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Rolling Hot (Hammer's Slammers #4)

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Colonel Hammer has only a mixed bag of recruits and battle-fatigued veterans to relieve a district capital that has to be rescued. Rolling Hot is sure to follow the success of David Drake's Hammer's Slammers (nearly a million in print) and the bestselling tie-in adventure game.
Paperback, 280 pages
Published September 1st 1989 by Baen Books (first published 1989)
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Mike Montesa
Dec 06, 2007 Mike Montesa rated it it was amazing
Shelves: science-fiction
David Drake knocks it out of the park with Rolling Hot, easily his best Hammer's Slammers novel. The story is loosely based on the Tet Offensive during the Vietnam War, and told from the viewpoints of four main characters, each with a very different take on events. The action gets going and doesn't let up, and the ending is as grim and gritty as you would expect from Drake.
Steven Vaughan-Nichols
This is my favorite of the Hammer's Slammers novels. It's dark as dark can be. For me, it works well at capturing the mess that's war. The characters are interesting and kept my attention from beginning to end.
Sean Evans
Jan 22, 2014 Sean Evans rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Other than the fact that an interstellar civilization that has recon drones and satellites, but no air combat capabilities, this is a fun story. The combat seems realistic (although vastly skewed in terms of capabilities, and the story never stops. For pulp combat sci-fi, it is what it's supposed to be.
Jun 13, 2013 Larry rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In this Hammer’s Slammers story … Mercenaries are in a base camp, just out of battle. Yet, these maintenance staff personnel, soldiers in for R&R (who really need it) and the dregs of the unit are called upon for an important – almost suicidal – mission.

It’s “tank” combat – a big battle and a then an even BIGGER battle. It’s an intense read.

Including friendly fire and civilian causalities, I’m afraid that this is what future combat and weapons will become.

Michael Barnette
Sep 06, 2010 Michael Barnette rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: military scifi buffs
Shelves: military-scifi
One of my favorite Hammers's Slammers books, lots of action, a bunch of great well drawn characters. Written during the 'tank phase' of military scife it remains one of the definitive works of the genre.
Not as good as the original Hammer's Slammers short stories but pretty entertaining reading.
Carl Cash
Military Scifi is a great sub-genre. I liked it.
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May 16, 2014 Wade London rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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David Drake is an American author of science fiction and fantasy literature. A Vietnam War veteran who has worked as a lawyer, he is now one of the major authors of the military science fiction genre.
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