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4.0 out of 5 stars Man vs. machine in the never ending struggle.
It is amazing that this theme has not been completely played out by now. Saberhagen actually has some new twists and turns on a plot and scenario that is one of the classics of fiction. If you never have read one of the "Berserker" series -- this would be a good one to start with, but be aware of the long tradition of the series that has stretched over the...
Published on 18 Oct 1997

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2.0 out of 5 stars ...could have been so good....
I don't mind the "Battle of Midway" angle. I do think it could have been concealed a little better, but maybe the author wanted us all to see it. I actually got some entertainment out of seeing how he would work in certain historical events.
The side-story about our opening-scene protagonist was so-so. I could take it or leave it. Mr. Saberhagen's...
Published on 12 Mar 1999


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2.0 out of 5 stars ...could have been so good...., 12 Mar 1999
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I don't mind the "Battle of Midway" angle. I do think it could have been concealed a little better, but maybe the author wanted us all to see it. I actually got some entertainment out of seeing how he would work in certain historical events.
The side-story about our opening-scene protagonist was so-so. I could take it or leave it. Mr. Saberhagen's done better, and I've read worse.
Here's my main beef. This book reads like he wrote 10 pages at a time, and then just randomly shuffled the sections together. We haven't even fought the battle yet when we read about the analysts' thoughts on the outcome. Kinda makes it hard to even pretend you don't know what's going to happen at that point.
That's just one example. We constantly read about characters referring to things that they won't find out about for another 20 pages. And other nonsense along those lines. It made for very infuriating reading.
Mr. Saberhagen needed someone to read through his computer print-out and move a couple pages around.
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1.0 out of 5 stars A disappointing and confusing book., 21 Oct 1997
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This review is from: Berserker Fury (Berserker Series/Fred Saberhagen) (Hardcover)
Mr Saberhagen must have been put on a short time table for the completion of this book. The book is just a shallow rewrite of the WWII Battle of Midway (and or the movie by the same name) and put in space. Most of the details, tactics and personal events of the actual battle off Midway Island have been retained and only slightly altered so they would relate to space. The supersecret decryption of berserker codes just like the U.S.Navy did to the Japanese. The number of carriers involved is the same. Individual ship histories just prior to and during the battle are the same. The actual U.S. Navy Task Force numbers 16 and 17 remain the same in Berserker Fury and perform the same role as they did at Midway. I don't remember if "Void" fighters have always been in the Berserker series of books but its amazing how similar the name and performace compare to the Japanese "Zeros" used at Midway. If blatantly copying history wasn't distracting enough this book was just not put together very well. I get the distinct impression of a lack of review. Time lines were confusing and often appeared to be out of sequence. Details were repeated unnessessarly and I found myself asking "why is he repeating this stuff here?" I have enjoyed Mr Saberhagen's books in the past and expect to in the future but Berserker Fury gave me the impression that his publisher told him to produce a book in 3 weeks and he did.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Battle of Midway in Space, 17 May 1999
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This review is from: Berserker Fury (Berserker Series/Fred Saberhagen) (Hardcover)
BErserker Fury was a space version of the Battle of Midway, but the real battle was less confusing. Time seems to have no meaning, as your point of view changes in both time and space, like a bad Doctor Who movie. Sometimes I don't know what character I am reading about. I happen to be a great fan and even sent him e-mail once, but this book could of been A LOT better if somebody else had gone over it with a magic marker and helped him cut out parts that were not needed.
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2.0 out of 5 stars A Parody of Midway, 21 Dec 1997
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This review is from: Berserker Fury (Berserker Series/Fred Saberhagen) (Hardcover)
Saberhaen has developed in "Berserker Fury" a complete, yet bland parody of the famous WWII Battle of Midway. Although the setting takes place far in humanity's future, the novel makes parallels so blatant that anyone who has read or seen the movie "Midway" has no difficulty in the associations. The principal battle location is a space island 'atoll' called Fifty-Fifty -- another moniker for Midway? The combat space vehicles are called 'carriers', 'battleships' and 'cruisers'. Beserker fighters are called 'Voids' - a moniker for 'Zeros'. The pricipal human commander is Admiral Nuguance, while at Midway he was Admiral Spruance. The battle for Fifty-Fifty is set up through the breaking of the Beserker combat codes. And the parallels go on and on. Saberhagen even goes so far as to strand a shot down human pilot in the middle of the Beserker fleet who is able to watch the entire battle unfold, much like the original scenario. The parallels are so obvious that this novel cannot be taken as a serious work by the talented Saberhagen. Let us hope that any future Beserker stories, to which we have all come to love, are not of like ilk.
