Books by David Drake

I was born on September 24, 1945, in Dubuque, Iowa. In 1967 I graduated from the University of Iowa with a BA in History (with honors) and Latin; married my wife Jo (one son, Jonathan, born 1973); and entered Duke Law School. I was drafted out of law scho


PARIS AT WAR by David Drake
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 16, 2015

"Students of French and World War II history will enjoy and learn from this well-written book."
The plight of ordinary Parisians during World War II. Read full book review >
AIR AND DARKNESS by David Drake
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 3, 2015

"Should satisfy series regulars. Just about."
Final installment of the four-volume fantasy cycle (Monsters of the Earth, 2013, etc.) featuring another existential threat to Carce, Drake's analogue of Rome circa 30 C.E.Read full book review >
MONSTERS OF THE EARTH by David Drake
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Sept. 3, 2013

"A treat for series regulars which, while independently intelligible, will encourage newcomers to return to the inaugural volume."
Third installment in Drake's new four-volume fantasy cycle (Out of the Waters, 2011, etc.) whose milieu is Carce, a fictionalized early Imperial Rome. Read full book review >
OUT OF THE WATERS by David Drake
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: July 1, 2011

"A much-improved effort, not overly formulaic, with characters recognizable as people rather than online avatars."
Second installment in Drake's new four-volume fantasy cycle (The Legions of Fire, 2010, etc.) set in early Imperial Rome or, as the author terms it, Carce. Read full book review >
THE LEGIONS OF FIRE by David Drake
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: May 1, 2010

"Hard to see how this sloppy, unambitious nonsense could pry its target audience away from their game consoles."
Drake (In the Stormy Red Sky, 2009, etc.) embarks on a new four-volume fantasy cycle whose setting is early Imperial Rome, although, to avoid comparisons with historical fantasy, Drake changes the city's name to Carce. Read full book review >
THE FORTRESS OF GLASS by David Drake
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: April 18, 2006

"A bit trite, but the temporal displacement of Prince Garric adds a new wrinkle to the story."
First book in an epic trilogy, set in the same world as The Lord of the Isles series (Master of the Cauldron, not reviewed, etc.). Read full book review >
MISTRESS OF THE CATACOMBS by David Drake
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 1, 2001

"Drake's many fans doubtless will look eastward for the sunrise of volume five."
Volume four in Drake's generic fantasy on future wizardry (Lord of the Isles, Queen of Demons, and 1999's Servant of the Dragon), which fast approaches the length of In Search of Lost Time while presenting somewhat more of a struggle for adults to read. Read full book review >
THE TIDE OF VICTORY by Eric Flint
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: July 1, 2001

"Turbid dialogue, flavorless descriptive passages, and characters so obvious and numerous that it's almost a relief when the bombs and bullets blow them away."
By far the weakest and gassiest installment of this sixth-century alternate history series in which two entities from the far future attempt to rewrite the past by introducing new technology, glimpses of possible futures, and a quote or two from Dr. Johnson. Read full book review >
THE WARMASTERS by David Weber
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: May 1, 2001

Military science fiction in three novellas from Drake, Weber, and Flint with characters or plotlines from the authors' well-known multivolume series. Read full book review >
THE TYRANT by Eric Flint
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2001

"Fans will be pleased."
A sequel to The Reformer (not reviewed) by polycollaborative Drake and Steve Stirling. Read full book review >
LT. LEARY COMMANDING by David Drake
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: July 1, 2000

"As always with Drake, you take the politicking along with the action, though the proportions vary from yarn to yarn."
Military science-fiction specialist Drake continues the series he began with With the Lightnings (1998). Read full book review >
FORTUNE’S STROKE by Eric Flint
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: June 1, 2000

"Impressive, historically, less persuasive in the execution; still, the premise is certainly different and should appeal beyond the usual fan base."
Another entry in the authors' established military-historical fantasy series (Destiny's Shield, 1999) set in the Roman Empire of the sixth century. Read full book review >
SERVANT OF THE DRAGON by David Drake
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Sept. 1, 1999

