictional world actually made more sense when it could be seen as the good guys being guided by God against a Satanic foe.

It's still a good read, mind, and I still recommend it.
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By alan on 28 Jun. 2014
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I found the story easy to follow and with the kindle I was able to access the book in a higher font as I am visually impaired
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