Belisarius I: Thunder at Dawn

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Two complete novels in one volume—the beginning of the Belisarius saga.

An Oblique Approach: In northern India the Malwa have created an empire of unexampled evil. Guided or possessed by an intelligence from beyond time, with new weapons, old treachery, and an implacable will to power, the Malwa will sweep over the whole Earth. Only three things stand between the Malwa and their plan of eternal domination: the empire of Rome in the East, ...

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Overview

Two complete novels in one volume—the beginning of the Belisarius saga.

An Oblique Approach: In northern India the Malwa have created an empire of unexampled evil. Guided or possessed by an intelligence from beyond time, with new weapons, old treachery, and an implacable will to power, the Malwa will sweep over the whole Earth. Only three things stand between the Malwa and their plan of eternal domination: the empire of Rome in the East, Byzantium; a crystal with vision; and a man named Belisarius, the greatest commander Earth has ever known.

In the Heart of Darkness: Having conquered sixth century India, the Malwa Empire is forging the subcontinent's vast population into an invincible weapon of tyranny. Belisarius, the finest general of his age, must save the world. Guided by visions from a future that may never be, he and a band of comrades penetrate the Malwa heartland, seeking the core of the enemy's power. And when Belisarius leads the forces of good, only a fool would side with evil.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781416555681
  • Publisher: Baen
  • Publication date: 9/2/2008
  • Series: Belisarius Series
  • Pages: 784
  • Product dimensions: 6.24 (w) x 11.04 (h) x 1.65 (d)

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David Drake was attending Duke University Law School when he was drafted. He served the next two years in the Army, spending 1970 as an enlisted interrogator with the 11th armored Cavalry in Viet Nam and Cambodia. Upon return he completed his law degree at Duke and was for eight years Assistant Town Attorney for Chapel Hill, North Carolina. He has been a full-time freelance writer since 1981. Besides the bestselling Hammer’s Slammers series, his books for Baen include the Lt. Leary series, the latest being The Way to Glory, and the Belisarius series, written in collaboration with Eric Flint, the first two novels of which are now combined in ((TITLE??)).

Eric Flint is the New York Times best-selling author of the Ring of Fire alternate history series, the first of which is 1632. His impressive first novel, Mother of Demons (Baen), was selected by SF Chronicle as one of the best novels of 1997. In addition to his collaborations with David Drake, he has also joined forces with David Weber in 1633 and the New York Times best seller 1634: The Baltic War, both novels in the Ring of Fire series, and on Crown of Slaves, a best of the year pick by Publishers Weekly. Flint received his masters degree in history from UCLA and was for many years a labor union activist. He lives in East Chicago, IL, with his wife and is working on more books in the best-selling Ring of Fire series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 14, 2008

    The tales are well written especially the first fascinating one

    'An Oblique Approach'. Byzantium Emperor Justinian selected his Thracian bodyguard to lead his army. On the way to assume his command role, Monk Michael of Macedonia and Bishop Anthony Cassian meet with him. They give him a crystal that he grasps he sees Northern India's Malwa Empire conquering the world, leaving a path of destruction and death no one could envision. He and trusted allies begin a top secret project to insure his vision of the future never occurs even as he begins rebuilding the army at Daras. However they lack solid Intel about their future foe or they would know something beyond human understanding is guiding the deadly treacherous Malwa.------------------- 'In the Heart of Darkness'. In India seeking intelligence on the enemy and assisted by the futuristic Aide though that intelligence makes little sense to the Byzantium general, Belisarius meets with Lord Venandakatra insisting he will switch sides for the right price. However, he also sets up a ploy to liberate Princess Shakuntala, the last survivor of the Satavahana dynasty over run by the Malwa. He tries to hide his duplicity he succeeds until he meets his archenemy Link the future supercomputer who possesses the body of a Malwa. Realizing Link can 'read' him Belisarus and his comrades are forced to flee.--------------- These two reprints are the opening acts of the Belisarius alternate history saga as two opposing groups from the future intervene in Justinian¿s ¿present¿ era. The tales are well written especially the first fascinating one. However, ¿In the Heart of Darkness¿ is a mixed bag as readers fully grasp the differences between the methodologies employed by the futurists with their respective intervention, but the era does not come alive as much as it should (as the plot especially early does in ¿An Oblique Approach¿). Still sub-genre fans will enjoy this reprint of a fine saga that blends real historical fifth century persona with fictional intruders from the future.------------- Harriet Klausner

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