First let me say, I grew up reading Asimov, Heinlein, and many other scifi greats. I love the genre and have pretty high standards to become really impressed. Weber simply takes the cake. His works are more a subset of scifi (military scifi) however, don’t let that deter you. The rich stories will keep you locked into his novels.
Empire from the Ashes is my favorite set of books from him. Enter Commander Colin Maclntyre, USN. What starts out as a routine training mission to the moon, Colin discovers that the Moon wasn’t a natural body, but rather a massive warship. A “planitoid.” The “moon,” 3000 kilometer diameter warship, calls itself Dahak of the 4th Imperium. Dahak, or the artificial intelligence that calls itself Dahak, has been stuck without a crew or a way to complete its mission for 51,000 years. Colin is recruited to be its Commanding Officer.
In Mutineers’ Moon, (the first of the 3 books) Colin has to fight the original mutiny that caused Dahak to be in its predicament, as well as human insurgents. Dahak must also try to contact and reunite with the Imperium.
In The Armageddon Inheritance, (the second of the 3 books) Colin must fight against an invasion of genocidal aliens, the Achuultani. This has a feel of continuation from the first book. These aliens periodically swarm through the galaxy exterminating all other races. Earth, at its present level of technology, can’t resist them. Dahak is working with them to bring Imperial technology to Earth as quickly as possible, but old warning arrays are being activated. So Colin and Dahak leave in search of the Fleet that should be responding to the warning arrays. This novel is different from the first in that it really ramps up the scale. We go from fighting a group of mutineers planet side, to actual Fleet action.
In Heirs of Empire, Colin’s children take much of the lead. This third and final book has a bit more separation between it and the second book. We have had a few years pass, giving the kids time to grow up. Our time is spent between viewing them and their battles and the plots against Colin’s government back on Earth and Bia. This novel does a great job of balancing intrigue and action.
Weber is my favorite, and if you pick this up and give it a try. I think you will see why. It is an epic space opera that keeps you in its grip the whole time.