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Sequel to The Heretic, Book 10 in the nationally best-selling General series.
FROM HERETIC TO SAVIOR Duisberg is one of thousands of planets plunged into darkness and chaos by the collapse of the galactic republic, but where other worlds have begun to rebuild a star-travelling culture, Duisberg remains in an uneasy balance between mud-brick civilization and bloodthirsty barbarism. The people of Duisberg have a god: Zentrum, a supercomputer from the ancient past. Zentrum has decided avoid another collapse by preventing civilization from rising from where it is. This is known as the Stasis. And because even a supercomputer and the powerful religion which it founded cannot block all progress, Zentrum has another tool: every few centuries the barbarians sweep in from the desert, slaughtering the educated classes and cowing the peasants back into submission. These are the Blood Winds, and the Blood Winds are about to blow again. This time, however, there's a difference: Abel Dashian, son of a military officer, has received into his mind the spirit of Raj Whitehall, the most successful general in the history of the planet Bellevue—and of Center, the supercomputer which enabled Raj to shatter his planet's barbarians and permit the return of civilization. One hero can't stop the tide of barbarians unless he has his own culture supporting him. To save Duisberg, Abel must conquer the very land of his origin and attempt to destroy the computer A.I. “god” who has doomed his world to an everlasting Dark Age. Abel is a heretic, but now he must go beyond and become—THE SAVIOR.
About The Savior: ". . . the cost in blood is high and the descriptions of gunpowder age tactics are solid . . . conceptually intriguing."–Publishers Weekly
About The Savior prequel, The Heretic: “More than once, I envied Abel’s ‘gift.’ If you count having the voice of a computer and the recreation of a famous general in your head as a gift . . . An interesting relationship that elevates [the novel] to something unique. . .I loved the battles and I found Abel to be an engaging character. I adored Golitsin, his priest friend.”—SF Crowsnest
About the Raj Whitehall series: “[T]old with knowledge of military tactics and hardware, and vividly described action . . . devotees of military SF should enjoy themselves.”—Publishers Weekly
“[A] thoroughly engrossing military sf series . . . superb battle scenes, ingenious weaponry and tactics, homages to Kipling, and many other goodies. High fun.”—Booklist
About David Drake: “[P]rose as cold and hard s the metal alloy of a tank … rivals Crane and Remarque …” –Chicago Sun-Times
“Drake couldn’t write a bad action scene at gunpoint.” –Booklist
About Tony Daniel: “[D]azzling stuff.”–New York Times Book Review
“[His work] teems with vivid characters and surprising action.”–Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Daniel proves that the Golden Age of science fiction is right here and now.”–Greg Bear “[A] large cast of utterly graspable humans, mostly military and political folks, of all ranks and capacities and temperments. Daniel has a keen eye for the kinds of in extremis thinking and behavior that such a wartime situation would engender. . . . Following in the footsteps of Poul Anderson and Greg Bear . . .”—Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine on Daniel's Guardian of Night
The General Series The Forge S. M. Stirling David Drake
The Hammer S. M. Stirling David Drake
The Anvil S. M. Stirling David Drake
The Steel S. M. Stirling David Drake
The Sword S. M. Stirling David Drake
The Chosen S. M. Stirling David Drake
The Reformer S. M. Stirling David Drake
The Tyrant Eric Flint David Drake
The Heretic Tony Daniel David Drake
The Savior Tony Daniel David Drake
Omnibus Editions Warlord David Drake S. M. Stirling Contains The Forge and The Hammer
Conqueror David Drake S. M. Stirling Contains The Anvil and The Steel Hope Reborn David Drake S. M. Stirling Contains The Forge and The Hammer
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The Army took David Drake from Duke Law School and sent him on a motorized tour of Viet Nam and Cambodia with the 11th Cav, the Blackhorse. He learned new skills, saw interesting sights, and met exotic people who hadn't run fast enough to get away. Dave returned to become Chapel Hill's Assistant Town Attorney and to try to put his life back together through fiction making sense of his Army experiences. Dave describes war from where he saw it: the loader's hatch of a tank in Cambodia. His military experience, combined with his formal education in history and Latin, has made him one of the foremost writers of realistic action SF and fantasy. His books include the genre-defining and bestselling Hammer’s Slammers series, the RCN series including What Distant Deeps, In the Stormy Red Sky, The Way to Glory, and many more. His bestselling Hammer's Slammers series is credited with creating the genre of modern Military SF. He often wishes he had a less interesting background. Dave lives with his family in rural North Carolina.
Tony Daniel is the author of eight science fiction books, the latest of which is Guardian of Night, as well as an award-winning short story collection, The Robot’s Twilight Companion. He is the coauthor, with David Drake, of General series entries The Heretic and The Savior. He is also the author of Star Trek Original Series novels Devil's Bargain and Savage Trade. Daniel is a Hugo finalist for his story “Life on the Moon,” which also won the Asimov’s Reader’s Choice Award. Daniel’s short fiction has been much anthologized and has been collected in multiple year’s best compilations. Daniel has also cowritten screenplays for SyFy Channel and the Chiller Chanel. During the early 2000s was the writer and director of numerous audio dramas for critically-acclaimed SCIFI.COM’s Seeing Ear Theatre. Born in Alabama, Daniel has lived in St. Louis, Los Angeles, Seattle, Prague, and New York City. He now lives in Wake Forest, North Carolina with his wife and two children.