I read this book about 19-Sep-2003. This is the first time I've read this book. The book is copyright 1997. This note was last modified Wednesday, 24-Sep-2003 16:36:33 PDT.
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By David Weber and Steve White.
Endless space combat at hopeless odds, with the humans victorious. No central character with the power of Honor Harrington, though. It's the "bugs" again; unstoppable hordes of enemies that don't care about losses, but just keep coming. And very discouraging that would be, especially if you knew nothing about their home planets or industrial capacity.
In this first volume, we do not in fact learn anything about the bugs' home planets, society, or industrial capacity. But the humans do manage to hold, and it does help pull together their aliance with various allied species.
We also have another instance of that Weber trademark, the idiot liberal pacifist. This stock character is immensely infuriating—partly because nothing like it has ever been seen on the ground (at least in any position of real power; Weber always puts them as major players in the political game).
Looking back over what I've written, you may be startled to learn that I'm looking for the next volumes in this series.