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- File Size: 1370 KB
- Print Length: 107 pages
- Publisher: James C. Pourteau; 1 edition (6 May 2015)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00X944PBE
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Columbia: A Third Tale of Bestimmung Company (Tales of B-Company Book 3) Kindle Edition
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Many things especially stand out for me in this tale. The battles continue to be inventive and told in breathtaking detail while still moving the story forward at a momentous pace that never lets up, especially when it reaches its zenith. The potential loss of life will be tragic if Bestimmung Company doesn't succeed, truly living up to the adage that war really is hell.
But the stakes are also very personal, as this harrowing situation brings out more vulnerable sides of Hatch, the QB herself and even Stug too. Stug forms an unlikely and unexpected friendship with a young prisoner and seeing the grizzled veteran actually show a different side of him as he forms a bond was heartwarming while in the midst of this frenzied firefight. Hatch and the QB also struggle with their seemingly hopeless situation and what, if anything, they should do about it. The sparkling banter between the soldiers is well-written and highlights a familial camaraderie born of men serving together on the battlefield, working in sync with one another.
Most importantly, the author simply knows how to write compelling characters. The psychological depth he gives them allows the reader to invest themselves deeply in the outcome, adding much tension to the proceedings as you wonder about their fates. Even as the author perfectly captures all the horror and brutality of war, the characters still shine through. It is these characters that we have come to know well over four different stories that add a powerful emotional heft to the finale, which is both sad and inspiring.
Dovetailing nicely with a significant event from "Pennsylvania Omnibus", upon which this trilogy of Bestimmung Company tales is based, it still stands on its own, showcasing how rich that story is and how these military sci-fi stories can fit very well in this universe.
The author ties of lot of these stories together, most notably "Susquehanna" and the author's short story "Gelassenheit" from "Tales from Pennsylvania", giving it an additional narrative cohesiveness and made me appreciate the extra effort made to seamlessly bring it all together.
Finally, I must mention Ben Adams' artwork in the chapter breaks here, which heightens the story and perfectly captures the grim and gritty realities of war.
This is an excellent concluding chapter capping off a great trilogy about Bestimmung Company. Whether you are a fan of Pennsylvania or just fans of military sci-fi, you should not miss these stories.
"Columbia - the Third Tale of Bestimmung Company" continues the fast paced story of a group of soldiers loyal to TRACE and especially Mary Brenneman, otherwise knows as QB, the leader of this group of characters. At the end of the Second Tale of Bestimmung Company, Mary B is captured by TRANSPORT and things are not looking good. Is she still alive? Some of her me certainly hope so and believe she is being held at the Transport Detention Center in The City, aka Columbia.
Watch as Hatch and Stug attempt to mount a rescue and they are also followed by a group of TRACE commandos to bring them back on a AWOL charge - of is that really the case? Rumors are flowing about many prisoners also being shipped to the City - but why?
If you want the answers, then you will want to get a copy ... today.
Chris Pourteau provides an excellent and fast paced conclusion to what might also be considered as 'The Adventures of Mary B'. The description of how the commandos sneak into the city is pretty graphic and makes you stop and ponder - would I do that? On the other hand, if you happen to know any Vietnam Vets who were "tunnel rats", as I do, then you'll know they were willing to take a greater risk.
As with his other stories, be sure to read the Authors Comments at the end where he tells what historical events he used for inspiration. These make the series much more enjoyable.
Although I'm a sucker for a fairy-tale ending, the author made no attempt to insult his readers with such an unrealistic resolution in this tale of war. What he did do was stay true to his characters, and the heroine of these tales shows us all what it truly means to be a hero. I cheered. I cried. I look forward to that spin-off.
I really enjoyed this adventure of Bestimmung Company, and can't recommend all three of the the tales strongly enough. Pourteau is a really good writer who just keeps getting better, and he pulls you in to care about the characters in Columbia. These TRACE soldiers fight bravely for what they believe in, and who doesn't appreciate that? The world of Pennsylvania is a better place for having these tales, and we can only hope there will be more in the future.