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Natural Selection

(BattleTech Universe #19)

3.84  ·  Rating details ·  571 ratings  ·  6 reviews
Sporadic Clan incursions into Inner Sphere territory supply mercenaries like the Kell Hounds with more work than they can handle... border raids sharply divide the Federated Commonwealth's political factions, bringing further instability to the realm standing between Clan's goals and anarchy.

And while secret ambitions drive plans to rip the Commonwealth apart, Khan Phelan
Mass Market Paperback, 336 pages
Published July 7th 1992 by Roc (first published January 1st 1992)
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Clint the Cool Guy
The story is kind of interesting but has a lot of head-scratching moments. Like in the beginning of the book, where Victor Steiner-Davion invites a bunch of Clan leaders - who they are currently at WAR with - over to have a nice dinner and play some friendly Mech simulator games. I mean, WHAT? Why are any of these people hanging out together? Why are they acting like they are all friends with just a minor disagreement? I mean, it makes no sense. It’s bizarre.

And then later, Phelan Kell the Wolf
Apr 08, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: scif-fi
Readers who like Victor Steiner-Davion must be blind to all his character faults. As holding the equivalent of major in the armed forces after 3-4 years, you would think he would know how to delegate. He refuses to listen to advice and even his must trusted adviser, Galen Cox, has to call out his stubbornness. While his battlefield skills are excellent, he still doesn't know how to work with others off the battlefield. No surprise that in the FedCom Civil War, he keeps losing the hearts and mind ...more
Lewis Ray Martin
Dec 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well done.

Stackpole moves the timeline of the Battletech universe along while telling a self contained story. The Kindle version contains a few spelling errors. But nothing major.
Brian Turner
Jun 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
After the truce of Tukkayid, a group of bandits start hitting planets in the Inner Sphere.
A group from Clan Wolf is sent to stop them, but has no luck. After they wipe out an I.S. unit they were supposed to be supporting, the Kell Hounds are called in by Vicotr Steiner-Davion.

In the midst of this, Archo Melissa Steiner is assassinated, throwing everything into turmoil. Rumours fly that Victor had a hand in it.

So, this is where the final arc of the battletech space opera begins. As ever, Stackpol
Sep 08, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Too bad theres no book cover. Basically, well executed, as always by the author. It provides a look into Clan / Inner Sphere politics, as pirate raids from what seems to be Clanners threatens to break the Truce of Tukayyid.

Phelan Ward, a Wolf command star, Lt. Col. Daniel Allard and the Kell Hounds must stop the Red Corsair and her raids...with the help of a traitor.

I love this book, since it's got four of my favorite elements. BattleMechs, Phelan, Dan Allard and the Kell Hound mercenary regimen
Eric Lawson
Natural Selection by Michael Stackpole tells the tale of the pirate Red Corsair and her clan technology equipped mechs raiding the Federated Commonwealth border. Khan Phelan Kell of the Wolves and Victor Steiner-Davion have to work together to stop the truce that has halted the Clan invasion from falling apart.

This book gives an interesting insight into Clan politics. The Wardens and Crusaders working against each other for their own vision of the future of the Inner Sphere.
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