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Excalibur Alternative
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 26 October 2007
I enjoyed this book but can only give it 4 stars as I had already worked out the ending twist before we got there. Strongly reminded me of the Janissaries series and other SF books where modern, (or newer in this case) tactics take on old fashioned armies. The last book of Webers own Dahak series is also similar in style with new imported tactics beating old army methods.
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36 of 43 people found the following review helpful
on 11 February 2002
Several shiploads of English longbowmen meet an alien civilisation, and are pressganged into service as captive soldiers. Weber portrays the attitudes and thoughts of the period perfectly, and displays his usual command of military history, even in the fields of archery and cavalry, rather than his usual forte of naval combat. Both the main part of The Excalibur Alternative and the distinct ending section are well written and evocative, and the only problem is that the whole book begs for a sequel, which doesn't seem to even be on the horizon yet.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 14 April 2014
This story has been done (sort of) before but it was well re-hashed. The telling is pure David Weber though.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 29 April 2014
A fine piece of rollicking good sci go fun. Loved it and would really like at least one sequel. Thanks Dave
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on 14 February 2014
cannot get enough of david webers books, have read and reread his books (and I do not often reread books)
narratives always keep me gripped and can hardly put his books down until I have finished them. Excalibur alternative was
no exception just wish there was a sequel to 'out of the dark'.
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on 1 May 2005
Well this is an okay tale I suppose. It suffers though from comparisons. Knights In space has been done before and so much better. You see everytime I try and write something about this book I find myself wanting to review The High Crusade by Poul Anderson instead. So do yourself a favour go and read that much more exciting, funny, and intelligent yarn instead. That is the orginal and best.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Unfortunately, it doesn't quite live up to expectation. I loved the idea of medieval knights taken to the future to fight, but there were not enough characters with developed personalities to make it work.
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