Terrible Swift Sword (Lost Regiment, #3)
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Terrible Swift Sword (Lost Regiment #3)

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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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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.
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.

Great addition to the series. Looking forward to book 4. This series is good enough for movies to be made of the books.
Thomas Umstattd
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.
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.
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.
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.
Relentless action. The Merki horde pound the human allies in a genocidal war.
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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.

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