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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 4th Book in the Roger McLintock saga, 12 Sept. 2006
This review is from: We Few (Mass Market Paperback)
"We few" follows on from the trilogy of books in which Prince Roger McLintock, spoilt younger son of the Empress of an interstellar empire, is stranded on the primitie planet Marduk.

The sequence of books so far in the series is:

March Upcountry

March to the Sea

March to the Stars

We Few.

Having fought their way from one end of a primitive planet to the other, captured a spaceport, and captured an enemy starship, Prince Roger and the 12 survivors of his bodyguard had acheived what they thought would be necessary to return home. Unfortunately they now find that there has been a coup on Old Earth, in which the sabotage of Roger's ship was only the first act.

Roger's mother the Empress Alexandra is being held prisoner by the evil Prince Jackson and by Roger's own father: his brother, sister, and all his nephews and nieces have been murdered. And in the belief that he was dead and can't answer back, the real criminals have made Roger the scapegoat for the murders, so that all his potential allies think he's the traitor.

But the people who are running the Empire have made two mistakes. First, Roger is very much alive: second, he's a McLintock and they've made him very, very angry ...

The "We few" of the title is a reference to the few survivors who fought all the way round Marduk and the bond between them.

Excellent collaboration between John Ringo and David Weber. The naval battle scenes and political manouvering could have come out of an Honor Harrington book, while the ground fighting scenes are very reminiscent of the "Posleen" series. In other words, the best of both writers.

The ending does appear to leave open the option of at least one more book in the series, so I will wait with interest to see if another one comes forward.
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Initial post: 22 Mar 2009 17:42:37 GMT
Suevus says:
I think "We few" is not a reference to the few survivors, but more to Shakespeare's Henry V speach on the eve of the battle : "We few, we happy few, we band of brothers".

In reply to an earlier post on 8 May 2009 01:52:21 BDT
You may well be right: it works either way. Certainly the people, human and marduk, who get off the planet do think of each other as a band of brothers (and sisters). Equally there are only a few of them relative to those who started the journey.
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