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We Few (Empire of Man #4)

4.18  ·  Rating Details ·  6,027 Ratings  ·  119 Reviews
Prince Roger MacClintock was an heir to the galaxy's Throne of Man-and a self-obsessed spoiled young brat . . . until he and the Royal Marines sent to protect him were stranded on Marduk with only their feet to get them half way around the entire planet. So far, they've traversed a continent, crossed a sea full of ship-eating monsters, taken over an enemy spaceport, and hi ...more
Paperback, 576 pages
Published September 1st 2006 by Baen (first published April 5th 2004)
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Oct 14, 2013 Carl rated it really liked it
I've heard people say the John Scalzi is the Robert Heinlein of today. Having read the "Old Man" series, I don't really agree with that. I can see why people would say that because Scalzi's writing doesn't really fit into any classification, and possibly comes closer to Heinlein than any other category you might want to put him in. However, several time while reading the "Prince Roger" series, I found myself thinking of the writing style of Robert Heinlein.

This is the fourth (and currently the l
Carolyn F.
Feb 04, 2017 Carolyn F. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

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.
Oct 20, 2011 Ron rated it really liked it
No better than the rest of his "March" series, but Weber gets an extra star because he finally finished it. The Three "March" books had enough plot for one good book. And, yes, Weber could have drawn We Few out into two more books, but it would have been pointless.

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
Dixie A.
Sep 06, 2014 Dixie A. rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, reviewed
The last of the series and certainly the most complicated. Also the only one that can completely stand on its own as a novel. While all of them are written as complete stories, each of the other books are still part of a series and so the characters and situations aren't reintroduced over and over again, and when the action does stop, you have the feeling that there's a goal just waiting on the horizon. This book, on the other hand, rehashes the whole series and reintroduces the important charac ...more
Dec 31, 2013 Linsela rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
My God, what happened? One would almost think this book was written by Orson Scott Card & a committee! Warning: Narration Ad-Nauseum! First, there is the problem that the FIRST wonderful/exception plot line from books 1 and 2 has been trashed, but this book constantly rehashes and retells things from books 1, 2, and 3.

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
Ryan Abe.
Mar 29, 2013 Ryan Abe. rated it really liked it
gods damn great book. just as thrilling, entertaining, thought provoking, and pleasing to read as the last 3...except in the back 9 you start to grow weary of nobodies taking center stage as if they survived Marduk. particularly the "naval battle" in the end was just damn boring since all I cared about was Roger and the Basiks Own. not some moff wannabe fighting other carbon copy moff wannabes. sucks. because it is important for them to be there in the story. they make sense. it moves along the ...more
Oct 03, 2014 Dmitry rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Excellent saga

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
Jeffrey Grant
Sep 18, 2012 Jeffrey Grant rated it really liked it
This book was a little weaker. I feel like the authors may have wanted to do this as another three book effort but then got told that they had other things to do, so they took the major plot points and just shoved them all together. Still a good story with well-written battles and dialogue, but some of it felt rushed or half-baked, and deus ex shows up a bit too often. Also the ending doesn't provide adequate emotional closure in my opinion.
Oct 20, 2013 Simon rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the culmination of a four book saga. This finale goes on and on and on almost to the point of pain. The author needs to realise that often less really is more...OR...he could have cut out some of the more tiresome text in favour of actually resolving the story line instead of leaving threads hanging for yet another volume in the series...
Feb 25, 2014 Matt rated it liked it
Good wrap up, but way way too technical on the space battles
Mandy Galileo
Mar 11, 2017 Mandy Galileo rated it really liked it
Fantastic finish to a great series. Well paced and plotted, wonderful characters which drew me in from book 1. The series really did a nice job showing the evolution of the main character and his maturation. Strongly recommend every book.
Walt O'Hara
Sep 18, 2015 Walt O'Hara rated it really liked it
I have just finished the Empire of Man/Prince Roger series (so far), from book 2 March UpCountry to book 4 We Few. This is my second attempt at a David Weber series-- the first being the Safehold series, which created such a poor opinion that I abandoned it mid-read. I know that SF fans seem to enjoy Honor Harrington and I admit I haven't read any of those. I probably should have started there. Anyway, with the metaphorical bad taste in my mouth after Safehold I tried the March To the Sea (#2 in ...more
Mar 02, 2014 Jim rated it liked it
From Publishers Weekly

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

Dec 09, 2016 Christopher rated it it was ok
This is both the best and worst book of the series. It's the best in that foppish Prince Roger finally comes home to claim his throne after having to lead troops across the hostile planet of Marduke.

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
Per Gunnar
Oct 17, 2012 Per Gunnar rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the fourth and last book in the Empire of Man series. As such it is quite different from the others in that the setting is no longer the primitive planet of Marduk but we’re now back to the “civilization” with all what it entails of modern weaponry, starships etc. However, the book brings along some of the best parts of the previous book such as the bestiary and Roger’s Mardukan friends. It’s clobber time!

