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5.0 out of 5 stars Sequel to "The Reformer"
"The Tyrant", by David Drake and Eric Flint, is the sequel to "The Reformer" by David Drake and S.M. Stirling and is set in "The General/Raj Whitehall" Universe.

If you read the first book and liked it, you will probably think the sequel is even better. If you're minded to try this one, I advise you to read "The Reformer" first. However, this volume is an...
Published on 31 Jan 2004

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2.0 out of 5 stars Not as good.
Having read the Raj books, this spin offs are definitely not as good. The plot seems tired, and the battle scenes are weak.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sequel to "The Reformer", 31 Jan 2004
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"The Tyrant", by David Drake and Eric Flint, is the sequel to "The Reformer" by David Drake and S.M. Stirling and is set in "The General/Raj Whitehall" Universe.

If you read the first book and liked it, you will probably think the sequel is even better. If you're minded to try this one, I advise you to read "The Reformer" first. However, this volume is an excellent example of the old proverb never to judge a book by its cover.

The cover art shows a sword-wielding female facing off against a soldier in vaguely roman fighting kit. This creates two possible areas of confusion. First, although this scene does appear in the book it is not typical of the plot. If you're looking for a story with one or more female warriors at the centre of the action, this is not the book for you. Both Drake and Flint have created interesting women warriors in other books. Examples include Adele Mundy who is Lt Leary's partner in Drake's Cinnabar navy series ("With the Lightnings" et seq.) and three of the five main characters in the "Lord of the Isles" series. However, that's not what the authors are doing here. I can't say too much without spoiling the story, but one of the minor faults with this book is that Helga, the character on the cover, who had a sympathetic role in "The Reformer" ends up in "The Tyrant" as something dangerously close to comic relief.

The other potential confusion caused by having a female warrior facing off against a Roman solder on the cover is that it adds to the risk, already present because David Drake has swapped his co-authors around, that potential purchasers might make a mistake about which series this book belongs to. Again I can't explain in detail for fear of spoiling that story, but let's just say that this book is nothing to do with the alternate history series by Drake and Flint which begins with "An Oblique Approach" and in which general Belisarius appears under his own name. (In the universe in which this book is set Belisarius is the inspiration for the character Raj Whitehall.)

Nominally "The Reformer" and "The Tyrant" are set in the far future on a planet called "Hafardine" where mankind is trying to rebuild civilisation after the collapse of a galactic empire. However, except for some changes of names, the economic, historical, and military sitution in the books is a close parallel with what existed in Italy and surrounding countries during the middle of the first century B.C. In reality these books are an alternative history of the fall of the Roman Republic and the schemes of various leaders of that time to found an Empire.

Generally, if you enjoy reading military novels with a good link to how economic, political and social factors both cause wars and influence their outcomes, and with characters who are reasonably developed but not so much so that you are focussing on them rather than the action, you will like this book.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not as good., 21 Mar 2014
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Having read the Raj books, this spin offs are definitely not as good. The plot seems tired, and the battle scenes are weak.
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