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The Flying Warlord (Conrad Stargard #4)

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For a twentieth-century man, Conrad Stargard had done a lot in thirteenth-century Poland. In just nine years, he had "discovered" universal education, aircraft, radios, steamboats, and machine guns. More important, he had prepared Poland to defeat the bloodthirsty Mongols in 1241.

But now that the Mongol hordes had arrived, something was disturbing the flow

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Published by Del Rey Books (first published 1989)
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Matthew Esham
Sep 12, 2012 Matthew Esham rated it it was amazing
Come people, a trend downward from the first three books (on goodreads)? This as the best so far!!!

Who couldn't love the scene where the mongol ambassador comes and asks for the young Duke to bow down, and to show how feirce they are, seveal of the mongols cut their own throats. Conrad asks if another would do it, and another, and the mongol ambassador gets mad, asking what he is tryign to do. Conrad's reply is that if he can get them all to cut their down damn throats, he's got nothing to worry
Jonathan  McGaha
Oct 22, 2015 Jonathan McGaha rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy
Well, we finally got to the Mongols.
Alright, so, this isn't a history book so we'll just leave aside any and all criticism of how the Mongolian tactics are presented because Frankowski's version is laughable.

Apparently Mongolians just line up along a river bank to die by the hundreds of thousands. Sure, in some places (about six, maybe eight) they were building boat bridges, but in most places they were just... standing there shooting arrows at armored ships and making no effort whatsoever to ad
Jun 24, 2012 Arthur rated it it was amazing
The culmination of the original plotline and the book where it all comes together. The changing of narrative styles and essentially going fast-forward for the last 5 years was a pretty major departure in style from the previous 3 books. Unlike more "modern" series that never seem to end and reach a conclusion to their original premise, though, this book wraps up most of the original premise. This book has very little characterization and feels more like reading a history book in places. But it's ...more
Aug 15, 2014 Garrisonjames rated it it was amazing
Part of the series by Mr. Frankowski. Excellent engineering details, some fun time travel shenanigans, a good bit of military adventure and a protagonist who is a lot of fun to read about, despite his personal foibles. Conrads' preparations to survive and fight against the impending invasion by the Mongol Horde are an incredible journey of technological innovation, social reaction and interpersonal development that is a lot of fun to read about. There is some old fashioned sexism in the ...more
Jun 26, 2008 beancounter rated it liked it
The role of women in this series always leaves me conflicted 'long about Book 4. (This is my second or third read through the series.) On one hand, for a modern-day fellow, the protagonist has really sexist ideas of what women are good for. On the other hand, he is living in the 13th c., where such ideas were prevalent, yet he does give them many more opportunities than before.

And as a woman who has read (and liked) everything Heinlein ever wrote, it's not as if I'm a stranger to that author's
I love books that take a character and move him out of his time and place such as A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court, or The Chronicles of Narnia. This is one of my favorites. I love the world building. I could do without all the sex with nubile young women, but I'm not offended by it.
Time for Conrad and his army of radiant warriors to fight the mongols.
Mar 25, 2013 Matt rated it really liked it
This book was just as good as the first 3. The higher rating that I'm giving this book is meant to apply to the series as a whole. Individually they are all 3 stars. But as a whole, I'm giving the series 4 stars.
Timothy Boyd
Jan 25, 2016 Timothy Boyd rated it it was amazing
Incredibly good series. The baisc man-out-of-time story line but very involved. Excellent characters and story. Highly recommended.
MB (What she read)
Finally! The Mongols get their come-uppance! And WHAT a comeuppance! That was enjoyable.

However the misogyny and brain-less female characters are getting to me...
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