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The Complete Hammer's Slammers: Volume 1 (Hammer's Slammers combo volumes)

The Complete Hammer's Slammers: Volume 1 (Hammer's Slammers combo volumes) [Kindle Edition]

David Drake
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With a veteran's eye for the harsh and gritty details of war, David Drake depicts a futuristic analog of tank combat in his Hammer's Slammers fiction. The Slammers are neither cartoon heroes nor propaganda villains; rather they are competent professionals engaged in a deadly business. The inevitable conflicts between policy, necessity, and human nature make Drake's Slammers fiction instantly identifiable and utterly compelling. This is the first of a three volume set presenting for the first time the entire genre-defining Slammers series in a uniform trade paperback set, with new introductions by major SF figures and new afterwords by David Drake. Each volume will also include a Slammers story not collected in previous Slammer's books.

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"Fans of Drake's edgy stories of a mercenary tank regiment in a future not all that different from our present will rejoice [at the publication of] the entire series in three volumes. Drake, a Vietnam vet who served in the Blackhorse Regiment, uses prose as cold and hard as the metal alloy of a tank to portray the men and women of Hammer's Regiment. . . . In his depiction of combat, Drake rivals Crane and Remarque." —Publishers Weekly, reviewing the Night Shade hardcover edition

Vietnam veteran, former lawyer, former bus driver, and now bestselling author, David Drake tells a military story like no other. His readers recognize that he can take them where no one else can, with gut-wrenching description that puts them face-to-face with the enemy, and in the midst of the action right on the battlefield. He helped create the audience for mercenary military science fiction with his best-selling "Hammer's Slammers" books. Drake graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Iowa, majoring in history (with honors) and Latin. His stint at Duke University Law School was interrupted for two years by the U.S. Army, where he served as an enlisted interrogator with the 11th Armored Cavalry in Vietnam and Cambodia. Drake has a wife, a son, and various pets.

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David Drake was attending Duke University Law School when he was drafted. He served the next two years in the Army, spending 1970 as an enlisted interrogator with the 11th armored Cavalry in Viet Nam and Cambodia. Upon return he completed his law degree at Duke and was for eight years Assistant Town Attorney for Chapel Hill, North Carolina. He has been a full-time freelance writer since 1981. Besides the best-selling Hammer's Slammers series, his books for Baen include the popular Leary of the RCN series, with seven volumes so far: "With the Lightnings"; "Lt. Leary, Commanding"; "The Far Side of the Stars"; "The Way to Glory"; "Some Golden Harbor," "When the Tide Rises" and "In the Stormy Red Sky." His "Lord of the Isles" fantasy novels for Tor are genre best sellers. Among his other Baen titles are "Ranks of Bronze," "All the Way to the Gallows," "Redliners," and many more.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 977 KB
  • Print Length: 528 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Baen Books; 1 edition (3 Dec 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #94,074 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.0 out of 5 stars You're there, but who are you there with? 13 April 2010
My main praise and my main criticism of the Hammer's Slammer's series can be traced to something author and Vietnam veteran David Drake says in the foreword to the first volume; "I kept the tone unemotional: I didn't tell the reader something was horrible, because nobody had to tell me."

This is both something of a blessing and a curse to the books. A blessing in that you'll be hard pressed to find even two consecutive pages in the stories where someone isn't being graphically sawn in half with a powergun. And the carnage is not confined to the soldiers themselves. Most of the stories will feature at least one instance of civilian casualties and even young children and babies being murdered. This is a war story, and Drake does not compromise on the gore, nor does he insult the reader's intelligence by ending each paragraph with an oh-the-humanity-esque sign off. Like Drake said; the reader knows it's horrible; we don't need to be told, and this contributes greatly to the atmosphere of the tales.

But equally the dispassionate tone of the writing creates a problem for the reader when dealing with the characters; the ones dealing out the death. The reader knows the character's actions are horrible, but we're not always sure that the characters themselves do. This creates a problem when trying to relate to the character in that we're not sure whether we should like them as humans with a dirty job or despise them as monsters. This difficulty is compounded by the short-story nature of the tales, which hampers the reader's ability to get to know the character as well as they would over the course of an entire novel.
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5.0 out of 5 stars As realistic as military science fiction gets 15 Feb 2013
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After reading this collection I really felt like I had done a tour of duty with the slammers. Horrifying, uplifting, and all things in between.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb 15 Jan 2013
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The best military science fiction available today written by a man who knows what he's talking about and writes it well
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