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The Mercenary (Falkenberg's Legion a)

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Falkenberg's first lesson is that loyalty is to the fleet and not to the precarious coalition government of Earth. His second is that the navy's mission is to exist, preserving the peace in the far-flung corners of the galaxy in the hope that at least some portions of the human race may be saved when Earth destroys itself...

The Mercenary is a parable for our times: the di
Unknown Binding, 269 pages
Published January 1st 1988 by Franklin Watts (first published February 1977)
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Apr 06, 2013 rated it liked it
-De lo militar como resultado de lo político, o más bien de su falta de resultados.-

Género. Ciencia-Ficción.

Lo que nos cuenta. Tras un brevísimo retrato de la incorporación de John Christian Falkenberg a la Armada del CoDominio (versión futurista la Legión Extranjera francesa) saltamos a finales de un siglo XXI en el que los políticos deben enfrentar la oposición y los nacionalismos que se han exacerbado en las colonias espaciales y el Coronel Falkenberg, al mando de un pequeño destacamento de
Sep 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Read as part of The Prince. Wonderful series.
Juan Antonio
Jul 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cf-leídos
Aunque no ahonda mucho en elementos de CF, sí es convincente en la estrategia mercenaria que se plasma. Buena cantidad de política y acción.
Sep 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Great SciFi military fiction by the late Pournelle. Realistic political dynamics combined with a deep understand of both military history and conventional warfare make for a gripping read.
Very, very uneven. Not enough background information to gauge who was who in the battle scenes, initial chapters seemed completely unrelated to the rest of the plot, and rough transitions. However, the strategy and battle scenes were extremely well written and the romance was believable and uplifting at the end. I would recommend skimming the initial parts of the book, as the good parts do make up for it eventually.
David Overmyer
Feb 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. I read it once as a teen, and twice since. I found it to be a rather gripping tale. It shows the dedication earned by being a good leader and the price you pay for having scruples. This is one of the few SciFi that I have truly enjoyed.
Aug 10, 2013 rated it liked it
Good military novel. Interesting read but not up to the level of Gordon Dickson's Tactics of Mistake.
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May 22, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
The title says it all. "The Mote in God's Eye" is set in the same universe.
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Apr 28, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: scifi
1983 grade C-

series book M2

May 09, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a good read after West of Honor, the military lifestyle and culture is strong and the tactics valid. It is the French Foreign Legion in the future.
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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. T
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