on 26 March 2001
Once again Raj and Centre try to reverse the Fall. In this case Hafardine has fallen further and so gives rise a story set in a Graeco-Roman world. The are civilised city-states exhausted by years of fighting, a militaristic Confederation oppressing them and semi-civilised pirates. The Confederation itself is riven by internal disputes amongst its rulers. Into this mix, Raj and centre choose a young scholar.... Basically it is the same story as in "The General" series or "The Chosen", but why change a winning formula. In itself it is a rattling good yarn with a nice blend of action and narrative. Other than the overall situation there seem to be fewer parallels with our history, that I could see anyway, although I did enjoy the take on the way the Siege of Tyre progressed (as Alexander would not have wanted). Overall, if you already like Raj and Centre, you should enjoy this. If not, read this and then try the others.