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TIDE OF VICTORY [Hardcover]

ERIC FLINT
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From Publishers Weekly

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.

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From Library Journal

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.

From Booklist

The fifth volume of the big, exuberant Belisarius saga is appropriately titled, for in it the alliance of Romans, Persians, and Ethiopians takes to sea to bring war to the coasts of the Malwa empire. This move strikes at the heart of the Malwa forces and encourages their rebellious subjects--at high cost, however, for the Malwa are as determined, if not as numerous, as ever, and fighting in what is now northwest India and on the coasts is fierce and bloody. New maritime technology makes the allies more effective at sea but doesn't prevent some desperate last stands or save the attractive young Ethiopian emperor from a mortal wound. The main hope for allied victory lies in the fact that some of the Malwa's comrades in arms are beginning to have second thoughts, and that Narses, the treacherous eunuch, seems more capable than ever of betraying three or four different parties before breakfast. Meanwhile, the saga continues to be a feast for any military sf reader with a sense of humor. Roland Green
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