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Empire from the Ashes

de David Weber

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Sèrie: Dahak (Omnibus 1-3)

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Drawn into an alien conflict when his ship is taken over and pitted against a dangerous ancient enemy, Colin Macintyre takes on the task of defeating a group of immortals who have been secretly ruling Earth.
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Should have been a duology.

First two books in the trilogy were solid 4 stars, but the third brings it down.

First two books are solid sci-fi adventure, following an over-arcing plot of rediscovery and alien menace. Third book is patch on, mix of political spy-stuff and alternate universe black-powder warfare, connected by characters to the first two books but not related to the original plot. Basic premise of the black-powder plot section broke my suspension of disbelief and I never got past that or a number of other problems. ( )
  JessMahler | Jan 9, 2020 |
After the first two volumes I thought this was 5 star material. With the third volume it nose dived though. The first ones are just wonderful with a lot of surprise effect for humanity, a clear enemy and quite a lot of tech stuff and ship combat.

I really liked the first two but unfortunately I disliked the third one just as much. The tech stuff and ship combat was pretty much gone and replaced with conspiracies, politics, religion and being stranded on a backwater planet fighting with primitive firearms from the Napolean era. I really felt let down by this part.

I almost considered giving this book a 3 star rating but the first two volumes do not deserve it so it get a 4. It could have been a 5 if the last volume hand't been such a radical departure from the other two. ( )
  perjonsson | Jun 10, 2019 |
Empire from the Ashes is an omnibus containing all three books in the Dahak series.

The first book in the series quickly introduces us to the rather preposterous premise that Earth’s moon is actually a gigantic spaceship, disguised like a moon. This spaceship is controlled by a sentient and likeable computer, Dahak, but he no longer has a crew for reasons explained at the beginning of the book. One of the main characters, Colin, is a normal 21st century human with no idea that there’s intelligent life beyond Earth. While surveying the moon with newly developed surveying equipment, he stumbles upon the fact that there’s more to the moon than meets the eye. Before he can share his findings, he’s captured by Dahak who convinces him to become the ship’s captain so he can help Dahak deal with some pressing issues that affect the safety of Earth.

I definitely had some quibbles with the premise, but the story started off in an interesting way that quickly caught my imagination and I was able to overlook (mostly) some of the crazier aspects of the premise. The first book had a lot of enjoyable parts, but it also had some pretty slow parts, with long and drawn-out battle scenes that weren’t always easy to follow.

The second book, on the other hand, started out quite slow with lots of detailed preparations for facing a looming threat. It took me a long time to get through the first half of the second book. However, I really enjoyed the second half. The second half had a lot of long and drawn-out battle scenes but, unlike the battle scenes in the first book, I thought they were well-written and much easier to follow so that I could picture them in my head. I also enjoyed the antagonists of this book which were much more interesting and multi-dimensional than those in the first book.

The first two books made up the first half of the omnibus and, after the slow parts in the first two books, I was worried I would get bogged down in the longer third book forever. However, the third book was really good. In fact, I wished it were longer. I made time to read it when I really should have been doing more important things. The first part spanned several years in which the offspring of some of the main characters from the first two books grew up and became young adults. At that point, the story split off into two directions. One part of the story focused on the older generation and had a lot of political intrigue. The other part of the story focused on the younger generation. The younger generation found themselves caught up in a major crisis that they had to deal with on their own. Without spoiling anything, I wasn’t too happy with the way they handled the crisis, but I could understand why they made the choices they did. In any case, their story was still very entertaining to read about.

I liked the main characters quite a bit. I’ve definitely read better character building, but the main characters were reasonably well fleshed-out and likeable and I enjoyed the camaraderie between them. I also really liked the sentient computer, Dahak. Some of the main antagonists, on the other hand, were very one-dimensional, full of evil ambition with no moral concerns whatsoever, wanting little more out of life than ultimate power at any cost. Those characters got tiresome. But there were some antagonists with more depth to them, and I enjoyed those. The first book was mostly the former, the second book was mostly the latter, and the third book had both types.

All of the main threads were tied up reasonably well by the end of the omnibus. There were some hanging threads from the second book, but mainly because the resolution was likely a few centuries in the future which was outside the time frame of the series. I therefore wasn’t much bothered by it because the main events were wrapped up and I didn’t really want to jump that far into the future to find out what happened next in that storyline. But I did wish the third book’s ending had been fleshed out better. We were given a resolution for all of the main events, but things were wrapped up extremely fast. When I saw I was at the 98% mark in the book, I remember thinking there was no way there was going to be a proper resolution within the remaining pages and I was afraid that it would end in an outright cliffhanger. We saw what happened up to the point where the tide started to turn in favor of our main characters, but then we jumped immediately to a point after the final resolution. We didn’t actually get to see the final successes happen or really spend much time with the characters after the problems were resolved. This was why I mentioned earlier that I wished the third book had been longer – I wanted a longer and more detailed ending.

I had trouble deciding on the star rating since my enjoyment varied quite a bit throughout the omnibus. If I rated the first two books by themselves, I would probably want to give 3.5 stars. But the third book, which represented half of the omnibus, was definitely 4 stars. So I’m going to go with 4 for the whole omnibus. ( )
  YouKneeK | Feb 6, 2015 |
Great, great stories. Where's the rest of them?

Yes, I asked where the rest of them are. There are at least 2 major points (maybe interrelated enough to be one issue) that feel unresolved to me, and at least 1 minor one that I think possibly could be wound in there. That's my biggest gripe about this series.

On the other hand, It did keep me intrigued right from the start. The third book in this series, Heirs of Empire plays with a concept that is more thoroughly explored in a more recent series by David. This series also clarifies the reasoning behind some internet references I've come across.

The first two books follow a fairly apparent primary storyline. One might expect the third book to continue that storyline to it's logical conclusion, correct? But no, David kind of jumps tracks between book two and book three and goes somewhere not completely unrelated, but enough divergent that it feels odd to me. And then nothing. What happened with the Achuultani? Who are the Great Nest Killers? I want to know, but there is apparently nothing more to this. Disappointing. Very disappointing. I do realize that there is only so much time to write, and there are apparently more profitable universes out there, but darn it, my curiosity is piqued and unsatisfied. And I wouldn't be making an issue about it if it didn't interest me. ( )
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