The Tyrant by Eric Flint and David Drake

Published: 2002

Genre: military science fiction

Length: 512 pages

Setting: the planet Hafardine

Interest: It was a random book I put on my Kindle. Turns out, it’s the eighth book in the Raj Whitehall – The General series, and I haven’t read any of the others. That’s what I get for picking random books off my Kindle.

Summary: Verice Demansk has decided that his country’s government is completely corrupt and needs to change. Luckily, he has just the man for the job – himself. Through a series of political and military moves, he manages to replace an inefficient elected government run by a corrupt aristocracy propped up by slavery, with an appointed monarchy supported by manufacturing. He utilizes the talents of his children and is willing to appoint competent men to adviser positions, regardless of their background.

Final thoughts: A fun little book that essentially describes a forced transition from slaves and swords to merchants and guns. Nothing too deep about it, but a good read. Apparently, earlier books in this series were written with S. M. Stirling coauthoring with David Drake. If you enjoyed the early books in the series, you may notice a departure in tone in this book.

Title comes from: Demansk decides tyrant is the correct term for his position of power as he overthrows the government and replaces it with his own.

Reading challenges fulfilled: None, since this is a review of a book read in a previous year.

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