Path of the Fury by David Weber
Review Summary: An interesting, fun read – this is why I keep picking up David Weber books, despite the not-so-good ones.
An interesting, fun read – this is why I keep picking up David Weber books, despite the not-so-good ones.
What happens when you mix the supernatural with ultra-competent military training and cybernetic hardware and artificial intelligence? Unlike Weber’s Out of the Dark, the combination he chose in this storyline actually works, as long as you don’t look too closely at where the Fury came from, how it got where it was, and why it selected the main character of all the possible wronged people in the universe to act as an avatar.
Aside from that one piece of the story where you are asked to seriously suspend your disbelief, the rest of the story clicks along nicely, with Weber’s usual decent, interesting military characters and a bit of humor, and with the supernatural element working to the story’s advantage rather than taking anything away from the characters or the fairly straightforward revenge plot.
Thematically, besides just being a decent revenge tale, Weber is exploring an idea that our current idea of justice is a more nuanced, and occasionally non-sensical, notion than the ancients’ notion of revenge or retribution, but that overall it has its own merits, particularly in a long-term civilization. Some brief attention paid to how we may mesh and merge and interact with technologies and artificial intelligences in our far future is also of some interest, if only for a “cool” factor.
A good read – well-done, cogent, entertaining and interesting!