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  • Hardcover: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Baen Books (Sept. 1 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743471547
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743471541
  • Product Dimensions: 3.7 x 16.2 x 23.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 689 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,283,119 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Pentworth on Jan. 22 2004
Format: Hardcover
This book is quite an experience. I reread the book several times, it is that well written and that good. It is the best book I have read in years. It is both exciting and elevating. I hate to say it, but you will probably feel like a better person after reading it. It is philosophically, morally, and socially profound. It has a great story line and fantastic characters.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Matthew on Oct. 16 2013
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For anyone who likes hard anthropological science fiction (fans of cj cherryh for sure) this is a must read. Excellent character development, tight, fluid writing, alien aliens, all around a definite favorite of mine.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Nachison on March 11 2004
Format: Hardcover
In my long-term view, this is the best "cross cultural" SF war (or culture clash), I believe since the "moties" were created. The Jao conquerors are well developed aliens with a cultural set much the opposite of ours, though there are some similarities to our eastern cultures. The personality types (especially the repugnant "Earth Administrator" and his book long battle with another Jao family's "rising star" has many parallels in Earth history. These clashes go well with the proto and real revolts of earthlings (especially Americans). Earth's eventual freedom in the context of Jao culture and a coming third party war with another race (and its initial battles) and possible elimination of both Jao and Earth is a wonderful way to tie it all together. Thoroughly enjoyable; know your history and some philosophy. Read and enjoy !!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Arthur W. Jordin on Dec 7 2003
Format: Hardcover
The Course of Empire is a SF novel about a Terra conquered by an alien empire. This conquest was the most difficult in the entire history of the Joa people; even after twenty years of occupation, the Terrans have not yet been assimilated. Resistance groups still operate in the mountainous regions and riots still occur in the more heavily populated areas. Many of the troops that should have been reassigned after the conquest have been retained to suppress the resistance.
After the conquest, the Narvo kochan was given the oudh to govern Terra and that clan selected Oppuk krinnu ava Narvo to serve as Governor of the planet. The governor and his staff have a low opinion of the humans and this disdain extended down to the lowest levels of the Jao military. Indeed, most Jao consider the humans to only be clever animals, whose behavior is insane and whose mentality is incapable of understanding Jao ways.
In this novel, Aile krinna ava Pluthrak arrives on Terra to assume his duties as Subcommandant for Ground Forces, accompanied only by his fraghta, Yaut krinnu Jithra vau Pluthrak. His presence causes a great deal of consternation, since the Pluthrak kochan may be the most prestigious clan of the Jao, with the possible exception of their Narvo rivals.
Aile becomes even more notable when he starts adding Terrans as well as Jao to his personal service. The first to be added is PFC Gabe Tully, a jinau trooper in the ground forces. Later Aile adds Willard Beck, a human technician, and then Nath krinnu Tashnat vau Nimmat, a Jao supervisor at the Pascagoula refit facility.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mark E. Cooper on Oct. 17 2003
Format: Hardcover
This has got to be one of the best human/alien interaction books I have ever read. It's not so much that this story is about alien conflict, the story takes place twenty years after Earth is conquered, but rather about how humans and aliens learn to live and fight together for their common survival. What I found so great about this was the way the authors wove alien customs and thought processes into the story. The Jao were truly believable and there actions and motives came across as alien rather than being human with just an alien flavour as so many sci-fi novels seem to do.
Well worth the hardback cover price.
Mark E. Cooper
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