Tuesday, February 15, 2011

The Shiva Option by David Weber

This is book number four in the Starfire series and may be the conclusion. The Shiva Option saves countless lives but is honor besmirched or are ethics compromised?  The inhumane bugs are finally exterminated by the alliance of dissimilar beings or are they. A smidgen of doubt provides the opening for a 5th book.

This book could be read as a standalone but it wouldn’t be as nearly enjoyable. Reoccurring characters provide the bulk of the heroics. Weber writes extraordinary military science fiction. You find your self near tear with the loyalty, courage and fortitude that personify his characters. The willingness of individuals to sacrifice their personal well being for the benefit of society is mirrored in the current conflicts in which our young people are laying down their own lives.

Weber pointedly depicts the self-serving political aspects that detract from the actions of the people who put their lives on the line to protect society.

Admittedly, I am a David Weber fan. I love his characterizations, his depictions of honor and courage. His books are inspiring.

I highly recommend the book and the series.

Body of work of David Weber

Web site http://davidweber.net/

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