Hope Reborn (The General)
by David Drake and S.M. Stirling
Cover Artist: Alan Pollack
Review by Bill Lawhorn
Baen Paperback ISBN/ITEM#: 9781451638776
Date: 05 March 2013 List Price $13.00 Amazon US / Amazon UK
Product Description: Contains Raj Whitehall series opening novels The Forge and The Hammer together in one volume. A young hero overcomes implacable foes to lead a planet fallen into a dark age back to the high point of its lost technological civilization. Series relaunches in April 2012 with The Heretic (David Drake and Tony Daniel).
Raj Whitehall was a young noble of the Civil Government, the last remnant of galactic civilization on the planet Bellevue, when he came across an ancient but still functioning Fleet Battle Computer named Center. With Center's vast fund of knowledge and strategic calculating abilities, Raj could defeat the barbarians threatening to engulf the Civil Government, and start Bellevue on the road back to the stars. But the Governor, to whom Raj has sworn absolute loyalty, nourishes a paranoid envy and mistrust that grows with every victory. Can even a battle computer of the Galactic Age be enough to counter the fury of Raj's enemies ... and the treachery of his friends?