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John O'Ryan is not a god...not exactly. He is an eternal warrior destined to combat the Dark Lord through all time for dominion of the Earth. Follow him, servant of a great race, as he battles his enemy down the halls of time, from the caves of our ancestors to the final confrontation under the hammer of nuclear annihilation.
©1984 Ben Bova (P)2010 Audible, Inc
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"Non-stop action and mind-bending concepts combine to make Orion absolutely unforgettable…. Ben Bova brings it to life on a canvas spread over time and space." (Isaac Asimov)
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3 out of 5 stars
By Jim "The Impatient" on 10-06-2012

Cornucopia of Genre's

If Sheldon from the Big Bang Theory was to write a comic book, this would be it. This is the combination of Super Hero, Mythology, Physics, Beast Master, Historical Fiction, Yogi, Sci-Fi, Military Sci-Fi and Time Travel. Sometimes it works and sometimes it does not.

The book is broke into four parts and an epilogue. Each part is a different time in history. Our hero starts in the future and is living backwards in time. If you like books about living backwards in time, you may want to check out Piers Anthony's, Bearing An Hourglass. Our hero is similar to Orson Scott Card's, Alvin, as he can control all of his bodily functions, such as heart rate, etc. The first part I thought at the time was dumb and I did not think I would finish the book. Later I realized that the first part is necessary to the story. The characters all seem cliche, but this changes as the story goes. At times I was not even sure who was the bad guy and who was the good guy.

The second part I enjoyed more as our main character spends time with the Mongols. If you like this part you will really like Conn Iggulden's, Genghis Trilogy. Then we spend time with prehistoric man, a reminder of Jean Auel's Cave Man series. Then we go to a weirder time, which I will not explain, so as not to ruin the story. Part of it is suppose to be a surprise, which most people will have already figured out.

There is some talk on evolution, fusion power and why man kills. Ben Bova seems to be one of the few writers in favor of nuclear power, which I liked just simply because it is different from the norm.

I liked parts two and three, but was not crazy about all the rest and as a whole it was just so, so. I might listen to some of the rest in the series if they are on sale.

Narrator is Rudnicki, who like usual is great.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Professor on 28-11-2012


Orion is man made more than a man, as he is given superhuman abilities to act as a warrior avatar in the conflict between one god, and another supposedly dark god Ahriman.

His life is lived as he is sent to various periods throughout time, and he quickly has to learn to live and adapt here, as well as overcome Ahriman's influence.

Basically the first book has a finished a story, so it was a long time before I read the second book, but as i found out the second book is even better.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Mr L S Knowles on 15-12-2010

Ben Bova, Orion Series.

If you enjoy using your imagination then this is a fantastic fantastical series. Very well orated, timeless concepts, surprising that the first book in the series was written in the 80's - amazing foresight.

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