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Lord of Janissaries

(Janissaries #1-3)

4.14  ·  Rating details ·  138 ratings  ·  6 reviews
Three best-selling Jerry Pournelle masterpieces in one volume for the first time: Janissaries and Tran. A modern soldier is transported by aliens to a world filled with warriors through the ages includingmedieval knights, Roman soldiers. His task: survival.

Some days it just didn't pay to be a soldier. Captain Rick Galloway and his men had been talked into
Paperback, 896 pages
Published September 1st 2015 by Baen (first published August 16th 2015)
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Sean Smart
Jun 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
This collection started well but seemed to end abruptly and with no clear conclusion about what happened next with lots more to do
The story itself read well but, after the three books, left me hanging in the middle of the storyline with (according to the internet) no apparent chance that the author will complete it. Feels like being at the end of book 3 in a 5 or 6 book series.
Durval Menezes
Jan 07, 2017 rated it it was ok
Story is based on a good idea, and starts off really well. But not long after, it gets bogged down in seemingly endless petty intrigues and side stories. The good ideas it had at start are mostly abandoned, and overall it became a boring struggle to finish this book (it took me months). This book could easily be a fifth or less of its actual length and be better for it. To add insult to injury, the ending really sucks and leaves a lot hanging, as if to prepare for a sequel; if this is indeed the ...more
Jan 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
5 stars. Reread this after many years. It's still one of my favorite stories where a group of modern men are transported to a world with medieval-level military technology/tactics. In these stories, the underlying back story is very interesting. Unfortunately, the author died before he could finish the series. The good news is that each book is relatively complete with an "ending" for that book.
James Ellis
Sep 01, 2015 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: MilSF fans
Run-of-the-mill MilSF. Not Pournelle's best work, but not bad either, if you are into this type of thing. Characterization is par for the course - only as deep as needed to facilitate the needs of the plot. The battle scenes, on the other hand, are gripping and well-handled.
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Dr Jerry Eugene Pournelle was an American science fiction writer, engineer, essayist, and journalist, who contributed for many years to the computer magazine Byte, and from 1998 until his death maintained his own website and blog.

From the beginning, Pournelle's work centered around strong military themes. Several books describe the fictional mercenary infantry force known as Falkenberg's Legion.

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Janissaries (3 books)
  • Janissaries (Janissaries, #1)
  • Clan and Crown (Janissaries, #2)
  • Storms of Victory  (Janissaries, #3)
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