It's difficult writing about Battletech books. They all revolve around battles involving 'mechs and they differ only in the quality of the descriptionIt's difficult writing about Battletech books. They all revolve around battles involving 'mechs and they differ only in the quality of the description of these battles and how exciting they are. A lot of them also form part of a greater narrative as they form part of the living 'history' of the future that they are set in. This book is a particular point in case. Set in the middle of the FedCom Civil war and involving major characters and forming a major set of events during the period, you can only really appreciate this fully as part of the overall bigger picture.
What makes this story so good is that it is an important event in the Battletech 'history'. You have the first major Clan incursion into Inner Sphere territory since the destruction of Clan Smoke Jaguar by the Star League. The story is filled with tensions between the Inner Sphere forces that are on opposite sides of the FedCom Civil War having to work together to stop the common Clan enemy. At many points you are left wondering are one part of the Inner Sphere forces going to betray each other or not.
You are also treated to numerous excellent battles with the author skilfully switching between sweeping large scale descriptions and diving straight into the cockpit to sit amongst the heat and tension of a 'mech pilot in the heat of battle.If you are a fan of Battletech then you really cannot let this book pass you by....more
This is the fifth in a series following the Gray Death Legion. Alhough you could read this one it's own I would definitely read the previous book - BlThis is the fifth in a series following the Gray Death Legion. Alhough you could read this one it's own I would definitely read the previous book - Blood of Heroes - before you read this one.
The author has produced some of the best Battletech novels and he has not let us down with this one. There is an excellent mix of battle scenes and intrigue set amongst the early stages of the FedCom Civil war. What makes this different from many of the other novels set during this period is that the Gray Death Legion are Lyran supporters and so it is interesting to see things from this point of view.
One of the best things about this story is that the author makes a really repugnant and hateful villain in the form of the planetary governor. There is a really disturbing scene when we first meet him that goes into just enough detail to give let your mind fill in the blanks. Although there is only passing reference to him in the rest of the story you are definitely in no doubt what you want the Legion to do.
I do have a major complaint though. In amongst a description by one of the victims of what was done to her she refers to being raped as though it was just something that happened to her. What this woman had to endure should have had more impact on her and this should then have been used by the author to increase your disgust and hatred of the villain, but it is passed of as just one of those things. Rape, and the other violations that this woman suffered is never just one of those things and so shouldn't be handled in this manner. I don't think the author did this in a manner to belittle what happened to her - especially that these books have a teen audience - but either something more should have been made of it or it should have been left out....more
Standard Battletech fair describing an important conflict between forces loyal the Katrina Steiner and those loyal to her brother Victor. If you are nStandard Battletech fair describing an important conflict between forces loyal the Katrina Steiner and those loyal to her brother Victor. If you are not a Battletech reader then this story is capable of standing on it's own providing an interesting story with good descriptions of battles between 20ft tall war machines each with enough weapons to level a city. However, to trully appreciate the Battletech universe then you are really advised to read the books chronologically to get a full understanding of this complex and riveting setting....more
This is like a breath of fresh air - not only is the book from the Clan point of view but the main character is an Elemental. For non-Battletech afficThis is like a breath of fresh air - not only is the book from the Clan point of view but the main character is an Elemental. For non-Battletech afficionados and Elemental is genetically engineered to be built like Arnie but 7+ feet tall.
The story follows an Elemental who has risen fast up the ranks through acts of baravado and insane courage. While fighting the Draconis Combine he suffers his first defeat and we follow his path through this unfamiliar territory.
As with most Battletech books this is no great peice of literature but it is great fun and fantastic entertainment....more
Excellent follow-up to Highlander Gambit. The cover doesn't explicitly state that it's a follow up but some of the story will not make as much sense uExcellent follow-up to Highlander Gambit. The cover doesn't explicitly state that it's a follow up but some of the story will not make as much sense unless you have read it.
The story is full of battles which is what I really look for in Battletech books. There is a solid story around it which is good and keeps you interested. The Highlanders have been hired by House Kurita to take and hold a Clan world in the deep periphery which is a supply depot on the route to the Inner Sphere from the Clan homeworlds. What unfolds is a war of attrition between the Northwind Highlanders and the Smoke Jaguars....more
This book struck a chord with me. The main character is a hero who has retired from life as a mech warrior and returned to his home planet to help hisThis book struck a chord with me. The main character is a hero who has retired from life as a mech warrior and returned to his home planet to help his sister run the family business. Events elsewhere in the inner sphere causes him to have to return to the cockpit of his mech and wage a war on his planet it protect his and the rest of the populatiosn freedoms from the increasingly despoitic regime of Katrina Steiner.
I really rooted for the main character and wanted to rise up with them against the totalilarian yoke that was descending upon them. The battle scenes are great and well described and the author makes great use of the rich background material that battletech provides. A must for battletech fans....more
Jeremiah Rose has recently left the Com Guards after Tukkayid and is seeking to create a mercenary company to take the fight back to the clans. AfterJeremiah Rose has recently left the Com Guards after Tukkayid and is seeking to create a mercenary company to take the fight back to the clans. After dealing with the dangerous world of small 'stables' on Solaris he accepts a contract on a small planet on the truce line. What follows is indicative of human greed and misplaced ideals.
The story is entertaining and has some mech battles. These mech battles are entertaining but could be better described and there are better examples that take you right into the seat of these steel behemoths. The story follows a reasonably well tread path and again there are better examples out there - Mercenary's Star for example. All that said the story kept me entertained which when reading a Battletech novel is what you are looking for....more
This book is different from the other Battletech stories. The book opens with a jumpship having an accident during jump 500 years before the current bThis book is different from the other Battletech stories. The book opens with a jumpship having an accident during jump 500 years before the current battletech setting (meaning that Battlemechs are just a new idea) and the dropships crashland on an uncharted planet. 500 years later the same thing happens but this time with 5 battlemechs on board.
What happens is a mixture of different ideas - how the original strandees have evolved, sharng the planet with an alien species and how the humans cope with this, the introduction of incredibly advanced war machines into a early industrialised society. The author makes some use of these and it is refreshing to see something different in the battletech storyline but he doesn't make full use of what he has got which is a shame.
Still a good book thugh and a worthwhile read....more
When I first started this book I was disappointed as it didn't grab me. It seemed like it was going to be another of these political struggle books anWhen I first started this book I was disappointed as it didn't grab me. It seemed like it was going to be another of these political struggle books and not what was promised on the back. After about getting a third of the way through the story really picks up.
Thomas Marik, the leader of the Free Worlds League chooses a friend to try and bring the concepts he has gathered from le Morte de Arthur to his people by creating the 'Knights of the Inner Sphere'. When help is asked to help quell an uprising on one of the planets of the League. Thomas sends his friend to help. When he arrives on planet he sees the horror of a guerilla war close up where it is all about body count and anybody or anything in a 'free fire zone' is considered and enemy and can be killed to up the body count. This is the best part of the book where you and the main character are sickened by the senseless violence perpetuated on the planet. His descriptions echo the horror of all the guerilla wars of the 20th century and this is the strong point of this book. ...more