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Natural Selection (BattleTech Universe #19)

3.76  ·  Rating Details ·  421 Ratings  ·  4 Reviews
When sporadic Clan incursions into Inner Sphere territory supply mercenaries with more work than they can handle, Khan Phelan Ward and Prince Victor Davion--cousins, rulers, and enemies--must decide what to do.
Paperback, 288 pages
Published July 7th 1992 by Roc (first published January 1st 1992)
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Apr 08, 2015 Justin rated it it was ok
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Readers who like Victor Steiner-Davion must be blind to all his character faults. As holding the equivalent of major in the armed forces after 3-4 years, you would think he would know how to delegate. He refuses to listen to advice and even his must trusted adviser, Galen Cox, has to call out his stubbornness. While his battlefield skills are excellent, he still doesn't know how to work with others off the battlefield. No surprise that in the FedCom Civil War, he keeps losing the hearts and mind ...more
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May 18, 2015 Brian Turner rated it it was amazing
After the truce of Tukkayid, a group of bandits start hitting planets in the Inner Sphere.
A group from Clan Wolf is sent to stop them, but has no luck. After they wipe out an I.S. unit they were supposed to be supporting, the Kell Hounds are called in by Vicotr Steiner-Davion.

In the midst of this, Archo Melissa Steiner is assassinated, throwing everything into turmoil. Rumours fly that Victor had a hand in it.

So, this is where the final arc of the battletech space opera begins. As ever, Stackpol
Sep 08, 2007 Alex rated it it was amazing
Too bad theres no book cover. Basically, well executed, as always by the author. It provides a look into Clan / Inner Sphere politics, as pirate raids from what seems to be Clanners threatens to break the Truce of Tukayyid.

Phelan Ward, a Wolf command star, Lt. Col. Daniel Allard and the Kell Hounds must stop the Red Corsair and her raids...with the help of a traitor.

I love this book, since it's got four of my favorite elements. BattleMechs, Phelan, Dan Allard and the Kell Hound mercenary regimen
Eric Lawson
Natural Selection by Michael Stackpole tells the tale of the pirate Red Corsair and her clan technology equipped mechs raiding the Federated Commonwealth border. Khan Phelan Kell of the Wolves and Victor Steiner-Davion have to work together to stop the truce that has halted the Clan invasion from falling apart.

This book gives an interesting insight into Clan politics. The Wardens and Crusaders working against each other for their own vision of the future of the Inner Sphere.
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