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1.0 out of 5 stars A big "Zero" for originality, 24 April 1998
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This review is from: Berserker Fury (Berserker Series/Fred Saberhagen) (Hardcover)
Proving that history repeats itself is one thing, saying that it repeats EXACTLY is quite another. This latest installment was a bitter disappointment. If you are not familiar with the Beserker series, do not start with this one. Heck, even if you are familiar with the series, avoid this book.
I found myself groaning at the plot that mimicked the battle of Midway. The threads started unraveling at the end and the resolution resembled little more then a pile of overcooked oatmeal. After identifying the "close historical parallel" that this book ripped off, I was expecting the author to put more into the resolution of the conflict. Nothing doing. There isn't a resolution and no sense of satisfaction due to the foreknowledge that the reader has. The subplot ends weakly and the whole thing wraps up in a hurried manner.
If the author hadn't already established a name for himself, this book would never have been published. Frankly, I'll think twice before picking up the next installment. His short stories about Beserkers are much better and I can only wonder if he's tired of his creation.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Forget Berserker Fury - read the Berserker short stories, 19 May 1998
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This review is from: Berserker Fury (Berserker Series/Fred Saberhagen) (Hardcover)
Fred Saberhagen holds the distinction of being both the best and the worst author I have ever read. He's either great or terrible on any given piece - with nothing in between. When Saberhagen writes a good story, it's very tight, adventurous, and thought provoking. Good examples are his Berserker short stories, A Century of Progress, and The Dracula Tape. When Saberhagen writes a dog it's plot is shallow or nonexistant has little action, and gives the impression that he and the characters just don't care what's going on. Examples of his dogs are Merlin's Bones, Dancing Bears, The White Bull, many of the novels in his Swords series, A Question of Time, and (of course) Berserker Fury.
Saberhagen hasn't written anything realy good since about the mid-80's, and most of his REALLY good work was done in the 60's and 70's. Fred Saberhagen desperately needs an agent and a publisher who will tell him when he's churning out worthless drivel, and then will ride him like a drill sergeant until he starts turning out the gems he's capable of.
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1.0 out of 5 stars A serious disappointment from a writer who knows better., 9 Nov 1997
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This review is from: Berserker Fury (Berserker Series/Fred Saberhagen) (Hardcover)
I've read many of Saberhagen's books over the years, including his Berserker and Swords series, but "Berserker Fury" has to be his poorest effort ever. The Battle of Midway in space with poorly disguised names of the actual commanders involved. If it weren't an historical event involved, this would be outright plagiarism. Much of the actual writing was poor, as well. Shame on you, Fred! Could this have been one of those contractual obligation kind of things?
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4.0 out of 5 stars Man vs. machine in the never ending struggle., 18 Oct 1997
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This review is from: Berserker Fury (Berserker Series/Fred Saberhagen) (Hardcover)
It is amazing that this theme has not been completely played out by now. Saberhagen actually has some new twists and turns on a plot and scenario that is one of the classics of fiction. If you never have read one of the "Berserker" series -- this would be a good one to start with, but be aware of the long tradition of the series that has stretched over the decades
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5.0 out of 5 stars I enjoyed this immensely! Thank you Fred!!!, 4 Aug 1997
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This review is from: Berserker Fury (Berserker Series/Fred Saberhagen) (Hardcover)
I devoured this book, and wanted more.
His berserkers are relentless. I am looking forward to the next book,
Shiva in Steel, which ( I heard from Fred) is due out maybe next fall. Perhaps, one day, we'll learn a little more of the history behind the menace and its journy across the galaxy. Once again, thanks Fred, and keep them coming!!!!
---Vern Townsend
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1.0 out of 5 stars Uncredited Rewrite of the Battle of Midway in SF Form, 15 Sep 1997
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This review is from: Berserker Fury (Berserker Series/Fred Saberhagen) (Hardcover)
I was very disapointed with this book as I have enjoyed previous titles in the Berserker series. However, the whole plot was a direct rip-off of the events surrounding the WWII battle between the US and Japanese fleets. No originality detected.
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