I read this book about 1-Dec-2003. This is the first time I've read this book. The book is copyright 1992. This note was last modified Thursday, 04-Dec-2003 15:38:24 PST.
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Actually by David Weber and Steve White. Finally, the missing second book in the series! Uncle Hugo's comes through again.
This one is kinda cool. Bug-eyed monster bad guys take the history of Terra as brought by some refugees (who soon die in a plague) to construct a false religion that they use to rule their world. Then they come out to free us. And almost precipitate a new war with the Orions at the same time.
A nasty war ensues, but we manage to avoid genocide this time, and they're allies in the future books.
I should probably get this into the reread queue in a year or so and finally read them in the right order; I'm sure I'm not properly appreciating the development of the Terran Federation political culture.
This features David Weber's trademark anti-war anti-millitary stupid blind weird politicians. Luckily his have a lot more power than the real world ones like that ever seem to (and are a lot more common, too). I like hating them, but at the same time it bugs me because I suspect I'm supposed to associate anybody who, say, opposes the current war on Iraq with that kind of politician. Instead of associating the people currently making war on Iraq; who are, after all, the ones making war for personal profit, and heading into a war based on personal beliefs not supported by real-world evidence.