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The Domination cover The Domination by S. M. Stirling

Published by Baen Books

Reviewed by Leigh Kimmel

At last, the first three volumes of the Draka series are drawn together into a single hardcover edition. No more struggling to hold together crumbling paperbacks, or searching through used bookstores for copies of the long-out-of-print first and second volumes.

Unfortunately, the chapter openings and the extensive appendices that gave the original books so much of their versimilitude were edited out of this omnibus. However, as a bonus there are some new materials creating a context for the arrangement of the three novels. The framing scenes tell us a little of what happened after the conclusion of Drakon, the fourth volume of the Draka series.

Marching Through Georgia is the story of the Draka at war, forcing their way through the Soviet republic of Georgia in the Caucasus on their way to crush all Eurasia. Amidst this nightmare, Eric von Shrakenberg struggles with the nature of his people and their loathsome system.

Under the Yoke is the story of the Draka making themselves at home in their new conquests -- whether the current inhabitants like it or not. Marya and Chantal, two women thrown together by chance, struggle to preserve their human dignity in the face of slavery.

The Stone Dogs takes the conflict to the next generation. Yolande Ingolfssen, neice of Eric von Shrakenberg, and Chantal's children Marya and Fred square off in a struggle that will take them to the ends of the solar system. A world divided against itself cannot stand.

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Review posted April 23, 2003

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