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  • Mass Market Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Baen Books (8 Oct. 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671877240
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671877248
  • Product Dimensions: 17.3 x 10.6 x 2.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,312,559 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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David Drake is best known for the 'Hammer's Slammers' series which effectively created the subgenre of military SF. S.M. Stirling is the author of the 'Draka' parallel universe series. Together they are the authors of the bestselling 'General' sequence which charts the alternate history of Byzantine hero Belisarius, the finest military genius of his time.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 29 Jun. 1998
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A continuation of the General series is a pleasant surprise. The Chosen continues David Drakes' penchant for molding a military fiction around actual history. S.M. Stirling contributes a strategical view of the situational plot which is usually lacking in Drakes' novels (not to the detriment of his stories, though). The S.M. Stirling/David Drake tandem achieves a notable work in this novel. Granted, I enjoy both authors, but rarely am I compelled to start and finish a book in one day. This one was an exception. The military action holds your interest while the promise of the resolution of the strategical situation keeps you turning pages. This novel is a worthy continuation of the General series, although the character of the CENTER computer is much more muted and almost non-existent. In past novels the computer was an integral part of the story; in The Chosen it is much farther in the background. In summary, the story could easily stretch over five novels as the previous series did. The story felt a bit rushed, with far less detail than I had hoped for.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 18 Mar. 1998
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David Drake seems to bring a degree of historical realism to the team that is lacking in SMS solo work and the story and writing are first rate. Unlike the Draka, who are cartoonish, the Chosen are much more believable as a totalitarian warrior caste complete with the inherent weakness of such regimes. The Santander Republic is also believeable and shows the good and bad of a free society going to war.
The bad news: There are still the excessivly cute references (PT109 being rammed & "Gridley", for instance) that jar from the story by reminding of the authors presence. And a lot of the technological details get glossed over. How BIG are those airships anyway???
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 23 Sept. 1996
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Read Stirling's Draka novels first for an added appreciation
of this book. The Chosen resemble the Draka, and the
Santandans are kin to the Alliance for Democracy.
In both plots, the Chosen/Draka have more slaves and resources
and strive toward world conquest. Here, the technology
level is World War I. But the real contrast is in the different
strategy used by Santander, and in the resultant outcome.

It is as though in the Draka universe, the Alliance
had elected to fight in the time frame of "Under the Yoke",
instead of staying at peace, paving the way to its
disasterous fate in "Stone Dogs".
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 14 May 1997
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Using a highly believeable plot twist, Raj is back in business (Sort of) Continuing with his very enjoyable practice of using earth history as the basis for his plot, this novel mixes the Spanish Civil War and WWI, along with some poor man's Draka to come up with a real page turner. Highly recomended.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 19 Dec. 1997
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If the end of the Domination of the Draka trilogy drove you screaming mad that the bad guys won, this should ease your ego. The parallels between the Draka and the Chosen are extensive, but the different outcome (and the inclusion of anachonistic technology to help the 'good' guys along) make this Stirling's apology for the Draka victory in Stone Dogs.
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