Fitzpatrick's War

Fitzpatrick's War

by Theodore Judson

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ISBN-13: 9780756402716
Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
Publication date: 08/28/2005
Series: Daw Science Fiction Series
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 560
Product dimensions: 4.32(w) x 6.68(h) x 1.57(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

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Fitzpatrick's War 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
isabelx on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A sort of madness overcame us; we had an infinity of bullets and an infinity of Chinese before us. Every one of our men felt he was killing thousands. Our infantry fired ever round the teamsters could carry to them; they fired until the raindrops sizzled on the rifle barrels.. Death ran wild. How terrible it is, I thought, that the Yukons should be so good at this.It is the early 26th century and the Yukon Confederacy (whose lands include North America, Australia, Greenland, Iceland and the British isles) is the most powerful country in the world. From its beginnings as a agrarian organisation based in North America, To start with I was surprised to see references to knights and hereditary lords, the Union Jack, and money being described as pounds and quid, but I soon realised that this must be due to the Yukon Confederacy wanting to distinguish itself from the American government that they replacedThere is a steampunk feel to Yukon technology, since an emp field produced by satellites prevents the use of electricity on earth, and zeppelins are used for most long distance travel, as there are limitations to how high and fast steam-powered aeroplanes can fly. However, the Yukons have made advances in other areas, particularly with regard to technology with military applications, since they are a warlike society, whose men spend much of their lives in the armed forces. The human life span has also increased, with many citizens of the Yukon Confederacy living to 120 or more, as long as they avoid dying in an epidemic, being killed in a war, or being assassinated. A woman who died aged 81 is described as having died tragically early.The memoirs of the General Sir Robert Mayfair Bruce paint a dark portrait of national hero Lord Isaac Prophet Fitzpatrick, Consul of the Yukon confederacy Robert and Fitz met when they were student officers at the War College, and Robert continually found himself compromising his ideals as Fitz consolidated his power and embarked on his plan to conquer the whole world. Robert paints his close friend as a megalomaniac whose evil deeds were whitewashed after his death, while the historian who is re-publishing the memoirs in the late 26th century, apologises for publishing a scurrilous pack of lies written by a malicious and traitorous fantasist,. His copious footnotes draw attention to all the places that the memoirs disagree with the historical record, but reader can draw their own conclusion!I had never heard of this author before finding this book on a BookCrossing bookshelf, but I found this book extremely enjoyable, even though military science fiction is not usually my thing. The one thing I didn't like so much was Robert's strange and submissive relationship with his wife Charlotte which sI found jarring. Overall this book wouldn't have been half as good if it had been presented as an ordinary novel; the historian's introduction and footnotes really make the book worth reading.
clothingoptional on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Here is our future, writ large upon the bones of those who came before. Read it and weep.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I've drifted away from Science Fiction for awhile - too many books had overly complicated settings that took away from the story-telling or one-dimensional characters you've seen before too many times. It seems as if the SF scene is moving from an art to an industry. This book has definately drawn me back into it to see what's happened while I've been gone. I won't repeat the synopsis you've already read, but hopefully I can expand on it with a few observations. The book is like a confession of a man tortured by his conscience, but not tortured enough to do the right thing when it could of helped. They say the best SF really is about the present, and while none of us (I hope) is in a position to wipe out 20 million Chinese, but we can sympathize with Robert as he battles with his own growing sense of morality awoken by the better judgement of his wife, and his desire to win praise and approval from his friends who he feels lucky to be associated with. Along with it's critique on History and how it is spun, it's also very personal. I myself am recently married, and I found it amusing how Robert shifted from this brave macho warrior hanging out with his pals and how his wife shaped him into a more sensitive and caring man. The book is also greater than the sum of its parts. While I want to say the writer does suffer from normal flaws in a first work of fiction, I think the book stands as a great story on it's own, and deserves more than to be labeled a great book 'by a first-time writer'. Some of the characters and plot do seem forced (how come Robert didn't take a zepplin to India the first time?) but nothing breaks the suspension of disbelief necessary to read this kind of fiction, and the simplicity usually helps move the story along. I will say though be patient with things you suspect are plot holes, they will be revealed to not be (hey... if they don't have electricity, how can they...) I strongly urge everyone, especially those who've been disillusioned by SF lately, to pick this book up. I'd love to see more from this writer, he could probably write a few books just in the setting he builds but really only supplies tantalizing hints of, like one character being gone because she's out hunting in the forests of the island of Manhattan. I've bought plenty of books that I haven't gotten past the first chapter, but I read this book in a little under a week, it was too hard to put down.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was a book I picked up mainly becuase I thought the premise of it sounded very interesting. One of those things that if pulled off it could be a very good story, but if not would more then likely fail totally. I completely surprised by it. Not only didn't it fail, but it far surpassed anything I could have hoped for. In a time when a lot of sci fi seems to be variations upon the same couple of themes, this novel broke new ground. It was a truly original work and I can't wait to see what else Judson has in store for us.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Much of the population was destroyed in the storm times of the twenty first century and the world is without electricity, depending on steam for fuel. The Confederation of the Yukon, flying the flag of the Union Jack is the most powerful country in the world, assimilating Canada, the United States and Australia. It is a feudal age in which Lords and commoners have assigned roles in society and the history books laud Isaac Prophet Fitzpatrick, Consul and Supreme Commander as the heroic leader of his time.---- A book surfaces written by Sir Robert Mayfair Bruce, one of Fitzpatrick¿s closest and trusted friends, that the ruling elites do everything in their power to discredit. It paints Fitzpatrick as a megalomaniac who killed his own father in order to become the next consul; according to Sir Bruce, he declared war on China and Turkey, killing millions in his quest to rule the world; and his thirst for more power led those in his inner circle to turn against him. The Fitzpatrick portrayed in this book was no hero but a tyrant who craved, like his hero Alexandra the Great, ruling the world.---- The victors rewrite history and it is up to the audience to choose whether to believe Sir Robert or the many history books that make Fitzpatrick out to be a heroic leader. One factor in Sir Robert¿s favor is that he doesn¿t spare himself in the narrative. He freely admits he took part in the genocide ordered by the consul and betrayed the vows he took as a soldier. Theodore Judson has created a thought provoking science fiction tale that will leave readers pondering what a fact is.---- Harriet Klausner