The Accidental War by Walter Jon Williams
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
There is definitely a comfort zone going on here as we return to our favorite heroes that always seem to bounce off each other in interesting ways. The worldbuilding is as familiar and as frustrating as usual, but here we come back to a large spacefaring society having rebuilt after the bloody war of the previous volumes. Seven years in, and neither grand hero has gotten the respect that either deserves.
Indeed, while they thrive, the conservative and staunchly traditional conformist empire severely distrusts anyone with a spark of innovation and desperately wants to get rid of the very people who won the war in the first place.
But of course, nothing is all that direct. Indeed, no direct shots were fired until economic collapse started a blame game that got all the reactionaries out of the woodwork. Soon, the lynch mobs followed.
Humanity is blamed in almost the same way Jews were blamed throughout history.
And the rest IS history.
Great action, very cool, interesting buildup, and desperate odds. A whole galactic empire versus the Humans that used to be an integral part of it.
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