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The Dance of Time is the sixth and concluding installment of Eric Flint and David Drake's Belisarius saga (An Oblique Approach, In the Heart of Darkness, Destiny's Shield, et al.), an epic alternate history revolving around the legendary sixth-century Byzantine general Belisarius. Here, he is involved in a no-holds-barred war, with nothing short of the entire hope of humankind at stake.
The India-based Malwa Empire is led by a monstrous human/machine interface whose mission is to change the past -- specifically, to defeat the Byzantine Empire -- so that the "New Gods" will have a stranglehold on the future. Standing against them is Belisarius who, with the help of a time-traveling crystalline entity, uses knowledge from the future -- grenades, cannons, ironclad ships, etc. -- to combat the empire's drive for world domination. But can one master strategist defeat an entire empire?
Fans of military-fueled alternate history sagas like John Birmingham's Axis of Time sequence and basically anything by Harry Turtledove (Ruled Britannia, Days of Infamy, et al.) are missing out if they haven't already read one or more of the books in Flint and Drake's Belisarius saga. Fast-paced, meticulously researched, and chock-full of bloody battles and hardcore strategic maneuvering, these novels succeed in achieving what all alternate histories set out to do: spark lively discussion about how the contemporary world would be different if a pivotal historical event or person had been altered or didn't exist. Paul Goat Allen