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Prince of Tanith: A Space Viking Novel (The Tanith Series Book 1)

Prince of Tanith: A Space Viking Novel (The Tanith Series Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Terry Mancour

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When Prince Lucas Trask of Tanith, Space Viking, put a bullet in the head of the man he’d crossed the galaxy to revenge himself on for slaying his bride moments after they’d wed, he figured that his eight-year ordeal was over. He could settle down, rule his frontier planet and his enterprising band of vicious Space Vikings, marry a beautiful noblewoman from a civilized world, and watch Tanith grow and prosper into his dotage.

But Space Vikings don’t usually die in bed, and the galaxy seems to have plans for Prince Lucas. A flurry of assassination attempts, a stark summons from his homeworld’s vile new King, a foreign-funded native insurrection, a moody princess, and the rejection of his idea of a League of Civilized Worlds by the very civilized worlds he admired were problematic; discovering that he’s about to become a father is even more so. To top it all off, a mysterious figure known only as “The Wizard” is protecting him and advising him, for reasons unknown.

Now he has to convince his motley band of aristocrats, warlords, entrepreneurs allies and exiles to come together to protect the nascent Planetary Realm he’s fought so hard to establish, as powerful forces array themselves against the . . .


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  • Language: English
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4.0 out of 5 stars a favorable review 20 July 2011
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i would say any fan of piper would enjoy this book, it has both the pacing and "feel" of a piper story all in all a worth sequel as good or better than John Carr has put together
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4.0 out of 5 stars Better than I feared. 24 May 2011
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In this season of H Beam Piper sequels, this one took me by surprise. Not as heralded as Scalzi's Fuzzy book nor from a recognized Piper author like John F. Carr, this is nonetheless a credible attempt at a direct sequel to Space Viking, one of my favorite Piper novels.

Where the author is good, he is quite good. He is steeped in the history of the Space Viking era and lovingly displays that knowledge, treating fans to familiar characters and venues and expanding upon the detailed backstory. Where the author is weak is in matters of voice: frequently characters, particularly Prince Lucas speak in a contemporary 2011 voice at odds with either their character or Piper's language. Also, consistency glitches creep in (such as the travel time to Gram) but nothing disastrous. A third party editor would do the book good, but the plot is interesting and the book moves along.

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I enjoyed the broader backdrop of the Old Federation portrayed in the book, with formerly hinted at worlds like Isis, Baldur and Aton figuring prominently. I also liked the mysterious Wizard, who isn't terribly mysterious to a diehard Piper fan, but promises to tie up a loose end in Piper's future history. Beware a cliffhanger ending,
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Prince of Tanith: Wonderful 25 Mar 2012
By Christopher L. Ross - Published on
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I have read Space Viking every year for 6 years and loved it. With some trepidation I purchased Prince of Tanith.

Terry Mancour is a different author living in a different era to Piper so there had to be some differences with Space Viking.

However: Prince of Tanith was captivating and entertaining with the reader being caught up in the lives and struggles of the people on Tanith. As I read I didn't want to put the book down and I have read a lot of crappy SF which this book IS NOT. I was so impressed I purchased Princess Valerie's War and devoured it as well. I eagerly await the third book in the series TRASK"S ODYSSEY.

I would recommend this book and Princess Valerie's War to all Space Viking fans.

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read - needs a better editor 21 Nov 2011
By Charles Peacock - Published on
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I'm always a bit suspicious when a book comes out that's based on another author's plot - especially when the original author has been dead for 40+ years, but these two sequels to Space Viking are good reads - if not always faithful to the original.

The plot moves along well, it has good heroes and despicable villains - even if neither are quite believable. It also has characters that you can't quite place as either hero or villain which is nice and often missing in science fiction.

I was a little annoyed with "A Prince of Tanith" when it became obvious that the ending was a cliffhanger and a come-on for a second novel. By the end of "Princess Valerie's War" I was expecting it and wasn't disappointed.

As the title of the review suggests, my main problem was with editing. Numerous places in both books left me going back to try to make sense of what was happening. It looks like entire paragraphs or even pages had been deleted without considering what it did to the continuity. In addition there were a number of places where the novels contradicted themselves - nothing major, but nonetheless annoying. Except for these editing problems I'd have given five stars.

I'm looking forward to the third installment, but hope the author spends a little money on a good editor.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Channeling Piper 3 Oct 2011
By Jerry Wright - Published on
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Mr. Mancour has done an excellent job of channeling H. Beam Piper. SPACE VIKING is one of those books that has decidedly needed a sequel or two, but it just never happened. Jerry Pournelle was given explicit permission BY Piper to write "Return of the Space Viking" but never got around to it, and Carr, who used to work for Pournelle, has written a book taking place hundreds of years AFTER Lucas Trask, our Space Viking.

So what about "Prince of Tanith"? Other than the fact that it is half a book (massive cliffhanger at the end) it is a very enjoyable read. Unlike many Kindle authors Mancour does have some writing credits (a Star Trek Next Gen novel) but that doesn't necessarily make him valuable as a Pipette... Oh... Sorry. Seriously, this book has the feel of 1960s Piper, and unlike Scalzi's "Fuzzy" reboot, doesn't try to update concepts to 21st century notions. Buy it, read it, if you love Piper, you'll be very pleased with "Prince of Tanith" and probably the sequelae, which I haven't read yet, but I will.
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