Throughout the Fourteen Worlds of humanity, no race is as feared and respected as the Dorsai. The ultimate warriors, they are known for their deadly rages, unbreakable honor, and fierce independence. No man rules the Dorsai, but their mastery of the art of war has made them the most valuable mercenaries in the known universe. Donal Graeme is Dorsai, taller and harder than any ordinary man. But he is different as well, with talents that maze even his fellow Dorsai. And once he ventures out into the stars, the future will never be the same....
©1988 George R. Dickson (P)2010 Audible, Inc.
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Dorsai tells a story about a man is unique in his intelligence and abilities. He is from a world where people are mercenaries and have a code of honor and higher themselves to other planets as elite soldiers. By smart thinking, tactical genius, and strength, he elevates himself in power and becomes a hero. There are multiple worlds, space flight and fights, politics and power struggles. I enjoyed following the main character on his journey through his life. However, it got a little strange and hard to follow when the author went on about genes and these strange super abilities. There was a feeling of something missing at times and the book jumps around strangely. The ending lost a star for me as well. I was looking forward to the next book, but I am not sure anymore.
Share's review pretty much tells it. I believe this is the kind of Sci Fi that John W. Campbell pushed back when he ruled the Sci Fi world. Our hero never ever makes a mistake. He makes all the right decisions and predicts what everyone else is always going to do before they know they are going to do it. Not once but twice the higher command is all killed off and our hero takes immediate charge. Unlike some other books of this time, he has no interest in woman. Woman fall for him, but he seems to have no hormones. The moral of the story seems to be that we all need to make the right decisions.
"Story showing its age, but excellent reading"
Sure. It's the first in a series, though when it was written I don't think a series was planned. And the story is sometimes a bit thin. But the reading by Stefan Rudnicki is excellent, and overall well worth the credit.
I've listened to many of Mr. Rudnicki's readings, and enjoy them all. He has become the voice I want to hear when listening to science fiction/fantasy.
No, not particularly. That's generally not an option for me regardless.
Will be trying later books in the series.
"Before it's time."
I read the book when it first came out. At that time it was cutting edge SF. Super-ior fighters, mental powers, great stuff. The listen was as good as I remember the read was.
Ive been wanting to re-visit some old time memories, this was and now IS a good one.
However, not as much action as I remembered.
When I first read it I WAS the lonely misunderstood hero . . . maybe I still am.
The narration didn't intrude on the story. I wasn't aware of the characters more than the story.
I thought the part about the hero
I'm looking forward to the rest of the 'Dorsai' series.
"Ok This is the outline, where is the book?"
I enjoy Scifi and books in series so I was hoping for a good one here. I wound up frustrated and shaking my head. It is like an outline with no details. Very little is explained enough so you can swallow it. WARNING-Spoilers ahead...So this 18 year old leaves home by himself for space for the first time, meets a prince on board the ship he is on, who puts him in charge of a force of seasoned ground fighting mercenaries who he then saves because he knows more than they do and then he has the commander of the group shot. Huh? The prince is mad, but that's ok cause the kid already has another job where where he takes 5 ships and does something that everyone said couldn't be done, so they put him in charge of a planetary force. Makes sense, right? He wins one battle on the ground and commands five ships that pretend to attack to scare a planet, so that qualifies him in to be in charge of a whole planet's army. He wins one battle, so then the make him Commander and Chief of All of the planetary armies! At that point I gave up and moved on to a much better book. oh well...I wish I had that credit back....
"35 years ago I loved this. Now it seems very thin"
In 1957, two years before the first version of “Dorsai!” was serialized in in “Astounding Science Fiction”, Peter Graham coined the phrase: “The Golden Age of Science Fiction is twelve.”
I started reading science fiction in the sixties when I was ten but I didn’t get to “Dorsai!” until my early twenties. I was still a twelve-year-old at heart and most science fiction excited me. I loved the puzzle-solving, the removal of constraints, the triumph of optimism. I was already being lured towards a different, more socially-based sensibility by writers like Ursula K Le Guin and her “Left Hand of Darkness” but I was still up for hard-core space opera when I read “Dorsai!”
At the time, I found it literally astonishing: the idea of a military race, bred to fight and lead and win, producing a genius who would shape the fate of many world’s by fighting as little as possible was new and fresh. The pace was brisk, The plot turned on its heals at lightning speed and the ending caught me completely by surprise. It was a celebration of what I was looking for in Science Fiction at the time.
So, when I saw the audio version on audible.com, I thought it would be fun to relive all of that.
It turns out, I’m not twelve any more. I was not thrilled. The plot is still clever and the pace is still brisk but how had I not seen how shallow the characters were, how ridiculously male-dominated the book was, how morally bankrupt the politics was and how dishonestly bloodless the fighting was?
“Dorsai!” is well read by Stefan Rudnicki and offers a pleasant way to while away the hours. It is a book of its time but that time is no longer mine.
"A Classic that still holds up well"
Although a bit dated these days in terms of modern culture and technology, it is still well worth following Dickson as he explores his ideas.
"average military Sci-Fi"
This book is just OK. It's average military Sci-Fi fare. I will not be reading another book in the series.
"Pleased to remeet an old friend"
Excellent story line by superb author read long ago now in audio with rather flat narrative.
"old fav, new format"
only better in terms of storage, we're downsizing!
Donal Graeme was a strong believable character throughout his growth as a person
All Gordon R. Dickson books are books you want to inhale
"Great to listen to story I read 40 years ago"
Can't remember as so long ago, but narration is good
A persons story - in a futuristic galaxy
Dorsai - to me its catching, but perhaps best as a series - so solder ask not is probably more catching
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