Reviewed By: Harriet Klausner
The Stars at War II
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David Weber , Steve White
Class/Genre: Science Fiction Military Space Opera
Series: Human-Orion Universe / Starfire
Baen, Jul 2005, $27.00
“Shiva Option”. The enemy’s first and only directive is that all other species, sentient or not, is food. Humanity and its three ally races that form the Grand Alliance are under siege, losing the war to the Bugs. Efforts to communicate and forge a truce leading to peace have failed as the Bugs refuse to communicate or perhaps are unable to communicate with beings they consider beneath them on their food chain. Death apparently awaits humanity.
“Insurrection”. Several generations have passed since the Fourth Interstellar War against the Bugs (see The Shiva Option). The central Corporate Worlds of the Terran Federation refuse to relinquish their war powers though the hostilities are over. They control everything while the Fringe Worlds pay the price. However that is not enough for the avaricious leaders of the Corporate Worlds as they want more power. To expedite matters by causing chaos in the Fringe Worlds, a Corporate World agent assassinates Fringe Worlds leader Fionna MacTaggart. Rebellion explodes on Fionna's home planet. The Terran Federation Navy arrives to put down the revolt by force but instead the crews mutiny refusing to kill fellow citizens; soon rebellion spreads across the Federation leaving the Federation reeling near death.
These are two reprints of early 1990s space operas combined into one book. “The Shiva Option” remains one of the most exciting thought provoking thrillers of the past two decades. “Insurrection” is also a well written action thriller as a domino effect leads the Terran Federation on the brink of a supernova, but does not contain the cerebral punch of “The Shiva Option” because much of the cast are throwaways.
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