Sequel to The Heretic, Book 10 in the nationally best‑selling General series.
FROM HERETIC TO SAVIOR
Duisberg is one of thousands of planets plunged into darkness and chaos by the collapse of the galactic republic, but where other worlds have begun to rebuild a star‑travelling culture, Duisberg remains in an uneasy balance between mud‑brick civilization and bloodthirsty barbarism.
The people of Duisberg have a god: Zentrum, a supercomputer from the ancient past. Zentrum has decided avoid another collapse by preventing civilization from rising from where it is. This is known as the Stasis. And because even a supercomputer and the powerful religion which it founded cannot block all progress, Zentrum has another tool: every few centuries the barbarians sweep in from the desert, slaughtering the educated classes and cowing the peasants back into submission. These are the Blood Winds, and the Blood Winds are about to blow again.
This time, however, there's a difference: Abel Dashian, son of a military officer, has received into his mind the spirit of Raj Whitehall, the most successful general in the history of the planet Bellevue—and of Center, the supercomputer which enabled Raj to shatter his planet's barbarians and permit the return of civilization.
One hero can't stop the tide of barbarians unless he has his own culture supporting him. To save Duisberg, Abel must conquer the very land of his origin and attempt to destroy the computer A.I. “god” who has doomed his world to an everlasting Dark Age. Abel is a heretic, but now he must go beyond and become—THE SAVIOR.
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The 10th installment in Daniel and Drake's military SF series (after The Heretic) returns to the world of Duisberg, where technological innovation is prevented by an ancient computer worshiped as a god. Only Maj. Abel Dashian, who shares his brain with both a brilliant general from another world and a supercomputer with its own agenda, can release his people from the Stasis. While the cost in blood is high and the descriptions of early gunpowder age tactics are solid, the authors make things far too easy for Abel's side, militarily and otherwise. Even those without Abel's unique benefits, like his smart and capable lover, Mahaut, have conflicts break constantly in their favor. The common troops also easily accept the use of forbidden technology, undermining the concept of the world being hamstrung by anti-tech propaganda. The result is conceptually intriguing but unrealistic.