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Empire from the Ashes (Dahak Series #4)
     

Empire from the Ashes (Dahak Series #4)

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by David Weber
 

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For Colin MacIntyre, it began with a routine training flight over the moon. For Dahak, a self-aware Imperial battleship, it began millennia ago, standing guard against an unknown enemy which once devastated the galaxy-and now has returned. So Dahak grabbed MacIntyre's ship and informed him that he was drafted to be its new captain and lead the fight against the

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For Colin MacIntyre, it began with a routine training flight over the moon. For Dahak, a self-aware Imperial battleship, it began millennia ago, standing guard against an unknown enemy which once devastated the galaxy-and now has returned. So Dahak grabbed MacIntyre's ship and informed him that he was drafted to be its new captain and lead the fight against the ancient enemy.
MacIntyre had doubts that he could handle the job, but Dahak had definitely picked the right man. Before it was all over, MacIntyre would:
" Defeat a cadre of mutineers, formerly part of Dahak's crew, kept alive through untold generations by alien technology, who have been secretly manipulating life on earth for thousands of years . . .
" Mobilize the planet into a fighting force that might have a slender chance of stopping the ancient alien menace from eradicating all intelligent life in its path . . .
" And resurrect the ancient galactic empire, which had fallen into chaos and barbarism, with himself as Emperor-which meant that he immediately became the target of a plot to assassinate him, and strand his son and daughter on a planet where their chances of surviving in a superstitious pre-tech society would be zero for the average human . . .
Fortunately for the galaxy, Colin MacIntyre and his heirs have never even heard of average, and anyone, human or alien, who got in their way was going to be very, very sorry.

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KLIATT
Weber's trilogy about aliens on Earth?—?and elsewhere?—?has now been published in this single volume. Mutineers' Moon, the first "book," finds US Navy Lieutenant Colin MacIntyre on the moon. However, he discovers it is actually a huge alien spaceship that looks like a moon and has been there for centuries. Its computer, Dahak, accepts him and enhances him so that he can live for hundreds of years. When he returns to Earth, he also discovers that aliens have been in hiding there since the time they had to vacate the cybernetic moon. Reluctantly, Colin is pushed into becoming the Emperor of Humanity, and falls in love with one of the alien's daughters, Tanni. By the time of the second book, The Armageddon Intelligence, Colin and Tanni are the married parents of twins who will inherit the Earth, if they survive that long. The two alien factions become of public concern when their fighting harms Earth itself. By book three, Heirs of Empire, the fighting expands to other planets, and the now-teenaged twins are caught in the middle of it. The enhanced, talking dogs are a nice touch, but by book three the story largely consists of a series of battles and serious intrigue, and there's not enough character development or change to make this a psychological SF read. The writing and plot are straightforward, with good vs. evil mixed with some chaste romance. The first book seems the strongest and most nuanced; the rest seems to just play out the beginning assumptions. KLIATT Codes: JSA—Recommended for junior and senior high school students, advanced students, and adults. 2003, Baen, 774p., Ages 12 to adult.
—Dr. Lesley Farmer

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781416509332
Publisher:
Baen
Publication date:
02/28/2006
Series:
Dahak Series , #4
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
784
Sales rank:
280,261
Product dimensions:
9.50(w) x 6.30(h) x 1.30(d)

Meet the Author

David Weber is the science fiction phenomenon of the decade. His popular Honor Harrington novels are New York Times best sellers and can't come out fast enough for his devoted readers. In addition to the Honor Harrington series, he has written many top-selling science fiction novels, all for Baen, including Empire from the Ashes, The Apocalypse Troll, and The Excalibur Alternative. He has also begun a top-selling epic SF adventure series in collaboration with John Ringo, with four novels so far: March Upcountry, March to the Sea, March to the Stars and We Few. His Wind Rider's Oath (05/04), another New York Times best seller, continues his popular fantasy adventure series.

