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The Heretic
by David Drake and Tony Daniel
Publisher: Baen Books

ABEL DASHIAN'S WORLD DOESN'T NEED A HERO

Duisberg is one of thousands of planets plunged into darkness and chaos by the collapse of the galactic republic, but where other worlds have begun to rebuild a star-travelling culture, Duisberg remains in an uneasy balance between mud-brick civilization and bloodthirsty barbarism.

The people of Duisberg have a god: Zentrum, a supercomputer from the ancient past. Zentrum has decided avoid another collapse by preventing civilization from rising from where it is. And because even a supercomputer and the powerful religion which it founded cannot block all progress, Zentrum has another tool: every few centuries the barbarians sweep in from the desert, slaughtering the educated classes and cowing the peasants back into submission. These are the Blood Winds, and the Blood Winds are about to blow again.

This time, however, there's a difference: Abel Dashian, son of a military officer, has received into his mind the spirit of Raj Whitehall, the most successful general in the history of the planet Bellevue--and of Center, the supercomputer which enabled Raj to shatter his planet's barbarians and permit the return of civilization.

One hero can't stop the tide of barbarians unless he has his own culture supporting him. To save Duisberg, Abel must break the power of Zentrum.

With the help of Raj and Center, Abel Dashian must become . . . THE HERETIC!

Published 4/15/2013
SKU: 9781451638813
Ebook Price: $6.99 
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1. Bruce on 3/17/2014, said:

Not as compelling as the previous Raj & Center novels, but I think that's because the theme has been well-covered, and we know where it's headed. But it was still an enjoyable read, and as always, the war-fighting was well-presented. Bottom line: It was worth my time and money, which, in my opinion, is the greatest praise for any book.
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2. Jay on 10/9/2013, said:

A disappointment- the characterization of Center and Raj clashed with previous versions and Abel just never became real for me
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3. William on 6/6/2013, said:

Maybe 3.5 stars? Really liked this one - it's a nice continuation of the series with Raj. The action seems a little slow to get going, and some of the leaps between chapters are a little rough. It's almost like this book could have been a little more fleshed out. The good stuff - it's interesting to see the conflict between Zentrum and Center - sometimes you could swear Center has a sense of humor! The Abel character just seems a little disconnected. What was great about Raj was the combination of skill, intense character, and the by-play with his wife. Her "do anything to support her husband" and his "do anything to save his world" by-play was a lot of fun. Abel just doesn't seem quite as "fun". This book is well worth the read, and very interesting, and very good. I thoroughly enjoyed it and recommend it. Oh, and when is Mr. Drake and Mr. Ringo going to get together on a collaboration? Now THAT would be interesting.
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4. Ronald on 6/4/2013, said:

Read it and enjoyed it.
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5. Frank on 4/9/2013, said:

Spent $15 for E-ARC, should have waited.
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