Warrior: En Garde (Battletech) Mass Market Paperback – 29 Oct 1998
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In 3027, the secret betrothal of Archon-Desi gnate Melissa Steiner to Prince Hanse Davion, leader of the Federal Suns, is the catalyst that changes the uneasy balanc e of power in the Inner Sphere and begins a brutal conflict for ultimate power. ' --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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By the end of the novel the battle scenes had become repetitive as one after another enemies are obliterated, with little to no loses for the protagonist's side. Easily by the first third of the book you get this feeling that no matter what the other side throws out the protagonist have no chance of loosing. And I'm not even going to go into what strangeness happen with Patrick Kell at the final battle. Most of the characters in the novel, who've grown up in a galaxy engulfed by centuries of the Succession Wars and their associated destruction, seem overly emotional. It comes off as a cross between bad anime and adolescences who've skipped their medication. Parts of the story read as an obvious morality play that repeats the same message over and over again. Yeah, I get it there's racism in the Inner Sphere. Which get me to my next point, good science fiction at least in my opinion should be about other worldly, fantastical settings and ideas. This novel could have easily been set as a 1980's cold war spy novel with mercs running special opts in some third world hot spot. The story elements were very predictable.
An element that makes the Battletech universe so compelling was totally missing. Nowhere did you get the impression that collectively humanity has sunk into a techno Dark Age, where certain technologies have become lost. Everything read like it was new and in perfect working order, which contradicts the settings gritty nature of old machines who's inner working have become lost to the savageries of war. The story plays out more like Saturday morning cartoon for 12-year-olds then hard science fiction. If you like the mech battles, play the table top or computer games and if you like the setting get the sources books, but don't waste your time with this novel.
That said, why is the Warrior series and the Excellent Blood of Kerensky series not on Kindle?
The thing about Stackpole is he stays within the constraints of the series, but still keeps to the laws of physics. He researches how things work and how the events would unfold in real life.
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