When I first read David Drake my impression was that he wrote good action but that there
so much of it there was no room for variety This book reinforces my assessment of non stop action but the characters and strategies show lenty of variety Drake is excellent at Boneshaker (BA 43-500, portraying deeply flawed but still sympathetic characters though I think he avoids shades of gray in his bad guys To be honest I can t really explain why I love this book so much I don t know like the rest of David Drake s military sci fi books it s a solidiece of fiction There s mercenaries there s fighting and killing there s a group of mercenaries *being burned as some nationals make a behind the scenes deal *burned as some nationals make a behind the scenes deal involves them betraying the mercenaries for the greater good of their eople There s also a suicide trek across of their eople There s also a suicide trek across beleaguered lanet so they can somehow escape to safetyThere s also some incredibly interesting characters that I simply couldn t help liking After reading this book I was left wishing that this could be the start of another mercenary book series I mean sure he s already got Hammer s Slammers but I firmly believe the world always needs one military sci fi mercenary series Why Because that would be cool Super cool even Classic early Drake military SF Less tied to a specific historical event or setting tha. They had fought long and hard and damn near won in spite of everything But now the men who hired them are going to sell them to the enemy. .
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N much of his later work it really doesn t seem to fit the model of the 10000 to me Has some similarities to the Hammerverse but the tech is different enough to make it fairly certain it s #a different timeline I have mixed feelings about this book The action in it is very well done just enough # different timeline I have mixed feelings about this book The action in it is very well done just enough the military background to keep things interesting but the lot I felt left something to be desired It felt like it would have done much better being longer with detail at many oints A well done little book I think it is based on the Czech Legions attached to the Imperial Russian Army during World War One The newly installed Communist government in 1917 concluded a separate Rant peace with Germany the Czech Legion who were initiallyromised safe assage out of Russian territory were attacked by the Bolshevik Red Army in a effort to destroy this Czech military unit What is a relatively small group of Czech mercenaries to do Why capture the Trans Siberian Railway and fight your way across Russia to Vladivostok in Siberia In this SF book militant humorless neo Protestant Republicans are crushing the inept and vaguely corrupt Federals the space mercenaries who speak Czech are especially despised by the Rubes Let the fighting begin If you like science fiction with a lot of action you can t go wrong with David Drak. And so begins a novel of adventure in which a band of Star Mecenaries is driven And so begins a novel of adventure in which a band of Star Mecenaries is driven the face of a lanet by enemies bent on their dist. E I ve read several of his books and enjoyed them all He is very good at depicting alien cultures and technology without getting bogged down in unnecessary details My favorite book by David Drake This one drew me in than any of his other works Excellent Military SciFi as a small band of mercenaries have to fight from one side of a world to the other after being betrayed This came thru the FOPAL sale and I decided to read it before I sent it off to the Bargain Room after not selling Good Drake war story which is good indeed Not as over complicated as Some Of His Fantasy Plots And Not of his fantasy lots and not caught up in the future military tech as Slammers sometimes did Didn t really see much of Xenophon
it tho certainly the same theme of a mercenary crew trying to out of a bad situation Great readGreat story about a unit in the ot and the Lt who led them out of it Warfare on a Kids Draw Knights, Kings, Queens, Dragons personal level I read this book when I was in grade school It was my introduction to David Drake and his brand of military science fiction I saw an ad for the book in a vintage copy of Analog magazine and decided to re read it for old times sakeThe heroes of this story are the soldiers of a nameless mercenary company hired to stiffen the spines of a local unit fighting a civil war on thelanet Cecach Their side is losing and the soon. Ruction With only the guns in their hands this tiny band must battle ships artillery losing and the soon. Ruction With only the guns in their hands this tiny band must battle ships artillery and the most owerful tank in the universe. .in it tho certainly the same theme of a mercenary crew trying to