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on 29 June 1998
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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on 18 March 1998
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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on 23 September 1996
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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on 16 December 1998
Not up to standards of the Raj series. Lots of vignettes, loosely tied together. I suspect they wanted to do another multi-volume series, but the publisher was only willing to do a single book--so they crammed everything into that volume. I also suspect this started out as a separate series, which the publisher told them to connect to Raj for sales purposes. It is only loosely tied to the Raj series and only by an implausible plot device. Neither Raj nor Center are central to the working out of the plot. Readers looking for a contination of the Raj stories will be disappointed. Readers looking for decent military SF will be modestly satisfied.
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on 19 December 1997
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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on 14 May 1997
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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on 24 July 1996
A typical Drake story about military conflict to reach a goal.
More central characters than usual for a Drake story. Couldn't put it down once I started reading.
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on 10 March 1999
This book kicks butt. I could not stand that the Draka won. This more than makes up for it. I
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on 18 April 1998
Although this book doesn't quite come up to Raj Whitehall series, (a rather lofty peak) it is still a page turner, much, much better tham most of the other stuff out there.
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on 4 July 2016
Great book
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