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The Rods And The Axe (Carerra) Hardcover – 31 Jul 2014

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  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Baen Books (31 July 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1476736561
  • ISBN-13: 978-1476736563
  • Product Dimensions: 15.5 x 3.6 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,509,012 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Tom Kratman is a former infantry colonel who served in the U.S. Army for many years before becoming a lawyer in Virginia. He's now a full-time writer.

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Excelent read
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I have now read this with great enjoyment as the author is now leading things onwards and, hopefully, upwards to deal with the spy in the sky. Very good, just a couple of nagging points, one that the Zhong Invasion battle is a bit sketchy as to naval losses, presumably the next Volume will deal with what exactly the Balboan Submarine service can do to help. The other niggle is that , much as you can, perhaps, sympathise and empathise with the description of the unsympathetic "Tauran Union" character named "Elizabeth", it would be better if she could retain the same surname-to avoid any unpleasantness....associations.... But,of course, any resemblance to actual persons is, merely,a figment of the Author's fantastically well researched, detailed ,and vivid imagination. A very good addition to a series that is one of the better such currently available, roll on the next couple, as these are good value, well written and worth the wait. so long as Mr. Kratman can be persuaded, by whips, scorpions, filthy lucre or Balboan Techniques, to keep uo with BOTh of his current series as quickly as possible!!
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Good characterisation and plot lines
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5.0 out of 5 stars Tom Kratman's "Carrera" series is one of the all-time best military SF novel series ever 11 Jun. 2016
By Bryan E. Walker - Published on Amazon.com
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Tom Kratman's "Carrera" series is one of the all-time best military SF novel series ever. Not only does he get the little details right, not only does he write a powerful story, not only does he have in depth character analysis of many characters, but this series is a Serious study in Political Theory, and Military Science. If you want to know how the Left kills countries and destroys the military from within, if you want to know how we SHOULD be fighting terrorism, READ THIS SERIES! Sometimes in a series the sequels do not measure up to the first book. Not so with Kratman! Each book is as good as or even better than the previous volume. The SF part of the book is lightly done, it is in the background to the main story, but it is DEEP as well, maintaining three distinct levels in the SF portion alone. I HIGHLY recommend this book to our military members past and present, and to those in Congress or the defense industry. Kratman is not just entertainment, he is a serious thinker offering important ideas for our society...some of which I disagree with, but all of which are well thought out.
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good read 16 April 2017
By Robert Redfeather - Published on Amazon.com
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There are a few, scattered, bits from previous novels which I was able to skip over in this one, but they did serve the purpose of tying the series chronology together. Since the series flips flash-forward and flash-back as well as introducing and caring side-stories, this sometimes accumulates to a necessary evil.
At this time, I'm mostly wondering when Tom Kratman is going to get back to the Carrera series. No problem if he still needs to storyboard it, the logic, math, and thinking are what carry this series (not that the characterizations are bad--they're actually very good); I suspect most of the storyboarding is long done and either got wiped out somehow or Mr. Kratman is working on voicing his newer characters into their roles.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Kratman is so politically incorrect and I love it 31 Aug. 2014
By Steve Asaro - Published on Amazon.com
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Kratman is so politically incorrect and I love it. I can never get enough of his writings. This book continues his alternate history series on a parallel world in the future. It started a little slow and bounced around all over the place. It should not be a first read of the series. It builds & builds toward the crescendo ending. Along the way Kratman uses his military style humor to torpedo what I call "head buried in sand" thinking. I can't wait for the next book.
4.0 out of 5 stars Good books. 1 July 2016
By Sailorcurt - Published on Amazon.com
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Gets a little wordy in explaining the intricate details of the makeup of every combat unit and fighting position. The author is obviously very knowledgeable bout military matters, but for those who are just looking for an entertaining read, knowing the specific capabilities of each weapon system, its proper use and placement and the exact makeup and deployment of each unit involved in a battle is probably a little much. It actually got confusing because there was so much information it was hard to remember which unit was being discussed at a given time.

But the battle scenes are vivid and exciting, the personal interplay is well written and engaging, the characters are well developed and interesting...overall a very good read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I love this series 23 Sept. 2014
By jpaplu - Published on Amazon.com
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I love this series. Kratman takes all the liberal looneyness in the current world and works it out in a logical progression to a totally dysfunctional, amoral, impotent society of the future. His heroes are characters forged in the same type of frontier circumstances that created many once-thriving nations and he pits them (again logically and historically) against the crumbling empire. The brutality is sometimes hard to take - even understanding his logic, I find myself skimming details in places - but it is never gratuitous. Like everything else, it builds logically from the beliefs of the characters and the circumstances in which they find themselves. The entire series is thought-provoking on any number of levels. I look forward to the next book.
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