I read this book about 30-Jul-2001. This is the first time I've read this book. The book is copyright 1993. This note was last modified Saturday, 19-Aug-2006 10:49:11 PDT.
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The middle book of the Fifth Imperium series (3 books so far). I came to David Weber via Honor Harrington, but I'm enjoying these, too.
I'm certainly very happy for the protagonists that the Achuultani's technology hasn't improved significantly in 60,000 years. And they do consider this unusual, and it is eventually explained (as I know from having read the third book first).
I like the gradual explanation of the true nature of the Achuultani. It explains why they've been static for 73 million years pretty well, and why they behave so strangely. There's always room to quibble, but I didn't really want to, which is what counts.
I don't feel as intensely involved with Colin MacIntyre as I do with Honor Harrington, but these are good books. They would have been better read in the right order (Heirs of Empire is next).