While many consider Warrior: En Garde to not be Stackpole's finest liteary accomplishment, the entire Warrior trillogy gives a basis of what is to come in the future of the BattleTech Universe. And the Warrior trillogy starts here, with Warrior: En Garde. The Warrior Trillogy books were my first forray into the BattleTech Universe of fiction, and after finishing those went directly to the Blood of Kerensky books. I, like many BattleTech readers, consider Stackpole's books to be less fiction and more history in the BattleTech universe. Stackpole's ability to carry on multiple stories accross space and time, yet keeping them all interwoven is a litery skill he has indeed mastered, yet keeps the scenes breveft and intense. Each of the books in the trillogy, especially Warrior: En Garde could have been extended to more than three books in itself, but its elegance in simplicity is one of its greatest qualities. If you have not read this book, and the rest of the Warrior Trillogy, you are misssing out on three of the greatest BattleTech novels ever written and a good history lesson behind all the future events in the Inner Sphere.