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  • Mass Market Paperback: 576 pages
  • Publisher: Baen; Reprint edition (Oct. 1 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743435656
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743435659
  • Product Dimensions: 18 x 10.3 x 3.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 281 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,373,880 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Format: Mass Market Paperback
I bought this book when it came out and even thinking it to be the last (wrongly) in the series I only got around to reading it last week, I think the story could have been wrapped up in three books. This book has all the usual Drake/Flint qualities of plot and action but is getting tedious, and with all the convoluted sub plots it is hard to keep track of who is where, doing what and do I really care? on the death of a major character I thought of Oscar Wilde's phrase 'One would have to have a heart of stone not to laugh'.
Drake/Flint seem to have little knowledge or feeling for the Roman Empire or army, there is no mention of regiments or army ranks, Belisarius seems to have no Headquarters staff or worries about remounts (a major factor with cavalry), other logistical problems are skated over, it's just Belisarius and his chums having fun. Every other word seems to be 'cataphract' this is the only word the authors seem to know when describing armored cavalry probably because Procopius & Decamp used it, the heavily armored Roman cavalry were the 'clibanarii' a term that never appears in any of the books. Unlike most of either authors' books this is a set that I probably won't re-read.
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I bought this book when it came out and even thinking it to be the last (wrongly) in the series I only got around to reading it last week, I think the story could have been wrapped up in three books. This book has all the usual Drake/Flint qualities of plot and action but is getting tedious, and with all the convoluted sub plots it is hard to keep track of who is where, doing what and do I really care? on the death of a major character I thought of Oscar Wilde's phrase 'One would have to have a heart of stone not to laugh'.
Drake/Flint seem to have little knowledge or feeling for the Roman Empire or army, there is no mention of regiments or army ranks, Belisarius seems to have no Headquarters staff or worries about remounts (a major factor with cavalry), other logistical problems are skated over, it's just Belisarius and his chums having fun. Every other word seems to be 'cataphract' this is the only word the authors seem to know when describing armored cavalry probably because Procopius & Decamp used it, the heavily armored Roman cavalry were the 'clibanarii' a term that never appears in any of the books. Unlike most of either authors' books this is a set that I probably won't re-read.
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Format: Hardcover
Belisarius's Byzantine army, equipped with 17th century weaponry, has wiped out the Malwa invasion of Persia. Yet the Malwa Empire, led by the future intelligence of Link, remains larger and more powerful than the combined Roman and Persian might. Only by taking the war to the Malwa in India itself can the world have a chance at victory--and to eliminate the destruction that Link will surely bring if not stopped.
In THE TIDE OF VICTORY, the Indian rebel forces, the Persians, the Romans, and allies Ethiopia and Kungas combine to attack Malwa from the south, northwest, and southwest. The Malwa are slowly adopting more modern weapons and tactics. Belesarius and his allies will have to up their own skills if they are to survive, let alone achieve victory.
THE TIDE OF VICTORY continues this fine alternative history series featuring Belisarius, the great Byzantine general--here equipped with a crystal intelligence that gives him access to knowledge of the great generals of the musket period---Grant, Sherman, Lee, Wellington, and King Gustav Adolf of Sweden.
The highlights of this novel comes in Belisarius's military campaign toward the end of the novel (which is reminiscent of Lee's Peninsula campaigns during the American Civil War), and especially in the doings of the other characters. Minor characters from earlier in the series now have major roles to play themselves. Antoinia, Belisarius's wife, can be cloying with Belisarius, but seems heroic apart from him. Eon, the Ethiopian King, has grown from a boy to a man--and hero. I especially liked the development of Narses--another historically significant Byzantine who, here, has betrayed the Roman cause and is now struggling to create a world where he, an intelligent, scheming, amoral eunich, can thrive.
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Format: Hardcover
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Overall the alterantive history series is good, very good actually. In general I recommend it. But...
As each new volume is released the characters begin to act more like comedians and less like actual people. It appears that the authors are trying to milk as much $$$ out of it as possible
The intra character quips which were charming in the first series are wearing really thin. The plot is pretty much done, we know whats going to happen, and who will do it, no mystery here.
I really cant believe this volume doesnt finish it up.
It would have been a great 3 book series! You can easily pull out the hokey banter (10%) the repeated quips (10%) the repetitive story lines (10%) and the history lessons for those who havent read the previous volumes (20%)
Of course you can filter and distill the 6 books (1 still unpublished) into 3 so that your left with a darn good story. But filtering out 40%-50% is burdensome. It gets so bad at times that I start skipping pages!
Im tired of hearing how big one characters breasts are, or how "only the soul matters in the end" or how one character looks like a weasel, and being told over and over again about past episodes that occured in earlier volumes etc. etc. etc ad nauseum...Sheesh...
This series could have been a classic, but it's degrading itself with every new volume. I still recommend the series, but thats more in the way of how bad most other works are, and how good this one "Could have been"
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