Master storyteller Fred Saberhagen continues his best-selling Berserker series, detailing humanity's war with the dreaded juggernaut-like machines programmed to destroy all life in the galaxy.
On the Twin World planets, Plenipotentiary Gregor is determined to serve his government—even if it means executing innocent Huvean hostages, invaders from another planet—and even though Gregor's own granddaughter, Luon, is in love with a Huvean. But now the Berserkers are threatening the Twin Worlds, capturing the planets' president and reprogramming his brain to suit their violent agenda. And only the Huveans, in a desperate reprieve, can save the Twin Worlds' populace from annihilation.
OK, I will start with a disclaimer: I have never read/listened to any of the other works in Saberhagen's Berserker series, which are supposed to be excellent sci-fi. From what I can tell, this is a prequel to most of the other Berserker books and familiarity with the other stories isn't essential to understanding the book....although it might enhance your enjoyment of the book. I wasn't familiar with the others and I didn't particularly enjoy it.
Berserker Prime is best described as an instance of space opera, with the usual trappings: noble, larger-than-life heroes....an implacable, hard to defeat robotic enemy...the obligatory young lovers unjustly separated...the triumph of human spirit over the evils of the universe. Unfortunately, it was not particularly well-written space opera, the ending could be seen a mile off and, after a while, completing it just became an exercise in plodding along.
I generally like Paul Michael Garcia's readings in shorter works, but this is the first time I've encountered a full novel narrated by him. I think he did a pretty good job, but his reading was generally somewhat bland. Also, there were a few audio glitches which were irritating but not disastrous.