"Well up to previous standards; should please the faithful."
Third entry in Drake's fantasy series (Lord of the Isles, 1997; Queen of Demons, 1998). Read full book review >
DESTINY'S SHIELD by Eric Flint
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 1999

"8216;Tis a pity the dialogue's often conspicuously awful."
Third entry in an established military/historical SF series (An Oblique Approach and In the Heart of Darkness, not seen). Read full book review >
QUEEN OF DEMONS by David Drake
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"Overall, more shapely than the inaugural volume, and beguilingly set forth—but of genuine originality, of concept or execution, there is none."
Part two of Drake's fantasy magnum opus (Lord of the Isles, 1997). Read full book review >
WITH THE LIGHTNINGS by David Drake
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: July 1, 1998

"After a sluggish start—the schmoozing and politicking quickly grow tedious—the yarn unfolds into an authentically taut and exciting tussle, courtesy of Drake's unflinching portrayal of battle's downside and his eye for telling detail."
More military science fiction from one of the leading exponents (Patriots, 1996, etc.). Read full book review >
LORD OF THE ISLES by David Drake
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Aug. 1, 1997

"Shapeless and meandering, agreeable rather than compelling: hardworking but minor league."
First of a fantasy series from an author noted for his military science fiction (Patriots, 1996, etc.). Read full book review >
PATRIOTS by David Drake
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 1996

"Absorbing, effective future history securely placed in context, much less violent and bloody than Drake's usual fare: Should appeal well beyond the usual shoot-'em-up-crowd."
Another of Drake's imaginative and worthwhile reworkings of historical incidents as far-future science fiction (Fireships, p. 568, etc.), this one based on the exploits of Ethan Allen in pre- Revolutionary Vermont. Read full book review >
FIRESHIPS by David Drake
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: June 1, 1996

"A two-dimensional shoot-'em-up, the weakest and least inventive entry so far in a fading series."
Third of Drake's far-future space swashbucklers (Through the Breach, 1995, etc.) inspired by the Elizabethan Age of Discovery. Read full book review >
THROUGH THE BREACH by David Drake
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: April 1, 1995

"For the rest, Drake did the hard work of invention in volume #1, and this installment just coasts along on battles, heroics, and ideology."
Sequel to Drake's excellent hard-nosed space swashbuckler Igniting the Reaches (1994). Read full book review >
IGNITING THE REACHES by David Drake
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: April 1, 1994

"Drake does a convincing job of constructing a 16th-century- style scenario without resorting to hoary and false naval metaphors; the upshot is a violent, hard-nosed swashbuckler, set forth with discernment and skill."
Drake (The Jungle, 1991, etc.), a leading purveyor of military science fiction, offers a trade war/piracy/post-Imperial adventure inspired by the Elizabethan Age of Discovery. Read full book review >
THE VOYAGE by David Drake
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Jan. 1, 1994

"Should be a hit with the explode-a-mob audience."
A reworking of the story of Jason and the Argonauts' expedition to recover the Golden Fleece: from the author of many military sf outings (The Sharp End, p. 1170, etc.). Read full book review >
THE SHARP END by David Drake
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 1993

"Agreeable slam-bang action for series fans, and certainly much more convincingly constructed than either The Jungle (1991) or Fortress (1987)."
Another of Drake's military sf yarns about Hammer's Slammers, the expert mercenary troops of planet Nieuw Friesland. Read full book review >
THE JUNGLE by David Drake
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 24, 1991

A sequel, Drake (Fortress, 1986) carefully explains, to the late (and lamentably unregarded) Henry Kuttner's long story ``Clash by Night,'' reproduced here, in which Earth has been destroyed and humanity lives in ``Keeps'' beneath the oceans of a terraformed Venus. Read full book review >