book I made time. I just couldn't put it down. I picked it up literally
every chance I had. In the morning, during breaks at work, and
before I went to sleep. To say that the story line is good would be
like saying that the pyramids of Egypt are "OK. It just draws you in
and won't let go. I'm not going to spoil the ending for you, lets just
say that Mr. Burt will blind side you on so many levels that you can't
see any of them coming.
This book will make your head spin and give you cause to wonder
why other writers can't keep you entertained like Mr. Burt. But don't
take my word for it. You have got to read this book.
J. W. Willey
few books around to reread every so often. Mr. Burt's book is one of
those that has joined that library which includes Orson Scott Card's
Ender's Game, David Drake's Hammer's Slammers, and Asimov's
Foundation Trilogy. Mr. Burt has managed to combine some of the
more intriguing aspects of each into a new story that is difficult to put
down. The basic premise is an ancient war once raged across the
known universe which culminated in the development of a great
weapon. The first use of the weapon changed time and space, and
threw the weapon into the void. Since that time, many have sought
this weapon. As the reader, we get to view the discovery of this
weapon by a group of individuals who each have their own agenda.
The politics and "cold war" existing between some of the space-
faring races sets the background for an intellectual battle of wills and
an action packed war for survival of mankind. If you enjoyed the
political maneuvering in Foundation or the battle of wills in Ender's
Game or the chaos of war in Hammer's Slammers, this novel is for
you. And be sure to put your name in your copy should you lend it
out, because you may not get it back.
I've been reading fiction, science fiction and fantasy for as long as I
can remember. I've read Asimov, Clark, Card, Anthony, Weber,
Heinlein, Dick, King, Jordan, Martin, McCaffrey, Koontz, Tolkein,
Gibson, Creighton...heck, I could go on for a few pages. Suffice it to
say that there's not many stories or series by major writers that I
haven't read, not to mention my dark secret: Star Wars and Star
Trek extended universe novels.
Anyway, I say all that to say this: After all I've read, the characters
I've grown to love, the stories I can't get enough of, the vast and
richly detailed worlds I've seen in my dreams, the first book of the
Dark Crusade series has blown them all away.
Burt draws you in with a mixture of Gothic fantasy, mythology, and
high tech weapons and armor. He details a dark and gritty universe
where the forces of dark and light have been clashing for thousands
of years, and the one great device lost at the beginning which can
return all of the fallen warriors to life.
This first book is the story of the rediscovery of that device and the
Empire's struggle to liberate it from the clutches of the Vexthrax.
Some of the descriptions of these battles and what the Vexthrax do
to their prey actually gave me chills!
I don't want to give out any spoilers, but suffice it to say that you will
not be disappointed if you pick up this book! I got one of the first
copies off the press and I've already read it so many times it looks
twenty years old, and can't wait for the next in the series!
University of Texas Health Science Center, Houston
REVIEW FROM WRITER'S DIGEST
Author D. L. Burt paints a vivid picture of this make-believe world,
taking the reader on a journey of extremes. The language is intense
and graphic, with strong use of description and enough language of
the world peppered throughout the book to give the reader a strong
sense of setting. The "lexicon" of vocabulary terms at the back of the
book is excellent. The theme of good versus evil has always been
one of the best foundations for stories, and this author does an
excellent job of execution.
. . . instant gratification of good storytelling from the beginning
. . . this book is very good
First I'd like to say that I loved your first book of the Apocrypha of the
Dark Crusade, it is one of the most imaginative and exciting tales I've
read in a while.
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