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Mercenary's Star (BattleTech Universe #3)

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The continuation of the bestselling series based on the most popular SF role-playing game ever. As the battle between man and machine rages, the warriors of the Gray Death Legion are on their first assignment--to serve as the training cadre for farmer rebels seeking to overthrow their ruthless, mechanized oppressors.
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Jan 17, 2016 Jay rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Science Fiction and Anime fans, as well as those fans of the Battletech computer and miniature games
This book, as the second in the series, continues to serve as a great primer to the Battletech universe. The first quarter of the book details space travel and fighter combat that was only mentioned in the first book. This turned out to be very exciting and added a great dimension to the fictional scope.

This time, the Gray Death Legion has to run a Kurita blockade to land on a planet that has contracted them for aid and training. These sequences are probably the best in the book. Very dramatic a
Dec 13, 2014 Lee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Battletech fans, sci-fi fans
Shelves: sci-fi
I liked this one much better than the first. I found the planet and setting to be a much more interesting and appealing place than Trellwan, and the minor characters were more dynamic and developed. Grayson benefited from starting as a fairly admirable character, whereas in the prior book he hadn't learned a lot of his life lessons yet.

I found the battle scenes and military maneuvers compelling and interesting, and the mix of action and quieter developing scenes was well done.

Kagumo and the re
Eric Lawson
Mercenary's Star continues the story of the Gray Death Legion. It picks up 6 months after the ending of Decision at Thunder Rift. The legion are on Galatea looking for work and they have to take the only offer available. A 40 day mission to train a revolutionary army. Of course things don't go according to plan.

Grayson is an interesting character because of his youth and his training. As another character says during the book, he may be a tactical genius, but he knows nothing about people. This
Brian Turner
Apr 24, 2015 Brian Turner rated it really liked it
Following on from Decision at Thunder Rift, this looks at the Gray Death mercenary unit as they take their first contract.
The population of a planet under the rule of the Draconis Combine need help to get their people able to fight back.
What starts as a training mission soon becomes a lot more as the Gray Death are moved to the front of the action.

The characters are well done, and carry baggage from the first book. Grayson Carlyle has to learn about commanding disparate units that make up his ar
Andrzej Kaczmarczyk
Made for a light read.

From a boardgame player persepctive the mech combat scenes were built on so many lucky shots, that it made me WTF constantly. To the point, that in scenes of single light mech against regiments combat I felt no drama, as some lucky shot was bound to happen. But, that was consistent with the previous book, so I guess this is Keith's style and you just need to like it or ignore it.

I liked the book as a whole and I liked especially the scenes that were outside the 'Mechs. The
Chris Whetsell
Sep 24, 2011 Chris Whetsell rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Mercenary Star" is really dense, but once the characters are introduced and the action gets going, it never stops. It's a bit old-school in terms of the 'mechs used and whatnot, but overall it's very enjoyable.
Zwar nicht so gut wie "Entscheidung am Thunder Rift", aber auch sehr gut.
Brandon Warren
Jan 24, 2014 Brandon Warren rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great series
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Bill Keith was raised in the mountains of western Pennsylvania, and served in the Navy as a corpsman for many years. In addition to writing fiction and non-fiction works, he is an award-winning illustrator/artist.

He has also published under the psuedonyms:
Ian Douglas (SF series: Heritage, Legacy, Inheritance, Star Carrier series)
H. Jay Riker (SEALS:The Warrior Breed series)
Keith Douglass (Carrier
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