Now we’re no longer on a long march of survival. Now it is Roger’s time to strike b
"We Few" is the last book of the Empire of Man series. I almost downgraded this book one star but it saved itself with good action sequences.

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...

Apr 24, 2014 Adam rated it really liked it
I really hope that this book has a sequel; the way it ends is almost criminal. Still, both Weber and Ringo shine in this, the fourth in the 'Empire of Man' series.

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
Apr 22, 2009 Ruth rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sci-fi
Last of the "Empire of Man" series... (so far, anyway. I can live in hope...) In the previous books, we watched Prince Roger McClintock grow from a self-obsessed clothes-horse into a real leader when he and his marine protectors were stranded on the swampy backwater planet of Marduk. Now, as Roger and his retinue finally manage to get a ship off Marduk, they find that Roger's mother's empire has been usurped; his older siblings (and heirs to the throne) have been killed, his mother has been drug ...more
Jan 22, 2015 Lizzie rated it it was amazing
This was a great finish to the series. How does Prince Roger infiltrate his home planet when the news says he killed his family? The scams are a good story themselves. Book 4 takes us back to civilization with enemies, allies, spies, space battles, saving Empress mom, and convincing the right people that the spoiled adolescent boy has grown up into a man fit to be king. Roger's alien troops come with him and are definitely more civilized than the politicians holding the Empress prisoner.

This is
Nick Nielsen
Apr 06, 2012 Nick Nielsen rated it really liked it
I really liked the finale of this series by John Ringo. The setting switches drastically from the other books, which take place on the planet Marduk, and we are thrown into a galactic setting where Roger is attempting to foil the Imperial coup taking place. There is plenty of great action and great dialogue, and it is a great ending to the series.

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
Steven Sheeley
We've reached the end, so far. Book 4 of the series written by David Weber & John Ringo wraps everything up and does so in a very satisfying way.

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
Apr 01, 2015 Chris rated it it was amazing
Powered armor, plasma cannons, spacecraft, political intrigue, plots, and betrayal. Deadly beasts and barbarians on the central imperial planet in the middle of a metropolis. Land battles for political dominion and space battles on a grand scale. Interesting perspectives on personal technology, with its own unique applications and pitfalls. What's not to love?

Excellent book, much action, lots of research and information on the topics covered, many references for readers to catch, a well develope
May 05, 2014 Lorri-lynne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audible
I love this series - there is some confusion about future books continuing Prince Roger's story, or backtracking to cover his grandmother Miranda. Either will work for me, but I really want to see both. Yes I am greedy.

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.

Aug 03, 2009 Shuhaha rated it really liked it
I learned that I picked up the last book in a four book series but read it anyway. The whole infiltrating the planet using a restaurant as a front part was difficult to get through... but the final battle! I loved the logic behind the final space battle and it was my introduction to the idea of communication lag in battles stretched out along that kind of distance. This was especially apparent with his idea of a computer envelope around the ships (even if they didn't fire the missles!) that you ...more
Jan 05, 2016 Rhiannon rated it it was amazing
This is the fourth book in a series and it is a quick read. I read the first book where the characters land on a barbaric planet last year. This time I read the 2,3, and 4 books over the holiday. This one doesn't even have chapters, but you can stop whenever the character switches. I liked how this book took the battle tactics to a new level focusing on space flight, which is more sci fi than the other books and more complicated. I'll admit, sometimes Weber goes over my head and seems too detail ...more
Dec 07, 2011 Andreas rated it liked it
The final book in the Empire of Man series has the ever smaller band finally getting off the planet Marduk. But their problems aren’t over. The Empire is in the hands of traitors who claim that Prince Roger is the real traitor. The bad buys also hold Roger’s mother, the Empress, under psychological control. This one is a departure for the series, with space battles and high level political intrigue. While still a cracking read, it suffers from Weber’s datadump writing at times. The action will s ...more
Dean Simons
Mar 31, 2016 Dean Simons rated it liked it
Four books and many lightyears later, the story is done. The setting has shifted. After three books stuck on the same planet, the action shifts through the galaxy and back to Earth for the finale.

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
Feb 16, 2014 David rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sci-fi
This book started slowly for me. I had just read through the previous three books in the series, and it just seemed like too much review and rehash. I even contemplated not reading it. But I pressed on and found the book to be a satisfying end to the series. There were a few setbacks along the way, but the storyline became very exciting and a rush to the end. One thing I really appreciate about Weber and Ringo's stories is that they develop their characters and hide some of the action and let me ...more
Dec 10, 2015 Kathleen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.75 stars

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
Oct 06, 2014 Dmitry rated it really liked it
Books 1-4 review.

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.

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David Mark Weber is an American science fiction and fantasy author. He was born in Cleveland, Ohio in 1952.

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
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Other Books in the Series

Empire of Man (4 books)
  • March Upcountry (Empire of Man, #1)
  • March to the Sea (Empire of Man, #2)
  • March to the Stars (Empire of Man, #3)

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