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Battletech 44 Threads Of Ambition Book 01 Of The Capellan Soluti [Mass Market Paperback]

Loren Coleman
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)

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April 2 1999 Battletech, 44 (Book 1)
The ambitious First Lord of the resurrected Star League launches a campaign to rebuild the ancient Capellan Confederation. With his sights set on expanding his borders through the reclamation of the St. Ives Compact, he is brought into direct conflict with his own family. Supported by the ferocious Hustang Warriors, the threat poses a danger to all who would oppose the First Lord's rule. With military units divided in their loyalties, the question remains: Who is willing to pay the higher price in blood?.

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1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed! June 20 2001
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I am really disappointed by this book.
Sun Tzu is still hungry for power and does not care the least bit for his people! The first new elected Star Lord is the first one to abuse that position, too. I know the result of this two book "solution" and hope he will pay for that.
The authors really do have problems: they do not know enough of militarian behaviour. To make their goals available - most of the time against all odds - the heroes must be nearly unbeatable or "immortal" and the opponents must act stupid!
The CC was the smallest of the "big Houses" and owned a downed military. So how does it come to that famous victories for them? ==> Shifting the odds (by the author)!
Once I liked the CC for its exotic and religious ways and the peace!!full way of Asian philosophy (even the mad ancestors did not threaten that image) but this Sun Tzu is one to cast away!
I hope that the new Precentor Martialum will pay him back within 10 books!
It would be justice!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Coleman may be rising up as high as Stackpole Aug. 26 1999
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This book has to be the best on Coleman has wrote so far. I liked Double Blind, but it had very little action in the middle, all the action was in the beggining and the end. Binding Force was not as good as these two books. It was not all that great, because it had some lame action, that book was average, at 3 stars. But I am speaking about this book. This one was sooo good, you would almost think Stackpole wrote it under a different alias. I think Coleman would be the excellent author for Capellan series, and for underground Mercenaries, and the entire Chaos March. While Stackpole goes with ComStar, DC, FC, LA, Kell Hounds, WC, WiE, and St. Ives Compact. Gressman did a good job on the SJ series, Victor Milan was into Camacho's Caballeros, and Black Dragom, which leaves William Keith Jr. with Grey Death Legion. So Robert Thurston does a good job with JF and SV Clans, while Rboert N Charrete does his Wolf's Dragoons, I am currently reading the one about the WD civil war. To tell you the truth, Coleman has earned her way to owning the bottom half on the IS. She also did a good job on the MW3 story too.
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The Capellan Confederation and the St. Ives Compact have mainly been ignored by the Btech series... since the Warrior series no book has really concentrated on this part of the Inner Sphere except maybe Binding Force which was hard for me to enjoy because the book was about Sun-Tzu whimsically feeling, hey lets flex our military muscle b/c I find it arrogant of Sarna to set up their own government... Anyway this book finally reopens this area to readers... Sun-Tzu plans certainly live up to his namesake with ingenuity as he makes the St. Ives dance to his tune... the battle scenes though sporadic engender a feeling of impending hopelessness making the reader wonder- When will Kai get back to kick some a**? Will Sun-Tzu succeed? Will the people of the Compact continue to fight or voluntarily assimilate back into the Confederation? The story-telling and the characters are very enjoyable and I see this as Loren L. Coleman's best work so far (though Double-Blind was also a very good book) This book has me aching for the sequel and I can't wait to see if Sun-Tzu the puppetmaster's strings will be cut by a returning Victor and Kai.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Ambitious effort results in great novel April 28 1999
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Coleman is really starting to show his skill at telling a complicated story. In this novel he bounces all around the Capellan Confederation and the St. Ives Compact, following some old favorite characters and some new ones as they square off in a political turf war. I may have lost count, but you follow at least six "threads" throughout this novel. Coleman has done a good job balancing political intrigue and down and dirty fighting. Just when you tire of schemes within schemes, along comes a 'mech battle to brighten your day. One word of warning: if you've already purchased and read the Shattered Sphere sourcebook, then you already know the major plot twists in this novel. BUT, even if you do know them you will probably still enjoy this book as there are plenty of little twists and turns to keep you guessing. Why not five stars? I needed more development of Isis Marik to make me completely happy. C'mon! We know what everybody else is thinking, why not her?
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3.0 out of 5 stars Stackpole-ish, which is good! Aug. 1 1999
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I just can't get into the Capellans, but that aside, its a well written story with just the right amount of credible mech battles (as credible as mech battles can get!), which is what I mean by "Stackpole-ish."
Like it or not, Stackpole is *the* BTech measuring stick, and no-one's measured up yet. Some have come close, and I'd have to include this novel and author. The difference is Stackpole clearly writes to an adult audience, the other authors are less clear in who they're writing to. Mostly adolescents I'd speculate.
This one falls into the latter category too. Some of the main characters aren't more than two-dimensional, and it's just an overall light read, but hey, this is BattleTech, a series based on a game; we don't read it expecting Tolstoy, we read it for a quick diversion and visit to a "cool" universe where "giant robot-like" war machines blow each other to smithereens.
This one's a good lunch-time read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Book!
This was a great book; it showed how Sun Tzu Liao had to be both politically and militarily successful in his campaigns. Read more
Published on Sept. 3 2002
3.0 out of 5 stars Excellent political storyline, bad combat stories!
This book depicts the events leading to the invasion of St. Ives Compact by the Capellan Confederation. Read more
Published on Sept. 3 2000 by RKurniawan
4.0 out of 5 stars The Capellans return at the helm of a sane ruler... sweet...
Is it not hard to imagine the Capellan Confederation rising up as a strong Successor State again? Loren Coleman is striving to make it believable. Read more
Published on Aug. 10 2000 by Deakan
4.0 out of 5 stars Extremely Well Done Cliffhanger
Coleman has written a great book and a cliffhanger to boot! I bought this book when it came out and by the time I had finished it I was already waiting anxiously for the next one... Read more
Published on Nov. 16 1999 by Andrew Hall
5.0 out of 5 stars It's about time!!!!!!
As a fan of the Capellan Confedration and Sun-Tzu Liao this book really appealed to me. Mostly all the other b-tech book portray Sun-Tzu and the Confederation as fanatics and as... Read more
Published on Oct. 30 1999
5.0 out of 5 stars Coleman's best Battletech book to date.
This book is filled with action and intrigue and was a delight to read. Fans awaiting the sequel can get a preview of the first chapter at FASA's Battletech website.
Published on July 11 1999
2.0 out of 5 stars Fine writing, boring book
The book was written well, but overall...it was really a VERY non-important part of the BTech universe. Read more
Published on May 21 1999
5.0 out of 5 stars the best of the last five or six BT books
Coleman does a great job!!! A must read for all battletech fans. Good mixture of action and intrigue. Now you have a reason to hate Sun-Tzu. Read more
Published on April 20 1999 by Rick Boerger
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