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High spirits and ingenuity mark the fifth volume in the Belisarius series from veteran Drake (Foreign Legions) and relative newcomer Flint (The Philosophical Strangler), who have devised an intriguing premise and developed it intelligently. Agents from two mutually exclusive futures travel back to the sixth century and begin to steer history in conflicting directions. One wants to mold humanity into a single pattern and is directing a ruthless, fanatical empire based in India but designed to take over the world; the other accepts human diversity and attempts to rally the quarreling nations of Asia and Africa to resist domination. Fortunately, the benign intelligence has teamed up with the Roman general Belisarius, a military genius with a gift for coordinating people as well as army maneuvers. This novel focuses on Belisarius's invasion of India. With all military history to draw on and action scattered across several continents, the story races through many scenes as steamboats launch Greek fire, telegraph lines connect the Romans and their allies and delicious palace intrigues simmer. The far-ranging locations and huge cast of characters may be confusing, but the book does include maps and a long glossary of names, places and unfamiliar vocabulary. More seriously, readers might wish for fewer conferences during which characters cheerfully congratulate themselves on how clever they are. Overall, though, the fascination of seeing familiar tactics applied in unfamiliar situations makes this novel a winner.
Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.
Guided by a crystalline entity from the future, General Belisarius's Roman armies continue their campaign into the land of Indus, seeking to thwart the malign plans of the Malwa overlord. Flint's fifth installment of his popular alternate history series (e.g., An Oblique Approach; In the Heart of Darkness) depicts ancient history as it never was, complete with alien intelligences, 20th-century technology, and modern sensibilities. Purchase where the series is popular.
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Great, great, great book. I especially enjoy a great series since I sometimes read 2 to 3 books a week. Read morePublished on June 16 2004 by Michael Lynn Mcguire
I've been reading and re-reading this series. I WANT the next one! There was a "Coming Soon" on the inside cover of my paperback for the next (last? Read morePublished on March 13 2004 by Michael J. Stern
The characters almost step off the pages. I really enjoyed the book and can't wait till the next in the series.Published on Sept. 9 2003
I like the whole series alot. It is very fun to read. I gave The Tide of Victory five stars because it deserves it. If you enjoy history than you would enjoy the whole series.Published on Feb. 24 2003
The series is starting to get long. However,this book was still entertaining and the war between the Link and Rome has progressed pretty fast. Read morePublished on June 16 2002 by Amazon Customer
This is the 5th in the series. You almost need to read the first four to really know what's going on. Read morePublished on Feb. 18 2002 by Amazon Customer
Don't get me wrong, this is a great series... up until now. What was great in the previous novels? 1) Brutal, non-glossed battle descriptions! Read morePublished on Nov. 18 2001
A great continuing series. Can't wait for Vol. 6, The Dance of TimePublished on Aug. 25 2001 by Jerry Merchant