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The Mercenary (Falkenberg's Legion a)

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Falkenberg's first lesson is that loyalty is to the fleet and not to the precarious coalition government of Earth. His second is that the navy's mission is to exist, preserving the peace in the far-flung corners of the galaxy in the hope that at least some portions of the human race may be saved when Earth destroys itself...

The Mercenary is a parable for our times: the di...more
Mass Market Paperback, A Kangaroo Book, 223 pages
Published February 1977 by Pocket Books
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Olethros
-De lo militar como resultado de lo político, o más bien de su falta de resultados.-

Género. Ciencia-Ficción.

Lo que nos cuenta. Tras un brevísimo retrato de la incorporación de John Christian Falkenberg a la Armada del CoDominio (versión futurista la Legión Extranjera francesa) saltamos a finales de un siglo XXI en el que los políticos deben enfrentar la oposición y los nacionalismos que se han exacerbado en las colonias espaciales y el Coronel Falkenberg, al mando de un pequeño destacamento de...more
Christopher
Very, very uneven. Not enough background information to gauge who was who in the battle scenes, initial chapters seemed completely unrelated to the rest of the plot, and rough transitions. However, the strategy and battle scenes were extremely well written and the romance was believable and uplifting at the end. I would recommend skimming the initial parts of the book, as the good parts do make up for it eventually.
Gordon
This was a good read after West of Honor, the military lifestyle and culture is strong and the tactics valid. It is the French Foreign Legion in the future.
Karthik
Good military novel. Interesting read but not up to the level of Gordon Dickson's Tactics of Mistake.
Mark
Two novellas poorly glued together. Not worth reading.
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Dr Jerry Eugene Pournelle is an American science fiction writer, engineer, essayist, and journalist, who contributed for many years to the computer magazine Byte, and has since 1998 been maintaining his own website and blog.

From the beginning, Pournelle's work has centred around strong military themes. Several books describe the fictional mercenary infantry force known as Falkenberg's Legion. Ther...more
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