In northern India the Malwa have created an empire of unexampled evil. Guided or possessed by an intelligence from beyond time, with new weapons, old treachery, and an implacable will to power, the Malwa will sweep over the whole Earth. Only three things stand between the Malwa and their plan of eternal domination: <P>Byzantium. The Empire of Rome in the East. Compared to what the Malwa are creating, think of it as Camelot. <P>A crystal with a vision. It brings a warning for all mankind regarding the Malwa, and a simple instruction: fight. If you lose, commit suicide. <P>And a man -- Belisarius. He is arguably the greatest commander Earth has ever known. Fortunately he above all men understands that war is not just a matter of weapons, but of the men who use them -- and most especially of the man who commands those men. Threatened by imperial suspicion and Malwa conspiracies, impeded by border wars, target of spies and hired assassins, Belisarius must journey into the very heart of the Malwa empire as the first step in preventing the crystal's nightmare vision from becoming the real future of us all. And while he and the heroic band he leads are used to betting their lives, now what is at stake is Eternity.
Old Nathan looks back on his life, which started in the 1700s, and remembers key episodes, of how he used his magic to help other people.
In his popular Hammer's Slammers series, Vietnam veteran Drake tells a military story like no other, set on warring planets in need of the mercenary services of Colonel Hammer and his men.
In the world of the Isles, the elemental forces of magic are rising to a thousand-year peak. A small band of companions has set forth across a world in the process of transformation in search of their destinies. Their epic adventure continues.
They were Roman soldiers-- and they were still alive because there were no better killers in the galaxy. The Galactics need fighters who could win battles without the aid of technology. That's why, when Rome's legions suffered disaster at Carrhae, secretive alien traders were waiting to buy them on the Persian slave market. Now, virtually immortal, the Romans fight strange enemies on stranger worlds; and though they win every battle, the spoils of victory never include freedom. If the legionaries are ever to return to Earth, it must be through the beam weapons and force screens of their ruthless alien owners. But no matter the odds, two thousand years is a long time; the Romans are coming home.
Major Arthur Farrell and the troops of Strike Force Company C41 had seen too much war and they had too many screaming memories to be fit for combat again--but they were far too dangerous to themselves and others to be returned to civilian life. When their last mission went horribly wrong, Farrell and his troops found their lives on the line as never before, protecting civilians to whom bureaucratic injustice was a new experience.
This is a part of the General Series and takes place after Raj has led his planet back to the stars.
Earth is a dead cinder and the last of the human race struggles for survival beneath the dense clouds of Venus. Two courageous visionaries--the fighting men Brainard and Gordon--must struggle through the hellish surface jungles, but if they fail, both Venus and Mankind will die.
Gangs rule Cantilucca. Two syndicates dominate the planet. Guns are the only law. Both sides are arming for a bloody showdown that can only end with a handful of survivors sifting for subsistence in the ruins of what could be a rich world. Then the survey team arrives... David Drake introduces a new kind of "Hammer's Slammer".
A new science fiction space epic from the author of Hammer's Slammers. The Empress of Earth, the finest passenger liner in the galaxy, carries 6,000 people through multiple universes to land on raw, often violent worlds--but the crew will have their work cut out for them on this hostile voyage.
When a planetary government faces destruction, they do the only thing at might save them--they hire Hammer's Slammers, the toughest, meanest bunch of mercs who ever wrecked a world for pay. Known throughout the galaxy for their cold, ruthless ferocity, the men of Colonel Hammer's indomitable armored brigade routinely accept impossible missions. Their chances may not be good--but those who oppose them have no chance at all!
5th in the Belisarius series Aide, a representative of a crystalline race from the far distant future, is sent back to 6th century Byzantium to give humanity a fighting chance
An evil Empire rules the north of Hafardine's single great continent. The task of saving the planet comes down to two men; if either man succeeds, it will have to be through the other's ruin.
Contains the first two books of the Generals Series, Forge and The Hammer, a story about one man's journey to give technology back to his crumbling society.
Three stories by the contemporary masters of sci-fi. "Ms. Midshipwoman Harrington" by David Weber "Islands" by Eric Flint "Choosing Sides" by David Drake
This is the fourth book in the RCN series and follows, "The Far Side of the Stars". Science fiction.
NO REST FOR THE WEARY - Captain Daniel Leary and his friend, the spy Adele Mundy, have been in the front lines of Cinnabar's struggle against the totalitarian Alliance. Now these galactic superpowers have signed a peace of mutual exhaustion--But the jackals are moving in! The Republic of Cinnabar was on the verge of collapse under the weight of taxes, casualties, and war's disruption of trade. That the Alliance of Free Stars was in even worse condition helped only because it has made peace possible. Years of war have been hard on Daniel and harder still on Adele, whose life outside information-gathering is a tightrope between despair and deadly violence. Their masters in the RCN and the Republic's intelligence service have sent them to the fringes of human space to relax away from danger. But the barbarians of the outer reaches have their own plans, plans which will bring down both Cinnabar and the Alliance. The enemies of peace include traitors, giant reptiles, and barbarian pirates whose ships can outsail even Daniel Leary's splendid corvette, the Princess Cecile. Unless Daniel, Adele, and their unlikely allies succeed, galactic civilization will disintegrate into blood and chaos. So they will succeed - or they'll die trying!
From the author's note: The business of When the Tide Rises is taken largely from real events in Chile, Peru, and Brazil. The major naval action, however, is based on the 1811 Battle of Lissa. (The 1866 Battle of Lissa is fascinating, but in fiction you couldn't make one side as incompetent as the historical losing side was. As one example, the gun crews of the defeated flagship forgot to load shells and therefore fought the battle firing blank charges.) I write to entertain readers, not to advance a personal or political philosophy; nonetheless, my fiction is almost always based on historical models. When you read When the Tide Rises, you might occasionally think about today's news and remember that it'll be tomorrow's history. Heaven knows, I thought about the news while I was writing. --David Drake
A FRIENDSHIP FORGED IN HELL!<P>Daniel Leary is a lieutenant in the republic of Cinnabar Navy with no money and no prospects since he quarreled with his ruthless, politically powerful father. <P>Adele Mundy is a scholar with no money and no prospects since her family was massacred for conspiring against the Government of Cinnabar. <P>Kostroma is a wealthy planet which depends on diplomacy to stay independent in a galaxy whose two great powers, Cinnabar and Alliance, battle for supremacy. <P>In a few hours, diplomacy is going to fail Kostroma. Daniel, Adele, and the scratch crew they gather aren't much to stand in the way of a powerful invasion fleet, but just possibly they're enough. <P>They have nothing on their side but each other -- and heaven help whatever tries to stand in their way!
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