Berserker Kill

Berserker Kill

by Fred Saberhagen

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An ancient berserker, a gigantic space going killer machine programmed to destroy all life, seizes a space laboratory devoted to preserving a vast number of human zygotes. The zygotes are being stored for retrieval and growth in a future colonization project. Captain Dirac Sardou, whose wife and zygote were on the space vehicle, is obsessed with pursuit of the berserker. During the chase, mysteriously the laboratory, Captain Sardou’s ship, and the berserker disappear.
Three hundred years after the disappearance, evidence of the missing vehicles and the damaged berserker is found.
The would be rescuers are confounded. Why didn’t the berserker destroy the Captain’s ship? Why hasn’t the berserker destroyed the vessel filled with nascent life?
A fast paced space adventure.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940148744726
Publisher: JSS Literary Productions
Publication date: 09/22/2013
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 599,878
File size: 2 MB

About 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 Books 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:

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Berserker Kill (Berserker Series #11) 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Homechicken on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This Berserker book was quite good. The story kept me going the whole time, it was a real pageturner. This has to be my favorite Berserker novel so far, and I wish there was a part two!The story is a huge berserker ship comes out of a nebula after travelling through it for thousands of years without contact with other berserkers. It captures two humans aboard a scout ship and learns of a nearby Earth Descended Human settlement that has a special space station¿a colony ship with almost a billion human zygotes and the technology to grow them when needed. The berserker heads there, captures the station along with a few people stuck on board, and is pursued by a human fleet on its way back into the nebula. The fleet is pretty much decimated and the few survivors end up as prisoners on the space station as well. Three centuries pass and everyone pretty much forgot about the big berserker when a small fleet of berserkers raid the same planet and drop everything when they find a recorded account of the raid 300 years ago. They pursue the ship into the nebula with another human fleet right behind them. When the newly arrived berserkers attack the giant one, people begin to suspect something is amiss. It turns out that the large ¿berserker¿ is the last colony ship of The Builders, the ancient, thought-to-be-extinct race that built the berserkers in the first place. Their ship contained the last embryos and genetic material of their race and the ship¿s computers needed the hardware from the human space station (their stuff was destroyed and couldn¿t be rebuilt) to rebuild their race. And that¿s pretty much where the book ended! Arg! I so wanted to read more about this storyline!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago