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Bolo Rising [Mass Market Paperback]

William H. Keith
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Dec 1998
The enemy has struck the human colony of Cloud with merciless precision, an attack so deadly that even the worlds sole Bolo, a Mark XXXIII Mod HCT named Hector, was overwhelmed. Within days, the survivors of Cloud's shattered military had been herded into slave camps, while Hector, recognized as kin by the alien machine invaders, was "repaired", his loyalties electronically suborned as he became a slave camp guard in the service of the invaders.One human, however, refuses to accept defeat. Major Jaime Graham will free his companions or die trying. All he needs to do is find a way to bring Hector back to the side of humanity, stop the enemy's bombardment from orbit, and defeat an ancient, cold, and highly advanced machine intelligence utterly hostile to organic life ... all without tools, without weapons, and with enemies even among his fellow slaves.It's the story of Spartacus reborn in steel and hellfire, a daring slave revolt against impossible odds. But if Jaime can win Hector over, it will be payback in storm, fire and blood, as the masters face Bolo Hellbores in a savage ...... Bolo Rising!

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 393 pages
  • Publisher: Baen Books; First Printing edition (Dec 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671577794
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671577797
  • Product Dimensions: 17.5 x 10.7 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,421,598 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars tmr0195@concentric.net 30 Dec 1998
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I have read three of Kieth Laumer's books on Bolos. Each of the books I have read has kept me on the edge of my seat. Kieth Laumer stimulated both my imagination as to the possiblities of AI computers and my emotions about both the Bolos and humans that each story has evolved around. "Bolo Rising" is an excellent book which has kept up with the tradition Kieth Laumer has set down in his other three books of this series I have read. I was routing for Hector through out the book and I was saddened when he did not make an escape with the rest of the people who left the battered world of Cloud.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic story of honor and betrayal of trust. 22 Jan 1999
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["Bolo Rising" ASIN/ISBN 0671577794] Humanity has spread from our solar system to the vast reaches of space and encountered other intelligent species. Frequently, these encounters have resulted in armed conflict, which were won by using our most powerful weapons, such as Bolos. Finally, humanity collides with the Melconians, an opponent that we are unable to crush easily and who began to force us back to our home system. In a desperate attempt to ensure humanity's survival huge colony ships were deployed, with instructions to remain hidden from the current enemy. Each ship included civilian and military elements and in many cases at least one Bolo, humanity's greatest combat machine. "Bolo Rising" (ISBN 0-671-57779-4), by William H. Keith, JR, is about the colony of Cloud, established as one of humanity's covert settlements and their Mark XXXIII Bolo, nicknamed Hector. After approximately two centuries, there has not been any contact with either the home system or other human survivors; the colonist of Cloud began to explore towards the galaxy's core in response to strange signals they have received. With little warning Cloud and Hector are overwhelmed by self-directing and self-aware alien machines from the galaxy's core. A segment of the surviving humans are used as slave laborers forced to salvage event the smallest forms of refined metals, electronics, or anything else useful to the machine conquerors, with the rest providing materials to keep those imprisoned in the camp alive. Hector, because of an apparent kinship with the machine invaders, is repaired and with certain areas of his computer core inhibited, used as a slave camp guard. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars Does Not Disappoint-- A Great Read 28 Aug 1999
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This was a totally satisfying bolo novel. I have read a number of others, but most of the best are in the past. I'm delighted that a talented writer has gotten his teeth into this series, and hopefully can continue to breathe life into it.
The personalities were developed very well for an action novel. As well as we could ask. Hector's personality came alive as his "blocks" were slowly removed, one by one, and his real personality emerged.
Battle scenes were gripping, and they were abundant. You got to really care about the characters, also. The ambiguous ending makes us wonder if William Keith is planning a sequel. I hope so.
One theme that unifies the book and adds a bit more than just the "thriller" aspect is the exploration of "machine intelligence." The aliens are machines also, and the contest is not just based on gunfire, but on whether Hector's mental processes can "checkmate" the alien thoughts of the /*/*/*/, as the invaders call themselves.
David Drake's books are great, but he has totally stopped writing future war novels. Too bad. Now let's just hope that Mr. Keith picks up the mission and pumps out a few more.
Can't put this book down ! ! !
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great book! 11 Jan 1999
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I was really looking foward to a second part of Bolo Brigade and was saddened when I found this was not it. :(
But I did continue to read the book and found it just as entertaining. The story brings up Sparticus a few times but really does not give much in the way of similarities.
The new alien invaders in this book are entertaining: Machines just as smart as if not superior to the Bolo. Leaves you reading the book seeing if the big ole tank could suceed against the enormous odds placed against it. The final battle made you believe the whole human/bolo combination hopeless in light of the alien machines awesome power.
Bolos may die.....but not easily!
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