- Mass Market Paperback: 432 pages
- Publisher: Baen Books; Reprint edition (1 December 1992)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 067172147X
- ISBN-13: 978-0671721473
- Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 2.5 x 17.1 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 249 g
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
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Imperial Intelligence couldn't find them, the Imperial Fleet couldn't catch them, and local defenses couldn't stop them. It seemed the planet-wrecking pirates were invincible. But the pirates made a big mistake when they raided ex-commando leader Alicia DeVries' quiet home world, tortured and murdered her family, and then left her for dead.
Since the Imperial forces seem hog-tied, Alicia decides to turn "pirate" herself, and steals a cutting-edge AI ship from the Empire to start her vendetta. Her fellow veterans think she's crazy, the Imperial Fleet has shoot-on-sight orders. And of course the pirates want her dead, too. But Alicia DeVries has two allies nobody knows about, allies as implacable as she is: a self-aware computer, and a creature from the mists of Old Earth's most ancient legends. And this trio of furies won't rest until vengeance is served.
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Alicia DeVries is a "retired" drop commando, one of the elite of the elite. She and her extended family live on a colonized world at the periphery of human space and all seems fine until the pirates come to call. They wipe out her family and most of the rest of the planet. It is not the first planet they've hit. Something big is up and no one knows quite what it is. The pirates are at a disadvantage, however, because Alicia was not present when her family gets it. She is out hunting and come back to bushwhack the bushwhackers and manages to take out a whole landing ship while being grievously wounded herself. She is content to die and regrets only that she cannot get the rest of those responsible before she dies. Enter the Fury.
The Fury is an ancient entity, weakened with time but still one of the goddesses from ancient earth. We never learn exactly what she is but we know she is a created being and that her sole purpose is vengeance. She offers Alicia a deal. Accept "possession" by the Fury and she will live and get her own vengeance. Alicia takes the deal.
That summarizes the first chapter. The rest of the book is about how she goes about getting the bad guys. In the process, Alicia loses part of her soul and the Fury becomes more humanized. Then a AI starship enters the picture and we get a little Trinity bent of vengeance AND justice.
The whole bit with the Fury is a bit fuzzy and not well explained but it works well in the story and that is the point. It is a good story. I hope for more.
Don't get me wrong. PATH OF THE FURY doesn't quite rank among my all-time scifi favorites. Nor can I find it within myself to give this kind of book a five star rating. Nevertheless, it has an engaging story line and the main characters have more depth than you usually get in books in this genre. And, as you would expect, there's lots of action. It's definitely not dull.
I thought the idea of bringing an ancient Greek demi-goddess into the story was a bit over the top. I took this to be scifi, not fantasy. I can accept a lot as far as future technology, alien lifeforms and new worlds go. After all, nobody knows what the future (or the universe), holds. But mythological entities from the past don't fall within that realm as far as I'm concerned. Still, it works tolerably well within the context of this tale, so this is a minor issue.
I liked this book. It was well-plotted, there was lots of action, and the main character, though something of a super-woman (not to mention the assistance of the demi-goddess), was conflicted and sympathetic. If you like good "spaceopera", PATH OF THE FURY fills the bill.
Boy, was I wrong... the story has none of the sort. The main (human) character is a commando. A *very* elite commando, with the best cybernetic implants money can buy and research can produce. The Fury is a megalomaniac divine being with a very ironic sense of humor, and proud of it. The AI is... is like a treecat, in some ways. All three share some basic personality traits, which sometimes place them at odd with each other (or more often, two against one). Unlike the impression I got from other reviews, these entities are clearly distinct, and the main character is quite rational.
The story is very fast paced, the action scenes are great and the fine humor kept me grinning (when I wasn't chuckling or outright laughing) throughout most of the book.
I can't say you will like this book if you like Honor Harrington books because, unlike in HH series, there is no detail or depth in the combat scenes. But it is a very fine book.