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Terrible Swift Sword (Lost Regiment #3)

4.05  ·  Rating Details ·  608 Ratings  ·  10 Reviews
A startling series that merges history with intrepid military science fiction in a fresh and energetic package, this latest edition proves that Forstchen's talent and possibilities are limitless. "Some of the best adventure writing in years!"--Science Fiction Chronicle.
Paperback, 464 pages
Published February 4th 1992 by Roc
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Dec 04, 2009 Rick rated it it was amazing
Great addition to the series, the "Empire Strikes Back" entry. The tension builds to such a level that I had to put the book down at times. The heroes never faced such odds, and they are hard-pressed to meet them. Dark, yet hopeful, this book sets the scene for the sequel.
May 20, 2011 Andreas rated it did not like it
An American Civil War regiment gets transported to a world where a savage spieces comes around every few years and collects tribute in the form of human flesh. Thisseries trods a well-worn path of military sci-fi (a prime example is Jerry Pournelle’s “Janissaries”?), Fortschen does decently well. The first book is not bad, but by the time I got to the end of book three, I discovered that the story was not really going anywhere anymore. There is better stuff than this out there.

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Jan 09, 2015 Khalyus Barnes rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Un bon livre qui nous plonge u peu plus dans cette affreuse guerre où les humains et les "géants" de ce monde s'affrontent pour leur survie.

On apprend un peu plus sur l'univers respectifs des races, mais on y va souvent tellement en profondeur que cela ralenti le rythme de lecture et devient quelque peu aride même...

Si cela n'avait pas été de la fin qui m'a agréablement surprise, j'aurais noté ce tome 3/5. Disons que le dernier chapitre rattrape avec brio le reste qui se promène de lent à rapide
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Aug 29, 2013 Thomas Umstattd Jr. rated it really liked it
Fun read. The book is the first of a two part series. In other words it leaves you on a cliff hanger. If you are going to read this one go ahead and buy Book #4 Fateful Lightning at the same time.
Timothy Boyd
Feb 05, 2016 Timothy Boyd rated it it was amazing
If you like the "displaced person in another world" stories then this is the series for you. Now we get an entire regiment of people on another earth. Fantastic story and awesome characters. Highly recommended
Jul 18, 2008 Charles rated it really liked it
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The Lost Regiment series is probably my favorite SF series, as opposed to fantasy. Forstchen is great with the historical aspects of the series and knows how to tell a good story and introduce sympathetic and realistic characters. I like this series very much.
Nov 21, 2013 Philip rated it liked it
Dull as ditchwater.

But I wanted to see how they managed to overcome the odds.

That was pretty dull too.

I wonder if the 4th book is worth finding as this one is hard to find at a reasonable price.

Completists only as they used to say in the NME.
Apr 21, 2013 Bill rated it it was amazing
Relentless action. The Merki horde pound the human allies in a genocidal war.
Apr 10, 2014 Scott rated it really liked it
Great addition to the series. Looking forward to book 4. This series is good enough for movies to be made of the books.
Jan 18, 2010 Bookbrow rated it really liked it
This solid series gets better with each book, great battle scenes, decent characters, wonderful build up to the conclusion along with a continued enrichment of an alien culture.
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William R. Forstchen (born 1950) is an American author who began publishing in 1983 with the novel Ice Prophet. He is a Professor of History and Faculty Fellow at Montreat College, in Montreat, North Carolina. He received his doctorate from Purdue University with specializations in Military History, the American Civil War and the History of Technology.

Forstchen is the author of more than forty boo
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