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The Prince
Hardcover, 1151 pages
Published September 2002 by Example Product Manufacturer
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Sep 19, 2011 Andreas rated it it was ok
This omnibus collects all the John Christian Falkenberg novels. It consists of:

Falkenberg’s Legion
Prince of Mercenaries
Go Tell the Spartans
Prince of Sparta

The story ranges from the fall of the CoDominium to the rise of Sparta and the First Empire of Man that replaces it. However the macro story takes a backseat to the battles.

This is solid military SciFi. However, the fact that the first two novels are in fact lashups of earlier works set to a common frame gives the whole story a somewhat di
Nov 13, 2015 Graves rated it it was amazing
The capstone of the Aldersonverse, this brings together just about all of Pournelle's CoDominium Era fiction into one place. It is quite likely what, in its component version, what got me into mil-SF in the first place. Pournelle having seen the elephant, it had the ring of reality to it even when I was reading parts as a preteen, and now as retired military I recognize things I know from experience.

The only thing wrong with it is that despite decades of begging the good Dr Pournelle, he's stil
May 26, 2016 Scott rated it it was amazing
This is a collection of all 4 books in the series, and I believe it has some additional material. If you can, read this series in this book form. And it's a fine series, if you like space, and battles, and warfare. And good characters.
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Old school military sf at its best. It starts out quite disjointed as this is a whole bunch of short stories, novellas and novels stuck together, but get past the first third and it's a very enjoyable read in an interesting universe.
Nov 17, 2007 colleen rated it liked it
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Previously published in four parts as Falkenberg's Legion and Prince of Mercenaries by Jerry Pournelle, and Go Tell the Spartans and Prince of Sparta by Jerry Pournelle and S.M. Stirling.
Jan 21, 2008 Andrea rated it it was amazing
This is actually several novels and I think a novella or two combined. The combonation of social commentary and hard science fiction is an absorbing read.
Apr 06, 2016 Ron rated it really liked it
Old school speculative literature which really focuses on creating a fictional world with a clearly expressed set of rules and problems and then asking: what if..?
May 27, 2012 Jefferson rated it liked it
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The quality of the series contained in this book lowers considerably with the addition of a second author, S. M. Stirling.
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Dr Jerry Eugene Pournelle is an American science fiction writer, engineer, essayist, and journalist, who contributed for many years to the computer magazine Byte, and has since 1998 been maintaining his own website and blog.

From the beginning, Pournelle's work has centred around strong military themes. Several books describe the fictional mercenary infantry force known as Falkenberg's Legion. Ther
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Other Books in the Series

Falkenberg's Legion (7 books)
  • The Mercenary
  • West Of Honor
  • Future History (Moties 0.5, Falkenberg's Legion, #a-b)
  • Falkenberg's Legion (Falkenberg's Legion #1)
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  • Go Tell the Spartans (Falkenberg's Legion #3)
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“Mr. Prince, would you like to know the most significant event in the history of freedom?"

"The American Revolution?"

"A defensible choice, a close second even, but not mine. I would choose the moment when the Roman plebians required the patricians to write down the twelve tables of the law and put them where everyone could see them -- thereby proclaimed the law supreme over the politicians. The rule of law is the essence of freedom.”
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