An Oblique Approach - Belisarius, Bk 1 Author:David Drake, Eric Flint A Crystal with a vision. It brings a warning for all mankind regarding the Malwa, and a simple instruction: fight. If you lose, commit suicide. — Belisarius is arguably the greatest commander Earth has ever known. Fortunately, he above all men understands that war is not just a matter of weapons, but of the men who use them, and most especially o... more »f the man who commands those men. Threatened by imperial suspicion and Malwa conspiracies, impeded by border wars, target of spies and hired assassins, Belisarius must journey into the the very heart of the Malwa empire as the first step in preventing the crystal's nightmare vision from becoming the real future of us all. And while he and the heroic band he leads are used to betting their lives, now what is at stake is Eternity.« less
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It is the classical tale of good versus evil. Incorporating an intriguing mix of historical figures and beings from the future. The cyborg, Link, has traveled back in time to change the course of history. It hopes to destroy the Byzantine or Roman Empire. Link chooses the Malwa Empire of India to be its vehicle of change. By providing the Malwa with the knowledge of gun powder and explosives, Link calculates the Malwa Empire will be able to sweep all other countries aside. To counter the cyborg threat, a different set of future beings send a crystalline entity back to aid the Byzantium General, Flavius Belsarius, in combating Link and the Malwa Empire.
The utilization of actual historical figures, geographies, & situations make this a very fascinating book.