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The Masters' Gambit (Robotech #20)

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A thrilling new novel in the bestselling ROBOTECH; v series!
The Robotech Masters had come to Earth to reclaim the precious Protoculture matrix--the enigmatic substance that powered an entire civilization. But poised on the edge of Earthspace, the Masters discovered their mission would not be easy. For Earth's Robotech defenders had va
Mass Market Paperback, 261 pages
Published March 1st 1995 by Del Rey
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Fair prelude to the Second Robotech War


The Robotech Masters got tired of waiting news from their mighty Zentraedi fleet and since their own war against the Invid Regent wasn't going that well, the only logical course of action was to leave Tirol space and following the trail of Zor's Battlewagon.

However, the Robotech Masters were short (extremely short!) of Protoculture reserves so they couldn't even do a fold jump to the Solar System and they needed to do the "panoramic"
Dana Nova
Aug 02, 2011 rated it it was amazing
An essential chapter in the Robotech Saga. Certainly would be dry to someone being introduced to this book, and even for fans, there is a core group of characters that are new in this book... however, some important events occur in this book, such as the rise of Anatole Leonard and the formation of the GMP. One of the final scenes with Emerson facing up to Leonard made me cheer. So, yes!
Nov 11, 2017 rated it liked it
I think I'm one of a small group who enjoy the Masters chapter of the Robotech saga as much as Macross and more than Mospeada so I really liked how this book, along with The Zentraedi Rebellion, do such a thorough job of tying the chapters together. Lots of nagging details get explained away about how the Army of the Southern Cross rises to power, why we don't see the RDF in Monument City, etc. It's stories like these that really separate Robotech from its source material. I also like that the c ...more
Mario Burga
Dec 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Consta solo de 2 capítulos que nos aclarán la situación de la Tierra antes de la llegada de los Maestros de la Robotecnia.
Dec 10, 2016 rated it liked it
Only hardcore Robotech fans need apply, this one references the Macross sage, the Southern Cross, and the Sentinels so a casual reader could be lost. Also, the amount of Japanese pop culture and vocabulary can make parts of the book tedious to get through. Still, interesting for the Robotech completists out there as it fills in some of the time between the Macross saga and the Southern Cross generation. Also, the Robotech saga can be rather dark but this story wants to run past melancholy right ...more
Feb 20, 2008 rated it liked it
Shelves: robotech-series
Providing a link on Earth for what happens after "The Zentraedi Rebellion" and the (not so good) Southern Cross Saga (which I consider to be the lowpoint of the Series) this take the place of book #8 in the Chronological Order.

It also is loosely based off of the anime that would have become the RoboTech movie, Megazone 23.
Timothy McNeil
This felt like a chore to read. Team McKinney spend much effort peppering Japanese words and concepts in for little to no gain in storytelling. There is also the problem that more than a few details do not mesh with the TV series or previous team McKinney novels.
Jun 13, 2010 rated it it was ok
By far the most boring of the robotech books. The Japanese culture references have always struck me as out of place and pretentious. Like the author visited japan and and is now a cultural expert since he spent a week there. And the plot is pointless. This book really didn't need to happen.
Mike Moran
Sep 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
Great back story for The Robotech Masters saga. Better than the ROBOTECH the Movie version.
Timothy Boyd
May 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
Great SiFi series. Giant battlesuits battling outer space monsters, what more can you ask for. Very recommended
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