"Fine space operas"
"Shiva Option". The enemy's first and only directive is
that all other species, sentient or not, is food. Humanity
and its three ally races that form the Grand Alliance are
under siege, losing the war to the Bugs. Efforts to
communicate and forge a truce leading to peace have failed
as the Bugs refuse to communicate or perhaps are unable to
communicate with beings they consider beneath them on
their food chain. Death apparently awaits humanity.
"Insurrection". Several generations have passed since the
Fourth Interstellar War against the Bugs (see The Shiva
Option). The central Corporate Worlds of the Terran
Federation refuse to relinquish their war powers though
the hostilities are over. They control everything while
the Fringe Worlds pay the price. However that is not
enough for the avaricious leaders of the Corporate Worlds
as they want more power. To expedite matters by causing
chaos in the Fringe Worlds, a Corporate World agent
assassinates Fringe Worlds leader Fionna MacTaggart.
Rebellion explodes on Fionna's home planet. The Terran
Federation Navy arrives to put down the revolt by force
but instead the crews mutiny refusing to kill fellow
citizens; soon rebellion spreads across the Federation
leaving the Federation reeling near death.
These are two reprints of early 1990s space operas
combined into one book. "The Shiva Option" remains one of
the most exciting thought provoking thrillers of the past
two decades. "Insurrection" is also a well written action
thriller as a domino effect leads the Terran Federation on
the brink of a supernova, but does not contain the
cerebral punch of "The Shiva Option" because much of the
cast are throwaways.
Reviewed by Harriet Klausner
Posted August 7, 2005
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted January 25, 2007
The war wasn't going well. The alien Arachnids were an enemy whose like no civilized race had ever confronted. Like some carnivorous cancer, the "Bugs" had overrun planet after planet . . . and they regarded any competing sentient species as only one more protein source. Defeat was not an option. . . . The Grand Alliance of Humans, Orions, Ophiuchi, and Gorm, united in desperate self- defense, have been driven to the wall. Billions of their civilians have been slaughtered. Their most powerful offensive operation has ended in shattering defeat and the deaths of their most experienced military commanders. Whatever they do, the Bugs just keep coming. But the warriors of the Grand Alliance know what stands behind them and they will surrender no more civilians to the oncoming juggernaut. They will die first-and they will also reactivate General Directive 18, however horrible it may be. Because when the only possible outcomes are victory or racial extermination, only one option is acceptable. The Shiva Option.And peace isn't always wonderful Once the enemy is defeated, the central governments of the Inner Worlds were anything but willing to relinguish their wartime powers. To insure that their grip on the reins of power remained firm, the bureaucrats are allowing the non-human beings of the Khanate in, while keeping the Fringe Worlds out, smugly confident that this will keep the colonial upstarts in their place. The Fringers have only one answer to that: Insurrection.