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Robotech: The Macross Saga: Battle Cry

(Robotech #1-3)

4.04  ·  Rating details ·  521 ratings  ·  23 reviews
Here you'll find three ROBETCH novels for the price of one. Collected for the first time in one volume, you'll find GENESIS, BATTLE CRY, and HOMECOMING--three electrifying futuristic adventures that let loose the Robotech Defense Force against the most fearsome conquerers in the universe.


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Kindle Edition, 497 pages
Published January 5th 2011 by Del Rey (first published April 2nd 1994)
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Will English
I usually don't read media tie-in books, mostly because a lot of them are of questionable quality that, at the worst of times, reads a lot like internet fan fiction. With the Robotech novels, however, I have mixed opinions. As most everybody knows, these short novels are based on the anime from the 1980s of the same name and novelizes all three seasons of the show. There were other Robotech novels too, but these sadly are now out of print and only the 12 books that retell the story of the show a ...more
Eric
Mar 07, 2018 rated it liked it
Nostalgia: It's a hell of a drug.

I've bought this book in print three or four times. The first time, I was a young teenager who remembered watching the Robotech cartoon as a kid. I enjoyed the book, but I was also reading pretty much every book I could get my hands on.

A few years later, I learned to be a bit more discerning with my reading. I took my copy to the local Half-Price Books, and there it lived ... until I saw a copy at HPB and vaguely remembered enjoying it. "I
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Donovan Grant
Jul 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
These were better than I ever knew when initially reading twenty years ago, and do a lot to flesh out the Robotech universe in tiny details. The thought processes of various characters, tidbits about minor characters and exposition, the chapter asides from the far end of the series reflecting back, and really nuanced descriptions of the characters emotions - all of this went a long way for me. There are a few things that are added to the canon out of nowhere and other things that are flat out un ...more
Duncan
Mar 31, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think 3 stars is pretty fair for this one. Primary reading it for the Robotech nostalgia - very enjoyable in that respect. The writing is not all there, but stays true to the show, and offers a lot of additional background and insight.
Skip
Jan 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
Review of the series on my blog.
Emmett Chase
Apr 29, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Same as the others, I am a fan of this Space Opera. The path from the original unrelated anime series that were stitched together and adapted for an audience of american children seems so sloppy and backwards that it couldn't possibly work but there are just too many cool elements for it to fail. And even the awkward, inappropriate scenes that the writers struggled to explain have become some of my favorite moments.

The books are even written based on the television series, with much
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James
Sep 23, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The appeal of these books did not survive my transition to adulthood. Here are some of the main issues I have:

Plodding prose
Apparently this whole series was rushed out in a single year, and it shows. You cannot write and edit this many pages well in that kind of time frame. That's one book every two weeks.

Straight-from-screen story-telling
To get the books out, the authors more or less copied the show, scene by scene. You really sense this during the repetitive descriptions of the dogfight scenes from the series. (T/>Straight-from-screen/>Plodding
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Holden Attradies
I enjoyed this quite a bit. I know takes a bit of slag for not being the best written work, and for straying a bit from the source material but I didn't see it that way. Almost immediately my impression was that the writer either had to or chose to keep almost every line and scene from the series in tact, but that he had complete freedom to add to that. And he does, fleshing out characters, adding in additional scenes, trying to explain of of the goofier moments in the series. At first I found s ...more
Omega
Oct 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I will start by saying I am biased about this book. For one Robotech the animated series was my favorite anime when I was young and the first 'serious' cartoon I watched. However as reviews are personal opinions(especially ones you aren't getting paid for) I loved this first collection of Robotech books.
For one, in short amount of time James Luceno and Brian Daley(RIP) had to write these stories as Jack McKinney I feel they have a high standard of quality. Both veteran SciFi writers and pe
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Nathan
Feb 20, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: robotech-series
The first three books of the RoboTech series, and also, the first three chronologically (the entire series was written anti-chronologically so my reviews will reflect when to read stuff so you can actually enjoy the series as it was intended to be enjoyed).

Starts off with a mysterious alien spacecraft crashing to earth, which happens to end the global civil war at the time. The anime series it corresponds to (and draws its name from) is the original Macross series, well worth watchin
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Scott Taylor
Dec 04, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jack McKinney, or the authors who make up that persona, did a great job capturing the details of the Robotech TV series as well as adding in various character thoughts that we couldn't 'see' as viewers. One of the most intriguing things to me about reading the book was the author's grasp of aircraft and space, something totally lost in the show. McKinney continually had to explain away the bad science of the show in interesting ways, or in some cases just had to go with 'it was an effect of Prot ...more
Aaron
Dec 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Biased review... Fan of the classic animation. Blah blah Blah.

This is a book based on an American anime show edited together from 3 unrelated Japanese series just so Matchbox could import some cheap toys. Ah, 1985 we miss you so. I originally read the series while in my teens. It was a completely different experience rereading this space opera in my thirties. I connected with the characters in different ways. Some of the characters I disliked before I now felt empathy for. Others that I liked n
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Keith
Dec 08, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
These might be a guilty pleasure. Usually I don't feel guilty about my pleasure. Really I shouldn't feel guilty for this pleasure. Sure there's some incredibly cheesy dialogue and some plot elements lacking in verisimilitude (not to be confused with veritech) even given that it's sci-fi and you have to accept the universe presented in the first place. It's Robotech though, ya know? Skull Squadron!! Yeah. I'm a dork. Anyway. I like it. If you like sci-fi, you probably like it. It's got grand them ...more
Frank
Oct 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: scifi, own
Amazing!!!

Great sci-fi action and awesome characters! Lots of adult themes even tho it's based on a cartoon. (A certain death in here still chokes me up a little, and I'm 36!). It's a space opera with all the love, hate, hope, death and cool fight scenes you could want. How is this not a movie series? This is the start of a generations long struggle that could take ten movies or more to tell.
Alexander
Nov 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really loved this first three books. These books left me wanting to read the entire series and were a great part of the story. Over all this is my favorite trio of the entire series. It was interesting the way that they had the Aliens defeated by emotion. All-in-all they are great books.
Timothy McNeil
Yes, I am complaining that at the bottom of p. 453, "Azonia" is mistakenly substituted for "Miriya" and for two paragraphs, the wrong Zentraedi is involved in the action.

Other than that, I was mostly happy with finally reading the first three Robotech novels.
Hyann
Aug 08, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition

Some funny moments and hot actions but nothing special on the long run, could have make one good book with the three of them. better to watch the anime than reading book like that.

Don't know if I will read the other omnibus...
Patrick
Jul 30, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Still epic. I think they have a few typos from converting to Kindle.
Alfredo
Sep 04, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: aventura
Es libro es el culpable de que haya aprendido inglés :) me demoré como dos años en leerlo, diccionario en mano. Ahora quiero leerlo de nuevo...
Tim
Jan 02, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Best Sci-fi series I have ever read and watched. closely resembles the anime series. so if you remember the series no need in reading these books.
Allen Shepherd
Apr 29, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: robotech
I am biased in this book. I grew up reading it and watching the tv show. I know there are some flaws in here it's not perfect but I love this series.
Sergio
Apr 07, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
I enjoyed this book when i read it way back who knows when. really enjoyable read.
Bradley
Apr 07, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love everything robotech. =)
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Robotech (1 - 10 of 21 books)
  • Genesis (Robotech, First Generation, #1)
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