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Empire from the Ashes (Dahak Series #4) 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 22 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. It was the first David Weber book that I have read and I am now a David Weber fan. The way I can tell a really good book is by how long it takes me to read it and I read this book very quickly I had trouble putting it down. I really enjoy these type of books with galactic battles. I just ordered another 5 books by David Weber from the Honor Harrington series. If you like a lot of action and space battles this book is for you.
DenverE More than 1 year ago
Great Read - Free at Baen books, though...
_Perry More than 1 year ago
This is a complilation of 3 David Weber books into one. The first story Mutineers' Moon at first was really off the wall. The moon as an UFO? Come on, you have got to be kidding me. Then it grew on me and it turned out to be pretty cool and then I was begging for more. Armageddon Inheritance, and Heirs of Empire were action packed and I want to see more in the series. Have fun reading them!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was the first "book" (it's actually a trilogy) I ever read by Mr. Weber and it completely sold me on his being the premiere sf author of the modern generation. I have since read almost everything Mr. Weber has written of the space-opera genre and have rarely been disappointed. I am not a fan of his Safehold series, but I am of his Honor Harrington series, though curiously enough, not because of the title character who I find to be too "perfect" and, to me, a bit two dimensional; the supporting "cast" in the guise of Michelle Henke, Ivars Terekhov, et al are far more interesting than Honor Harrington. Digression aside, I rate Ashes only second to Mr. Weber's "In Fury Born" (another don't-miss trilogy) in terms of story line (a bit on the fantasy side, I admit, but not overly so), character development, frenetic action and just plain readability. I like Ashes and Fury so much that I own both the hard-cover print and the Nook ebook versions of each. A word of warning: my Nook ebook version of Ashes suffers from dropped pages that can be very annoying, especially when the droppage occurs during an action narrative. Even with this glitch, I highly reccommend Ashes.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
With respect B&N. I have all ready purchaced this book. The lack of your system to deal with this issue has caused me to buy books I have paid for. This, and the habit some authors have of "re-title" a book has has been a dissapoitment to me and possibly others?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just buy it, you will love it
Thome216 More than 1 year ago
The first Weber book I read was Mutineer's Moon, and I loved it from the start. Unlike his later books which start to barge too deeply into politics, (i.e. the later books of the Honorverse) this is pure SF action at a grand scale. Although when I first found this book on the shelf I thought it was a NEW book in the series. I was disappointed. But I bought it anyway, even though I already had the previous individual books. I like this series that much! And I want more of it. Come on Mr. Weber, return to this series, and if you're questing for ideas, how about introducing the decedents of one of those 'disappeared' planetoids you referred to...
Guest More than 1 year ago
What a great book... Action Action Action. I could not put it down. I do hope there is more to this series.Young sean Will rule the empire well.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wonderful
The_Qman More than 1 year ago
Read the first two chapters and you'll be hooked. Especially if you are a fan of David's storytelling without a lot of "technical" details. *NOTE: This is an "Omnibus" or *compilation* of the first 3 (and currently only) books of this series. That's actually the good part. The better part is that it's the only version of Mutineers moon I was able to find in hardback. The only downside is I thought this was a 4th book in the series and purchased it based on that premise. However, once I started reading it - and quickly realized what I'd done - it was too late, I continued reading until I'd read all three books a third (fourth, fifth?) time and again thought there really needs to be a 4th and final book to bring complete closure to this saga. Perhaps when the Honor Harrington series is finally finished? *NOTE: I would also recommend that you read the first two chapters here online before reading the 'official' overview or other reviews here that include *spoilers* without the alerts.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A great omnibus but what about the kids? Colin did his part, and did it well. His kid's story aught to be excellent .
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jrl17 More than 1 year ago
Great read
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Guest More than 1 year ago
You did the same thing with a 'Path of Fury' and maybe a Bolo trilogy. Not a continuation of the series, just putting them in a collection. I actually bought one of them, before realizing it was just a collection. Quit being lazy, continue one of the series. Nuff said, like all your stuff more than anything!