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The Martian General s Daughter Welcome to the End of Empire Set over two hundred years from now in a world very much like Imperial Rome this is the story of General Peter Black the last decent man as told through the eyes of hi

  • Title: The Martian General's Daughter
  • Author: Theodore Judson
  • ISBN: 9781591026433
  • Page: 445
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Martian General's Daughter By Theodore Judson, Welcome to the End of Empire.Set over two hundred years from now, in a world very much like Imperial Rome, this is the story of General Peter Black, the last decent man, as told through the eyes of his devoted and illegitimate daughter, Justa.Raised on battlefields, comfortable in the company of hard men of war than with women or other children, Justa must keep theWelcome to the End of Empire.Set over two hundred years from now, in a world very much like Imperial Rome, this is the story of General Peter Black, the last decent man, as told through the eyes of his devoted and illegitimate daughter, Justa.Raised on battlefields, comfortable in the company of hard men of war than with women or other children, Justa must keep the truth of her birth hidden Her father regards her as an embarrassment, a reminder of his one and only indiscretion Yet she is a remarkable woman, one whose keen mind wins her an education at the feet of Emperor Mathias the Glistening himself.All his life, General Black served the noble emperor, and, out of loyalty to the father, continues to serve his son after Mathias s death, even as the son s reign degenerates into an insane tyranny worthy of Nero or Caligula As the rule of the empire passes from father to son with disastrous results, a strange metal plague begins slowly destroying the empire s technology, plunging the realm into chaos and the world into war Amid the destruction and upheaval, General Black must decide whether to turn his back on the men and institutions who never loved him nearly as much as he did them, or whether to save his most trusted ally and adviser, his best friend and only real family.The Martian General s Daughter is a gripping tale of a world at war of cunning strategies and vile politics of bravery, foolishness, and excess It is at once a stirring military adventure, a cautionary tale of repeating history, a cutting satire, and a heartbreaking examination of the joys and pain inherent in the love between a father and child Judson s previous novel was selected in multiple best of the year lists With The Martian General s Daughter, he offers another must read epic destined to take its place in the canon of science fiction, and sure to appeal to readers of everything from Orson Scott Card to Walter M Miller, Jr.

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    1. In the late 23rd century, the Pan Polarian Empire reigns supreme Covering most of the northern hemisphere of Earth, with colonies on Mars and the moons of Jupiter, the Empire knows no rivals and fears no enemies, until a mysterious metal corroding plague begins to destroy the empire s technology As territories fall and borders shrink, the great Emperor Mathias the Glistening also succumbs to the plague, and the empire passes to his son, Luke Anthony whose disastrous rule is anything but benevole [...]

    2. Unfortunately I was sorely disappointed in Judson s The Martian General s Daughter Despite this theoretically being a novel about the fall of an empire, whereas Fitzpatrick s War was supposedly about the rise of an empire, this short novel actually seems like nothing than leftover material from his first book, despite there not being any allusion to this being the same empire as was founded in the first book.I was somewhat glad to see a female persona in this novel, something that was lacking i [...]

    3. This book is supposed to be a retelling of the fall of Rome, with a general technological collapse aiding the general collapse of society Chapters alternate between the present day at the end of the empire, and some years before, when one particularly terrible emperor reigned The problem with flashbacks is that you know how things turn out Judson fails to apply some twist to the backstory that causes you to think differently about the present it s just two straight stories that are broken up by [...]

    4. It was on a 50 cent rack at a book store I got because its supposed to be a book of strategies, and vile politics a stirring military adventure At least according to the back of the book cover off topic why do we buy a book based on what the publisher says on the back cover page Its almost as bad as buying a book for its cover Lol anyway, it s short enough that I read it in one sitting It was ok As bit of strategy, a bit of vile politics a George Martin book it was not It was an average steampun [...]

    5. Excellent idea, poor execution The writing was passive, list like and often an info dump After finishing two chapters, I felt nothing for the book or characters besides a desire to put it down, despite the markings of an intriguing plot It reads, to me, like the outline of a novel I may try this again some other time If I force myself further into it, the plot might grip me for the ride But it is the kind of thing I ll need to set aside a day to read because one I have to put it down, there is n [...]

    6. Despite a promising premiere in Fitzpatrick s War which turned the life of Alexander the Great into a charmingly bitter MilSF satire, this thinner adaptation of the Time of the Five Emperors lacks the richness in realization and exploitation of genre convention It drags in places and tends to go for perversity for the sake of perversity Most problematically, Judson struggles to develop a female voice that isn t stilted and stale, and fails.

    7. A dystopian tale of a devoted daughter who watches the empire her father is pledged to protect crumble and burn to dust and ashes.

