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Carnifex (Desert Called Peace #2)

4.06  ·  Rating Details ·  796 Ratings  ·  20 Reviews
Revenge: it won’t bring your wife and kids back, but it might help with the nightmares.
Patricio Carrera has been waging what amounts to a private world war to bring to justice the murderers of his family. He’s raised an army and air force and used them. He’s raised a fleet and he’s about to use that. He’s suborned one republic and is about to undermine another. He’s tracke
Hardcover, 688 pages
Published November 6th 2007 by Baen
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David Broussard
Feb 16, 2012 David Broussard rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi, military
The second book in the series we continue the process of Carrera taking his revenge on the Salafi terrorists that killed his wife and children. After success in Sumer (Iraq) the Legion del Cid returns home. The Progressives have won their election and as a result have fired the LdC. But...the war still rages in Pashtia (Afghanistan) and eventually the Federated States of Columbia (USA) will have to turn once more to the LdC.

So Carrera extorts a huge sum from the FSC and the Legion deploys to Pa
Howard Anders
Dec 28, 2014 Howard Anders rated it really liked it
This is the second book in Mr. Kratman's "Carrera" series. In my view it is at least as good, probably better than the first book. In "Carnifex," Kratman continues to use the fiction of "future"events on a planet colonized by Earth, to critique recent military actions in Panama, the Gulf, and Afghanistan. The series is also social commentary on the possible result of current political and social trends. Since the series takes place in the future, "Duque" Carrera has the history of these events ...more
Feb 24, 2012 Roberta rated it really liked it
Shelves: sciencefiction
Second book in the series. Patricio Carrera has built a military force for his adopted country of Balboa that is technically a mercenary company for the express purpose of revenge.

A loosely veiled critique of our world, its countries, and progressives, Kratman shows how a military should prosecute total war to defeat an enemy through his fictional legion led by the honorable and ruthless Carrera who seeks revenge for the death of his wife and children at the hands of Salafi (Moslem jihadist) ter
I.F. Adams
Mar 24, 2016 I.F. Adams rated it liked it
Another fantastic bit of war-porn and social-political commentary from Mr. Kratman. Ill admit to actually really liking them. I don't necessarily agree with everything, but it occasionally actually gives some pause for thought, which is not something someone expects from this sex and violence riddled romp.

Im torn on some parts there where I like seeing perspectives on how to build and support a "real"-ish army, but sometimes it just drags because of it. Has some of that ponderousness I sometimes
May 05, 2015 True rated it really liked it
Fun series, great escapism, gets annoying at points when he tries to hard to match the nations and politics of the current world era to this future world, but it's not a totally new trick. Piers Anthony did the same thing with Bio of a Space Tyrant. Worth reading and keeping. Kratman's thoughts on warfare, government, the role of soldiers and citizenry have direct tie ins with Heinlein's thoughts on the same subjects.
Jan 11, 2012 James rated it it was amazing
The second book in the Legion El Cid series. Continues on from A Desert called Peace. Builds on the characters you first met in the first book and develops the concept and worlds brilliantly. This was the fourth book I read as an e-book and will continue to purchase and read more this way. The moral dilemma facing the major character and his protagonist at the end of the story is well written.
Aug 13, 2015 Felix rated it liked it
A good read-almost non-science fiction, but from today's headlines.The afterword is quite eye-opening in ways!
While I like this series and this book, there seems to be a focus on sex bugs me a little.

Also this is a VERY "right" book and series, so if you're left leaning, not sure if you'd like it.
Daniel Hamad
As with the previous book in this series, the author takes what might be a valid political point to a ridiculous extreme. Only good storytelling saves this from the waste bin.
John Davies
Jan 18, 2015 John Davies rated it really liked it
Not a bad followup book to his first in this series, but the future/past flashbacks confused me a few times. I look forward to reading the next book.
Dec 13, 2011 Beau rated it liked it
Lots of loose ends. Plenty for the next book. Or the one after that.

I almost felt like he would rather write books than tell the story.
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