Vengeance of Orion (Orion, # 2)

ISBN: 0812531612
ISBN 13: 9780812531619
By: Ben Bova

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The immortal being who has become the champion of humankind must struggle to find the woman he loves in the mystical world of the Great Hunter.

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Good ol' fun action sci/fi, blending mythology with civilization historicity.

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Orion narrates his sudden awakening as a slave. He lays seige to Troy with Odysseus, brings down the walls of Jericho, and raises rightful Prince Aramset to power of Pharoah in Egypt. But the Greek "gods" are only powerful future humans: Apollo his master, Athena his beloved. The enlivening of long adored mythology, into a single tale, is beyond thrilling, mired by divine entanglements. (Name spellings are tricksy, maybe blame Greeks, not Bova.)Does a hero lie to both sides who entrust him to negotiate? "Without hesitating, I lied" p77. Destroy a beautiful city and innocents? "I felt no exultation" p135. Sacrifice his lover, already pawn to men? "warm fire in my arms .. made love again" p175, "bartered her like a piece of furniture or a gaudy ornament" p293. He blames others. "But I knew, that what I did, I did for myself" p293. (I added commas, for clarity.)Orion wants to be free, but humans never are. "The goal of life is death" p111. His companions serve as reflective side-kicks, only seen in the mirror of his self-image: (view spoiler)[ blinded, (hide spoiler)] old storyteller Poletes, (view spoiler)[ bed-warmer (hide spoiler)] Helen, and guide Nefertu, minor city diplomat. All are tangled in convoluted political wranglings. I prefer fast action scenes, when fights tear off the cobwebs. Humans immortalized over centuries to heroes are brought back down to earth (movie potential) by their conversations, vivid detail of hair, build, dress, mannerisms, attitudes. Identical twins, though simply divided by rigid Jekyll and Hyde morals, are preferable to clones as plot device. (TV "Orphan Black" stars Canadian Tatiana Maslany as clones Final verdict = worth the hours in lands of legend, maybe try outside series next.AfterwordBova claims science fiction "must deal fairly with the known laws of science, and reasonable extrapolations thereof" p341. But what is "reasonable" limit to extrapolate? Black hole time travel pushes limits to me. Legends influence more than historical evidence. The maxim that technology can seem like magic has been around long enough to seem truth. http://www-users.c Thus my Fantasy shelf includes "science fiction" that creates worlds unlike our own. Bova reasons believably. Horse-hide covered seige engines may have been known to Hittites, not Acaians (Odyseeus). City walls may have collapsed while priests marched in Bible's Book of Jericho. "Egyptians were intelligent enough to realize that killing male children would not alter the Jewish birthrate; killing female children would .. later generations of Jewish scribes were so thoroughly male-oriented that they changed the story to agree with their concepts of male importance and dominance" p340. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>


Widely considered to be Bova’s masterpiece, I never really figured out these books (and yet for some reason I read three of them). Our titular hero loses his memory, fights evil as he jumps back and forth in different eras of past and future. These jumps are more or less out of his control. He constantly loses and regains his beloved. The first book is decent, but after that it’s really just rinse and repeat and they blend into each other in my memory. I gave up after book three.


This second book of Bova's Orion series falls on the line between science fiction and fantasy. The historical aspects of the book are quite interesting and held my attention, but the characters are all fairly one dimensional. It's a book I wanted to like more but it fell short of its potential

Allen Petro

Not as good as the first Orion Book, but still a great read.


Outside of historical and theological inaccuracies this book was a pleasant diversion.


Much better than the first book.

Jeff Stockett

There are two things I love about the Orion books. I love Orion's character, his near super human abilities, his desire to do the right thing coupled with his very human feelings of anger and vengeance.The second thing I love is the rewriting of history. I love to experience the familiar stories but from a different perspective, a retelling that fills in the gaps that have been lost to history and gives a plausible explanation.This book has plenty of both. We get to know Orion even better, we get to see him dominate in battle, and we get to experience some fun history. This time around, Orion is Osiris from Egyptian mythology, he fought in the Trojan war and assisted Joshua in bringing down the walls of Jericho.Definitely a worthwhile read. I loved it when I was 15, and I loved it today.


Enjoyable trawl through history.


Definitely better than the first! I really like the character development of Orion in this book. In the first one he was simply a machine for a task. He tried to rebel against the Gods but failed. What I like about this book is that he is no longer transported by the gods. His anger has taught him to battle the gods, and by the end (in Egypt) we see that he has finally risen to the point where humans treat him as a god. I'm currently reading the next one, and I'm guessing Set will teach him, unknowingly, how to bring the gods down


Orion finds himself thrust into the middle of the Trojan was by his Golden mystical oppressor. A great Sci-Fi historical type novel. Looking forward to the next in the series.


This is probably my favorite of the Orion series so far. I've had a hell of a time getting hold of all the novels since they're out of print. But this has the all the really great elements of the Orion books. Orion continues his travels through time, seemingly at the mercy of the powerful beings who claim to have created both him and the human race and who have godlike powers, but who are nonetheless as petty and as scheming as mere mortals.If this reminds anyone of Greek mythology, it should; it is in the background of ancient history that the Orion series unfolds. Orion is doomed to wander history; he is supposedly doing the will of the god called the Golden One who bears a suspicios resemblance to Apollo. However, Orion has a deep sense of right and wrong, and, for the most part, does what he thinks is best in the situation he finds himself in. Much of the time his actions work against the will of the "god"; other times, he winds up fulfilling it.This particular book rests on an intersting series of historical coincidences: that the Greeks sacking of Troy and the fall of Jericho happened roughly at the same time, and that the fall of the Hittites and a major transformation in Egyptian society also occurred in this epoch. What Bova does is, through Orion, have the same perosn on hand to witness all of these events. Except for one fact, the changinf of which he explains in an afterword, Bova wrote so that his story "squares" with the best historical information that was avaialble at the time he wrote.The result is an action packed, fast moving, thoroughly engaging science fiction romp that teaches a lot about history and classical mythology. If you know your Homer, the novel comes doubly alive.Lest classical mythogy seem boring to you, I promise that this is a great, great read whether you know the old tales or not. It's really terrific.I've actually tried to contact Bova about the possibility of getting the series back into print and about whether he intends to write anymore. So far, all I got was a polite non answer from a web master, but I shall persevere! The books are that good; I usuall don't "go gaga" over books or series like this, but the series is terrific.

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