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Battletech: Bred for War - A Perilous Legacy Bk. 16 (Roc) Mass Market Paperback – 23 Feb 1995

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: FASA Corporation,U.S. (23 Feb. 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451453794
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451453792
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 2.6 x 17.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 718,419 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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After ascending the throne of the Federated Commonwealth, Prince Victor Steiner-Davion struggles to cope with the continuing threat of the Clans to the peace of the inner sphere and with the machinations of his own ambitious and treacherous sister. Original.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By "tsunamiking" on 27 Dec. 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This is another excellent book from Stackpole. It updates us on what's happening in both the Inner Sphere and with the Clans. It has the typically good balance between combat and politics that we have come to associate with Stackpole's work. Having first read it as a relative new-comer to the Battletech universe, I found it easy to understand and no less enthralling for my lack of background knowledge.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Great story and intrigue. Classic Battletech. 25 Jan. 2005
By Zachary Zelmar - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I give Bred For War three stars for being a top-tier novel of the occasionally entertaining Battletech series.

Stackpole squeezes an incredible amount of content into 378 pages. He advances stories and characters at an amazing pace. I could select several other Battletech books that, combined, contribute less to the Battletech story arc than Bred For War does alone. Even casual conversations between civilians cover interstellar war news and detailed theories about Melissa Steiner's death. When characters discuss a leader, they will include his childhood history and the history of his ancestors two generations back. Nearly every major political group has an active role in this book.

Stackpole has a very clear, straightforward writing style. He communicates quickly and efficiently; he does not use flowery language. On a style spectrum with deadpan Tom Clancy on one end and poetic Shakespeare on the other, Stackpole lies close to Clancy. You will find no descriptions of the clouds, or the flowers in bloom, or unbridled love between lonely souls. Feelings are not explicitly stated, but rather inferred through actions.

Stackpole includes a huge number of characters, tied together through a web of feudal oaths, treaties, and ancient hatreds. Through covert operations, frame-ups, betrayals, and lies, human civilization is pulled into an all-out war. Stackpole handles the story threads well considering the breadth of the story. However, many scenes last barely two pages before shifting attention across the galaxy. I think Stackpole found himself rushed to wrap things up.

Victor Davion has inherited a realm that his father Hanse recently enlarged. Victor is Stackpole's major hero, largely due to Victor's focus on uniting with the other Successor Houses and combating their common enemy, the Clans. Unfortunately, the other House Lords are more focused on chipping away at Victor's realm. His sister Katrina seceded with half of his territory. Victor provides medical treatment for Joshua Marik, the heir of the Free Worlds League throne, in exchange for League war material that Victor needs against the Clans. Joshua is dying, and Victor takes a major risk in order to maintain the status quo with the League.

I took more interest in the secondary plot, featuring the conflict between the Wolves and the Jade Falcons. Stackpole obviously enjoys writing for the Wolves. They have a deeply noble character; they risk their lives for high ideals. The Wolf Clan leads the Warden clans and strives to calm the Crusader Clans' zeal. A minority of Crusaders amongst the Wolf Clan challenge the Wolf ilKhan's authority. This setup provides the classic literary theme of an honorable high leader, ilKhan Kerensky, combating dissension in his realm. He earned the Bloodname of the founders of the Clans, and remains true to their principles. I liked how the Wolf leaders remained stubborn and defiant despite overwhelming odds. There's a certain charisma in principled military commanders, and it really comes through with ilKhan Ulric Kherensky, Khan Phelan, and Khan Natasha Kerensky. The Wolves are also apparently the greatest warriors in the galaxy, and their spirit, skill, and pride radiate.

I found the battle scenes exciting and vivid. I wanted to see more; unfortunately they constitute a small portion of the book. This book is all about war, but concentrates mostly on moving the story.

Overall, I enjoyed this book. It has detailed conflict between major star empires with extreme ideologies. Apparently Stackpole was later dropped from the Battletech franchise; this reflects bad judgment on the part of the management. He played an instrumental role in defining the Battletech universe. I recommend Bred For War to all Battletech fans.

-Zach Zelmar
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Another excellent chapter in the BATTLETECH saga 24 July 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Michael A. Stackpole continues his tremendous success in the BATTLETECH universe with this exciting and intelligent novel. This time the story centers on the impending death of Joshua Marik and the steps that Prince Victor Steiner-Davion of the Federated Commonwealth is willing to take in order to avoid a war that threatens to tear the Inner Sphere apart. Combine this with the continuation of the battle between the Crusader and Warden factions within the Clans, and the result is a crackerjack novel combining spectacular action sequences and an abundance of political intrigue.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Usual, competent Stackpole 20 Feb. 2004
By kallan - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
It's always amusing to see Michael A. Stackpole portray Victor Steiner-Davion as the greatest man in the universe despite his general incomptence, twisted morality and lack of likeability. Thankfully Victor rarely appears in this book.
"Bred for War" has many different storylines, all competently handled, that advance the general history of the Inner Sphere in 3057. Don't even think about reading this book if you're not familiar with the BattleTech setting. We have the resurgence of the Capellan Confederation and the Free Worlds League, the Refusal War between Clan Wolf and Clan Jade Falcon, and the widespread turmoil caused by the afore-mentioned Victor's stupid choices. There's a well-balanced mix of action and intrigue, none of it particularly gripping - but like I said, this is standard, competent Stackpole. You don't expect the Earth and you don't get it, either.
The stand-out is the storyline involving the planet Zurich and Noble Thayer, a writer looking for a quiet hideaway who turns out to be much more than he seems when a revolution sweeps through. This would have been worth a book on its own.
One final point. When is Stackpole going to learn something - anything - about women's clothes?
Great novel. one of my favorites 9 Feb. 2015
By Jay Hamann - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Great novel. one of my favorites. not a lot of action, but a ton of politics and intrigue that adds to the depth of this series
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Bred for war is the best of the series 23 Jan. 1998
By Jameson R. Triplett - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Going through the Clan civil war, this is probably the best of the battletech series. If you've played Mechwarrior 2 this is a book that is a "must read." Good hunting
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