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We Few (Empire of Man #4)

4.16 of 5 stars 4.16  ·  rating details  ·  4,554 ratings  ·  85 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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Ender's Game by Orson Scott CardStarship Troopers by Robert A. HeinleinOld Man's War by John ScalziThe Forever War by Joe HaldemanOn Basilisk Station by David Weber
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Ron
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
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Carl
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 "Price Roger" series, I found myself thinking of the writing style of Robert Heinlein.

This is the fourth (and currently the la
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Ryan Abe.
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
Adam
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
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Jim
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

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Jeffrey Grant
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.
David
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
Linsela
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
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Dmitry
Hapless dandy prince crash lands on barbarian planet and sets off to a distant spaceport, all the while growing into a leader of men. Excellent worldbuilding, intriguing approach to technology and material science, lovely but excruciating love story. Thats what you get in the first three books. This last one felt like the weakest (though perhaps thats just my lack of interest in space naval battles). But the rest of the series is absolutely top notch. I hear theres going to be a fifth book, pres ...more
Dmitry
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
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Ruth
Jul 23, 2009 Ruth rated it 5 of 5 stars
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
Per Gunnar
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
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Lissa
When I finished this book I couldn't believe I was finished with the series. I thought "No! that can't be all!" So I immediately started looking for any news that there might be another one out there. Even a short story, something! My husband turned me on to this series and he said "sorry, love. I bought all of them. They didn't write any more." Ha! Ha! I found that another one comes out in Aug 2014! Throne of Stars. I can hardly wait!!!!!!
Nick Nielsen
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
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Spazfungus
I enjoy political maneuverings and plots more than outright battles, so this last book is my favourite in the series (so far), but I wouldn't have been able to appreciate Roger and co. actions and motivations without having read the first three books. The ending is very poignant and the tone a lot different (just like the characters themselves) from the first book
Shuhaha
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
Andreas
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
David Hutchins
A good story though less interesting than earlier books in the series. Exciting fight on land to retake the capital city and in space between the ships of imperial and rebel fleets. Solid conclusion though there is room for sequels to tie up loose ends of the story. Overall enjoyed the series, liked the leisurely pace of the writing that let the story breathe and helped develop the characters. By the end the planet Marduk and it's inhabitants seemed real. My criticisms would be that discussions ...more
Cole Simchick
Great end to the Empire of Man series - I wish they would take this further, even if it would not really fit with the overall theme.
Gary Scott
Very entertaining story line. Enjoy how they learn and adapt.
Amloid Mesa
Not the best book in the series, but a fitting ending to the series
Matt
Good wrap up, but way way too technical on the space battles
Jon
Best of the series. I want more.
Duzzlebrarian
Military-action-science-fiction, with bad baddies and even badder goodies. This is lighter stuff than Honor Harrington, with more fighting, more humour, and less boring Parliamentary intrigues.

Having read the first three, in which Prince Roger gets off Marduk, I had hopes of a further three in which Roger goes after the traitors who caused him to be stuck on Marduk in the first place. It does seem like this is the last of the series though. Poor little me.
Andrew Lloyd
as a stand alone novel, this was great. As the conclusion to the quadrilogy, it was incredible. Ringo and Weber were definitely on their A-game. The first 3 books have spent all this time building up to this and it was not disappointing. Tons of ground combat, epic space battles, awesome dialog, and character building. Now more than ever, you see that man that Roger has become. Perfect ending to this series (though there may be more books in the future).
Katherine Hunter
Well, all right, on the fourth book we finally get something different. I like this. It had a lot of plotting and planning and thinking and dealing. Still a lot of shooting things up but some of it took place in space, which I like in my space operas. I do think it was obviously written by men in regards to women talking about their bodies. No women I know talk like that. But finally something beyond shooting things.
Virginia
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Tressa
We Few is my favorite book of the series. There was a lot of political and military intrigue. I admit I was more comfortable with the “equal” footing of the battles as the combatants were on the same stage of development. At times, the story does get bogged down in minute details. I am very curious as to what will happen next in the Empire of Man.
Richard E.
Last book in the 4 volume series.
Really liked the way the main charcter 'grew' during the series.
The backroom hardboiled plots of assassination, regicide and Roger's own plots and plans, dovetail nicely to the rip-roaring ending.
Lost O.D.S. (Out Dere Somewhere) and how he manages to return to the the home planet of the Empire makes a good story.

Simon
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...
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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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