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Far Country (BattleTech Universe #23)

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The most successful science fiction role-playing game of all time, Battletech is also a crossover book winner. Now the bestselling Battletech series continues as an alien land provides the warriors' ultimate challenge--and rebel and government forces are at each other's metal throats.
Paperback, 368 pages
Published October 1st 1993 by Roc
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Feb 19, 2015 Jwest82 rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Battletech Fans
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This is a book that has been at the center of many debated in the Battletech universe. Aliens, not the Clans but actual aliens. The difference is that humans are the aliens not the Tetate on whose planet the humans land. I think it is worth a read simply because it is something different in the canon that does not involve the 'mechs as the main characters. This book is a study of no matter what opportunities we have in front of us people will always want more, even if what we want has no real va ...more
This book is different from the other Battletech stories. The book opens with a jumpship having an accident during jump 500 years before the current battletech setting (meaning that Battlemechs are just a new idea) and the dropships crashland on an uncharted planet. 500 years later the same thing happens but this time with 5 battlemechs on board.

What happens is a mixture of different ideas - how the original strandees have evolved, sharng the planet with an alien species and how the humans cope
Eric Lawson
Far Country by Peter L. Rice is a strange novel in the Battletech Universe. It has aliens and descendants of the survivors of a shipwreck. Into this world another jump disaster shipwrecks a DEST infantry group, a lance of mercenary mechwarriors and survivors from the crews of the jumpships and dropships.

I didn't really enjoy this book, partly because it is such a departure from the Battletech Universe, but also because the characters are very stupid. The DEST commander the worst of all.
Far Country is a bit of a departure from the "main line" of BattleTech novels. It's okay, and worth a read, but be prepared for something not-quite-vanilla-flavoured-BattleTech.

It's a decent BattleTech novel, and the addition of sentient aliens doesn't intrude too much.

In the end, I liked the novel for what it was. But I wouldn't recommend it as typical BattleTech.
Friedrich Haas
Though it is outside of what happens in the BT universe, I enjoyed having an alien species, the one and only time to my knowledge, and I really enjoyed the use of the LAM.
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