    8. The creation of an interesting world but it didn t spend enough time with it to really deal with the issues Could have been indepth

    9. A futuristic quasi roman empire in the throes of a slow collapse Tedious and disappointing after the amazing Fitzpatricks War

    10. While I would not rate this one as high as his previous work, Fitzpatrick s War, it was a fairly decent read provided your tastes run to political science fiction.S.M Stirling writes that it is a A witty, learned, amusing, and sometimes moving retelling of ancient truths The only part of this I question is amusing I found this to be a thinking persons read and not very amusing at all, though there were a few humorous scenes This was a sad tale, as the back cover blurb will tell you, of the slow [...]

    11. Again, Judson s story takes place in futuristic Victorian age and focuses on the Pan Polarian Empire Not as good as Fitzpatrick s War but it follows the same story of empire and how it corrupts those involved in it More work could have been put into some of the other characters Justa and General Peter Black are well done though , especially Luke Anthony, the Caligula like emperor, who you only ever see the sadistic side of Not as well developed as Isaac Fitzpatrick, the crazed emperor from Judso [...]

    12. I had issues with awkward sentences There were many run on sentences and long sentences that made you lose your train of thought Some information came so late in the book and at times there was information overkill I hated the jumping around of the places as I felt things setting wasn t fully established to the reader Lucky, the condition of the world and the reason behind it is, just not all the locations Maybe it is the jumping from past to present that is so confusing I also wished that the c [...]

    13. This book had a lot depth than you might first realize First the title, Mars, the god of war, us the general s guiding lighteven though it is never mentioned in the novel Duty, Honor, Loyalty are all that are important to the general and has daughter The book also shows how a good man fairs in a bad political system You could almost imagine the Gladiator s General Maximus being in the same position as Peter Black A great military leader, at home on the frontier keeping the borders safe, honorab [...]

    14. I m not sure what s up with Theodore Judson I read Fitzgerald s War or was it Fitzpatrick s and while I like the writing, the protagonist was a pathetic, naive dolt And a whoop ass war hero I wrote in a prior review that Judson adapt Machiavelli s advice A protagonist can be loved or hated, but he can not be despised.He doesn t make that mistake here, although the protagonist s are no one s definition of a hero The Martian General who s not really from Mars is approaching senility, the story is [...]

    15. Although the title gives you the impression that most of this book is about the daughter, it s about her fascination for and personal envelopment by her father A man who is entirely alone as he both a man of war, faith, and honor The adjective martian has less to do with the general s eventual position before seeking the title of emporer, and to do with the alienation and sense of other that embodies the man As a Christian, the author portrayed an interesting speculation on the nature of the f [...]

    16. Not as fun or original feeling as his Fitzpatrick s War , but a similar feel of historical accounts looking backwards and forwards at events of imagined future history Similar to the declining eras of Rome, a Marcus Aurelius like Emperor of a transcontinental empire fails to appoint a proper successor and the last honorable General tries to be obedient and salvage what he can of the Empire at the same time All sorts of thoughts on language, philosophy, warfare, technology culture inform the acti [...]

    17. I would have given this book four stars but for the ending The ending seemed a bit glossed over and incongruent with the rest of the story view spoiler The last chapter is a summary of the narrators eventual domestic life and her marriage and her children and grandchildren This scene seemed to irrelevant to all that came to before to merit such detail and attention as an entire chapter and because it was all condensed into a few pages it read like a summary or a list of events tacked onto the en [...]

    18. Judson has followed up Fizpatrick s War with another alternate future story about empire The book actually feels a bit like a prequel to his previous effort The Martian Generals daughter is a story about the end of an empire, in the case the Pan Polarian rather than Fitzpatricks Yukons While Fitz was a take on Alexander the great this is the story of Romes dissolution I enjoyed it, although not nearly as much It really suffers a bit from of the same syndrome in some ways I would recommend it to [...]

    19. Told from the point of view of the titular daughter, this book regales the final death throws of an empire bloated with decadence and corruption The main character, the general, is perhaps the last honest man, a true believer of the empire and all its ideals Although set in the future, technology doesn t play a roll in the telling Or rather, this book could have taken place while Nero fiddled and Rome burned.

    20. For a second time, Judson has written a very engaging sci fi book that is a thinly veiled allegory for the fall of the Roman empire Fitzpatrick s War is vastly superior, but this book is not without its charms.

    21. Like Judson s previous effort Fitzpatrick s War, this is a future history of a technologically regressed Earth It s well written and has an interesting setting, but the story lacks a certain oomph that would make it a page turner and a 5 star effort.

    22. More the story of the General than his daughter This is a 23rd century, history revisited look at what might happen I kept seeing bits of I, Claudius in this.Pretty good

    23. This was an enjoyable read I felt sympathy for the characters, even as they harmed themselves or each other The ending was also satisfying, a must for me to receive it favorably.

    24. Not quite as good as Judson s debut Fitzpatrick s War , but still a very entertaining and well written future history.

    25. It just did not hold my interest Seemed well written Maybe another day it will grab me, but not right now.

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