Grimmer Than Hell
As the title suggests, most of the 14 stories (many of which first appeared in "shared universe" theme anthologies) in this collection from military SF master Drake are unrelenting in their depiction of the brutalities of war and its effect on warriors. Two tales stand out: "With the Sword He Must Be Slain," in which a former CIA paramilitary operative now fights for Hell in the Final War and wonders why the opposing forces are just as messed up as his own troops; and "Th
I found the last three tales, harder to deal with, mostly because of the central character, who I found quite unlikeable, but the fact he's as cunning as a cut snake, makes him intriguing enough for me to have finished them.
I found myself wanting ...more
This was a great anthology set. The characters are stark, humorous and memorable. The storytelling is tight and compact. Descriptions are just enough to visualize what's happening, but don't draw away from the story. Fans of Hammers Slammers will absolutely enjoy this book.
The quality of the stories is pretty good. None bad, none really outstanding. They're all pretty typical David Drake--violent, mean and ugly (am I a bad person because I like that?) Not something that would convince a non-Drake fan to start reading his stuff, but good for anyone who's a ...more