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The Shiva Option (Starfire Series #4)
     

The Shiva Option (Starfire Series #4)

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by David Weber, Steve White
 

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Defeat was not an option. The war wasn't going well. The mind-numbingly alien Arachnids were an enemy whose like no civilized race had ever confronted. Like some carnivorous cancer, the "Bugs" had overrun planet after planet ... and they regarded any competing sentient species as only one more protein source. They couldn't be reasoned with, or even talked to, because

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The Shiva Option (Starfire Series #4) 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Jonny-Morbid More than 1 year ago
This is a good sequel in that it provided what I wanted in the subgenre of Military Sci-Fi: Lots & lots of starfleet battles with HUGE ships pounding on each other with anti-matter warheads. But to kick it up a notch, Weber/White add another exciting element to their starship carnage: Planet Killing. This is what the "The Shiva Option" is--outright violent extermination of the enemies homeworlds till there is nothing left but ash; blowing apart planets with anti-matter missiles & allowing the generated fireballs to produce tsunamis, firestorms & earthquakes to do their genecidal work. It's a fun read, especially if you're a fan of the 1st novel in the series about the Human/Orion alliance's battle with the Bugs. It is a long book, but it does keep your attention in that you want to know what is going to happen in the end. I was pleased that this novel brings the Bug War to a satisfying conclusion & not ending on a cliffhanger. Yes, they do seed the story with possibilities of the Bugs returning in the future but it will take a long time for them to get to this point. Good. We don't need another series that goes on for 10 or 12, 700-1,000+ page novels--we have Honor Harrington for that. Will I read Weber's Honor series now that I've tried his Starfire series? Maybe. But I think I like his Starfire series better because of the focus on starfleet battles. I'm a huge fan of the WWI naval history of Jutland--trying to imagine what a battle like that is like--& I'm a huge fan of Sci-Fi, so the Starfire series provides me with both with huge satisfaction. I hope Weber/White work on another in the series soon--taking their starfleet battles to a new area in space & story.
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it was very good even though it was so long i was interested in the book the whole way through.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have read all of the Terran-Orion books that Weber and White have written. I loved them all, but 'The Shive Option' was by far the best, with 'In Death Ground' being the next. When I saw that 'The Shive Option' was finally released, it took me about 5 minutes to get through the first few chapters because i had been wanting this book for so long. Anyone who is a Military Sci-Fi fan must get this book, as well as the other titles set in this universe. All of them are well written and can trap your mind in ways that don't even seem concievable at the time. It also felt good to finally see how the war that was started in 'In Death Ground' ended.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I had never before read any of David Weber's novels before, but when I bought this book on a whim, i was immediately addicted! Not only was this a great stand-alone story, but it made me want to read the other books in this series...at first, the acronyms may be cumbersome, but the book goes in depth explaining them, so even a first-time reader could understand. An awesome read!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really enjoy fast paced,well written,military action sci-fi. When 'In Deaths Ground' was published, I really enjoyed the story line and characters. However, the end of the book left me, and many others I am sure, hungry for more. Finally, 'The Shiva Option' has arrived and the 2 year wait was worth it!! Mr White and Mr. Weber delivered the goods. The story picked right up where it left off and blazed away. The action, characters and story line were top notch. A must read for any Military Sci-Fi reader.