We Few (Empire of Man #4)
This is the fourth (and currently the l ...more
I loved this book. There were battles but not the jammed packed ones as in the other books. I think the kidnapping wasn't necessary to the story. And although I loved the ending, it seemed abrupt to me. Is she going to talk with the people to tell her side of the story just so the transition to Roger is more accepted? Also, I wish there was another book in the series. Author, if you can't find a publisher, make it an ebook please. Great sci-fi series.
The same strengths and weaknesses as his Honor Harrington books with a slightly better take on the point of view from in the ranks. The usual (and same) techno-babble as the Harrington books. Too-good-to-be-true hero, but at least we'r ...more
I finished it, and as I said in my review of book #3, this new save-the-empress plot could have been a nice separate series, but someone totally screwed-the-pooch by calling it ...more
The Prince Roger series ends with a showcase of classic military space battles. There's some uninteresting politicking. Small new characters, like the IBI trio. Mostly Mardukians again though. The rather dubious restaurant business did have me skipping pages at times... I did that a lot with the series. Seems Wingo does like to repeat himself. But the core is here - loyal barbarians, shipwreck xeno-threat fauna, butlers and weapons materials science. And that most important sense ...more
In the thoroughly satisfactory fourth and final installment in the interplanetary bildungsroman that Weber (_The Shadow of Saganami_) and Ringo (_When the Devil Dances_) began with March Upcountry (2001), Prince Roger and his Marine bodyguards, who've been struggling on the primitive planet Marduk, manage to obtain a starship. Later, they discover not only that Roger's Royal Mother's person and power have been co-opted in a palace coup but that the sabotage that marooned
It's also the worst book because the way Roger goes about leading a coup to claim the throne heavily involves establishing a fake nuveau-riche restaurant (?), arguing with beureacrats over permits (?), and other equally exciting scenarios.
The need for the coup is because Roger's mother has been supp ...more
Now we’re no longer on a long march of survival. Now it is Roger’s time to strike b ...more
The Story: Somehow Prince Roger and company make it off the planet and find that the Empire has been taken over in a coup and Roger's mother is being held hostage as a puppet ruler. Somehow he must save the Empire and his mother.
Any problems with the novel? Oh yeah. I'm not sure if this is a spoiler so I'm going to place it under spoiler just in case...
Prince Roger is in a pickle. After marching across an entire PLANET, fighting all numbers of ferocious beasts and barbarian tribes, almost getting eaten as a sacrifice, and very sneakily capturing a Saint ship to make the long journey home-Now Prince Roger is in real trouble. His mother the Empress Alexandra is the prisoner of seditio ...more
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I didn't give the series 5 stars because I felt that the space battles were very confusing. There were many new characters that were hard to track. Som ...more
Roger has turned from a spoiled little fop into a true MacClintlock during his journey. Watching friends and the only people that really cared for him die along the way may have had something to do with it or it may very well have just been the long arduous slog against near impossible odds.
I thoroughly enjoyed this series and wasn't disappointed at ...more
Excellent book, much action, lots of research and information on the topics covered, many references for readers to catch, a well develope ...more
Roger continues to grow - and finds himself surprised by people around him. We lose more good friends, but make more new ones.
The characters, both new and old are well dimensioned, and you can't help but either love or hate the main ones. Even the minor ones leave impressions.
Entertaining, comparatively rushed compared to the previous books (where things took ages and time moved slowly).
More of the same, but thankfully a different setting.
The story shifts between readable character play, and action. The action is better when it is dealing with characters who have personalit ...more
In the end, I was dissatisfied. OH MY GOD too much detail on galactic battle tactics and warfare. Who in their right mind, I'm talking about readers of fiction, wants to read/listen-to that level of minute detail? And when so damned many fleet officers were introduced during the final battle? How in seven hells did anyone keep those people straight? And little things like where was Erkum at the close of the story? Not even mentioned. So, too much battle detail and not enough character ...more
Hapless dandy prince crash lands on barbarian planet and sets off to a distant spaceport, growing into a leader of men in the process.
Excellent world-building, intriguing approach to technology and material science, lovely but excruciating love story... is what you get in the first three books. This last felt weakest (though perhaps thats just my lack of interest in space naval battles).
The rest of the series is absolutely top notch, Weber on perfect easy reading form.
I hear ...more
Many of his stories have military, particularly naval, themes, and fit into the military science fiction genre. He frequently places female leading characters in what have been traditionally male roles.
One of his most popular and enduring characters is Honor Harrington whose alliterated name ...more