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Battletech 18 Highlander Gambit [Mass Market Paperback]

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May 17 1995 Battletech
Death Commando Loren Jaffray is dispatched to the planet Northwind to destroy the elite Northwind Highlanders by winning their trust and starting a war from within--but Loren is waging his own personal battle between honor and duty.

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1.0 out of 5 stars this book is just... June 21 2001
Format:Mass Market Paperback
since only braine lee pardoe writes about the highlanders, there is really no other writers i can compare him to. but rather than writing about them indepth he just writes about them alot. there is just that difference. his characters are rather, i should say, flat. who would trust a death commando so blatently even though he has some 'family connection'? it makes the colonel macleod look like a gullible old man.
being a death commando, their loyalty to the chancellor is not as easily swayed as loren is. making him a totally unbelivable death commando. even the supposed self-conflict is nothing but his own annoying rants.
one more thing, the epilogue with the conversation between jerry cranston AKA galen cox and victor steiner-davion was so out of their respective characters. especially for victor who seems old, cranky and highly irritable. please, victor is way beyond that.
and ROC, bring back michael stackpole.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Highlander Gambit Oct. 12 2001
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Major Loren Jaffay of the elite troops of the Death Commandoes of the Capellan Confederation is sent on a mission to destroy the "evil" Highlander Regiment because they deserted the Confederation in thier time of need. I think this is a pretty exciting book to read because in the middle of Jaffay's mission the Highlanders split up and battled the Eighth's RTC units. Buy this book it is a good read!!
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The Jaffrey Family left the famous Northwind Highlanders almost three decades ago. Now the man who rules the latest generation of Jaffreys, Chancellor Sun-Tsu Liao, plans to use Loren Jaffrey, the grandson of two of the heroes of the war of 3025, to destroy the Highlanders. But who will he fight for? A nation that he was raised in? Or will he break from every thing he has known to help his ancestors' unit
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4.0 out of 5 stars Highlander Gambit Oct. 12 2001
By Arlene H. Maeda - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Major Loren Jaffay of the elite troops of the Death Commandoes of the Capellan Confederation is sent on a mission to destroy the "evil" Highlander Regiment because they deserted the Confederation in thier time of need. I think this is a pretty exciting book to read because in the middle of Jaffay's mission the Highlanders split up and battled the Eighth's RTC units. Buy this book it is a good read!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars A man returns to his ancestors, but for what purpose? Jan. 22 1997
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
The Jaffrey Family left the famous Northwind Highlanders almost three decades ago. Now the man who rules the latest generation of Jaffreys, Chancellor Sun-Tsu Liao, plans to use Loren Jaffrey, the grandson of two of the heroes of the war of 3025, to destroy the Highlanders. But who will he fight for? A nation that he was raised in? Or will he break from every thing he has known to help his ancestors' unit
5.0 out of 5 stars one of the best Battletech books I've read Dec 16 2007
By Timothy J. Andersen - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This was the first Battletech universe book I had read, so I had a little trouble at first sorting out factions and characters, but it unfolded into a wonderful plot and a memorable clan of highlanders.

The "fight scenes" were described very well.

The last 1/3rd of the book was very exciting, I couldn't put it down. Wish I could share more, but I don't want to spoil it for you.
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Boring, flat, predictable Feb. 3 2005
By Zachary Zelmar - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
When the Northwind Highlanders abandoned the Capellan Confederation, some members resigned from the unit and remained loyal to the Confederation. Death Commando Loren Jaffray is the grandson of one of these former Highlander officers. Chancellor Sun-Tzu Liao sends Loren to neutralize the Northwind Highlanders through intrigue and lies.

The characters lack any depth, ensuring that the book will end predictably.

Loren agonizes over his mission. Due to his relation to a former officer, he is treated as part of the Highlander extended family. He must betray and destroy the people who have taken him in. Pardoe repeatedly tells the reader about Loren's dilemma. He is not subtle about it; do not bother to pay close attention in order to delve into Loren's mind. Pardoe just states outright that Loren feels guilty, that he feels a familial connection, and that he must complete his duty anyway. He does this so often that it quickly proves boring. There is never any real doubt about what Loren will do in the end.

Colonel Macleod immediately and irrationally trusts Loren. He knows that Loren is a Death Commando, trained in espionage and sabotage, sworn to serve Chancellor Liao, arch-rival of the Highlanders. Yet Macleod quickly invites Loren into the War Room, makes him an officer, and entrusts him with dangerous secrets. It makes no sense.

The villain, unsurprisingly, is utterly evil and dishonorable.

This book features ample `Mech combat. The battles are adequately described and the tactics are interesting, but with such boring characters and predictable plot developments, the battles lack suspense or drama.

I saw nothing original or inspirational in Highlander Gambit. It is a forgettable book.

-Zach Zelmar
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1.0 out of 5 stars this book is just... June 21 2001
By Joshua Wong - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
since only braine lee pardoe writes about the highlanders, there is really no other writers i can compare him to. but rather than writing about them indepth he just writes about them alot. there is just that difference. his characters are rather, i should say, flat. who would trust a death commando so blatently even though he has some 'family connection'? it makes the colonel macleod look like a gullible old man.
being a death commando, their loyalty to the chancellor is not as easily swayed as loren is. making him a totally unbelivable death commando. even the supposed self-conflict is nothing but his own annoying rants.
one more thing, the epilogue with the conversation between jerry cranston AKA galen cox and victor steiner-davion was so out of their respective characters. especially for victor who seems old, cranky and highly irritable. please, victor is way beyond that.
and ROC, bring back michael stackpole.
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