The Shiva Option [NOOK Book]

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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 no ...
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Overview

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 no one had the least idea of how to communicate with a telepathic species with no recognizable language . . . and whose response to any communication attempt was a missile salvo. No one knew how large their civilization—if it could be called a ""civilization""—actually was, or how it was organized, but the huge fleets they threw against their opponents suggested that it was enormous.

The Grand Alliance of Humans, Orions, Ophiuchi, and Gorm, united in desperate self-defense, have been driven to the wall. Billions of their civilians have been slaughtered. Their most powerful offensive operation has ended in shattering defeat and the deaths of their most experienced and revered military commanders. The edge in technology with which they began the war is eroding out from under them and whatever they do, the Bugs just keep coming.

But the warriors of the Grand Alliance know what stands behind them and they will surrender no more civilians to the oncoming juggernaut. They will die first . . . and they will also reactivate General Directive 18, however horrible it may be. Because when the only possible outcomes are victory or racial extermination, only one option is acceptable.

The Shiva Option.

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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940148518204
  • Publisher: Baen
  • Publication date: 2/1/2002
  • Series: Starfire , #4
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 688
  • Sales rank: 90,718
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

A lifetime military history buff, David Weber has carried his interest in history into his fiction.  In the New York Times best selling Honor Harrington series, the spirit of both C.S. Forester's Horatio Hornblower and history's Admiral Nelson are evident.  With over five million copies of his books in print, David Weber is the fastest rising star in the Science Fiction universe.  His Honor Harrington series boasts over 3 million copies in print, and Weber has had over thirteen of his titles on The New York Times Best Seller List.  War of Honor, book 10 in the series appeared on over twelve Best Seller lists, including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and USA TODAY.
While he is best known for his spirited, modern-minded space operas, he has also developed a fantasy series, of which two books have been published:  Oath of Swords and The War God's Own.  David's solo work also includes three novels of the ""Dahak"" series, and the stand alone novels:  Path of the Fury and The Excalibur Alternative.
Weber's first published novels grew out of his work as a war game designer for the Task Force game Starfire.  With collaborator Steve White, Weber has written four novels set in that universe: Insurrection, Crusade, In Death Ground, and The Shiva Option. 
Recent bestsellers in planetary adventures also include the teamwork of John Ringo in the best selling Empire of Man series where the titles March Upcountry, March to the Sea, March to the Stars and We Few have made appearances on The New York Times List.
Weber's proliferation continues with author Eric Flint, where they joined forces in the Best Selling "Ring of Fire" alternate history series, for 1634: The Baltic War, coming in May.
A popular guest at science fiction conventions, Weber makes his home in South Carolina with his wife Sharon, three children and a passel of dogs.
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  • Posted December 5, 2009

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    My 2nd Military Sci-Fi book

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 23, 2004

    that book was great

    it was very good even though it was so long i was interested in the book the whole way through.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 1, 2004

    One of the best books I have ever read!!!!!

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2004

    AWESOME!!!!

    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!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 6, 2002

    Ahhh... Finally the rest of the story!!!

    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.

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