Berserker Prime [NOOK Book]

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From book jacket of Tor hardcover: Master storyteller Fred Saberhagen continues his bestselling Berserker? series, detailing humanity's war with the dreaded juggernaut-like machines programmed to destroy all life in the galaxy.
In the Twin World planets, Prairie and Timber, Plenipotentiary Gregor is determined to serve his government. Even if it means executing innocent Huvean hostages, invaders from another planet. And even though Gregor's ...
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Overview

From book jacket of Tor hardcover: Master storyteller Fred Saberhagen continues his bestselling Berserker© series, detailing humanity's war with the dreaded juggernaut-like machines programmed to destroy all life in the galaxy.
In the Twin World planets, Prairie and Timber, Plenipotentiary Gregor is determined to serve his government. Even if it means executing innocent Huvean hostages, invaders from another planet. And even though Gregor's granddaughter, Luon, is in love with Reggie, a Huvean.
But now the Berserkers are threatening the Twin Worlds crashing a scoutship, capturing the planets' president, and reprogramming his brain to suit their violent agenda. And only the Huveans, in a desperate reprieve, can save the Twin Worlds' populace from annihilation.
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Editorial Reviews

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"Berserker" is the name given to the dreadnought of unknown origin that invades the twin-planet system of Prairie and Timber just as it's on the brink of war with the Huveans of another system - and as Belgola, the Twin Worlds president, is turning his rule over to a computer. … The heroes are larger than life, the robotic enemies implacable in their evil. … this is a dependable read for fans of Saberhagen or space opera, Copyright © Reed Business Information
Roland Green
The Twin Worlds, Prairie and Timber… face the threat of invading Huevans. And then come the Berserkers, and the Huevans become a very secondary problem. … Saberhagen … makes the collaborators more understandable and the Berserkers even more terrifying. … action and suspense remain abundant as ever. … keep the series going for as long as Saberhagen wishes, which will probably not be as long as most dedicated readers would like.
Jason Finley
Solarians' first encounter with the Berserkers, and subsequent realization that they must unite to survive … mesmerizing plight of humans taken prisoner by a Berserker … well-written passages that get inside the Berserker's "head," … two characters from previous Berserker books … a good, solid adventure with a number of surprises and interesting points that fans of the series will certainly enjoy.
A. Solipso
With Berserkers … Saberhagen tuned us into one of fantasy's great concepts. Other authors may have touched … he brought the concept into focus. "Berserker Prime" is a prequel … two human solar systems are about to engage in war, one is invaded by a fifty-kilometer long spaceship … heroes and villains have personalities … Action is intense, and death is aplenty. Yet science and logic are respected, within reason.
Harriet Klausner
Fans of the Berserker series will enjoy … The story line is fast-paced and filled with plenty of action and the usual Cecil DeMille-size cast. Though the valiant good guys without thought are willing to die for the Twin-Huvean cause, the Berserker robots are as malevolent as ever. … Though quite predictable as a normal Berserker entry, this still remains a prime space opera.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940014480635
  • Publisher: JSS Literary Productions
  • Publication date: 5/2/2012
  • Series: Saberhagen's Berserker Series , #16
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 396
  • Sales rank: 490,849
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Fred Saberhagen is widely published in many areas of speculative fiction. He is best known for his Berserker, Swords, and Dracula series. Less known are the myth based fantasies in the series Book of the Gods. Fred also authored a number of non-series fantasy and science fiction novels and a great number of short stories. For more information on Fred visit his website: www.fredsaberhagen.com
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2004

    solid but typical Berserker tale

    The inhabitants of the twin planets Prairie and Timber feel euphoric having defeated the Huvean invasion. However, as Plenitpotenary Gregor prepares to have the Huvean prisoners executed over the objection of his granddaughter Luon who loves a Huvean, the Berserkers invade the twin-planets. The Twins do not know much about these robots except that they are ancient construct killing machines. Ironically, only the Huvean might be able to stop the raiders, but they are prisoners with death awaiting them. Will the Plenitpotenary negotiate life for life or will he remain stubborn in face of the Berserker assault that means with no help certain Twin pandemic genocide? <P>Fans of the Berserker series will enjoy this solid but typical ninth book. The story line is fast-paced and filled with plenty of action and the usual Cecil DeMille-size cast. Though the valiant good guys without thought are willing to die for the Twin-Huvean cause, the Berserker robots are as malevolent as ever. An interesting underlying theme throughout the plot is Fred Saberhagan¿s Laws of Robotics: (1) a simple output is better generated by machine; (2) situations when values should determine outcomes, humanity needs to supersede computers. Though quite predictable as a normal Berserker entry, this still remains a prime space opera. <P>Harriet Klausner

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