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Fire in a Faraway Place [Mass Market Paperback]

Robert A. Frezza
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Jan. 31 1994
Six years after Lt.-Colonel Anton Vereshcagin's 1st Battalion, 35th Imperial Infantry Regiment (Rifle) quelled the revolt that marooned it on Suid-Africa, another fleet appears in the skies: Earth has not forgtten Suid-Afrika, nor has the Japanese company that once ran the planet.
The fleet is to reintroduce what the Japanese think of as order--ever higher production norms for the metals that make interstellar flight possible, and compelled obedience to the company's rules. There are no Caucasians among the new forces, and even the soldiers of the Manchurian regiment are led by the Japanese.
Despite Lt.-Col. Vereschagin's efforts to prevent bloodshed, war eventually begins, and he sides with the colonists. Vereschagin realizes that Tokyo cannot overlook the loss of a planet to rebellion; it has an interstellar empire to protect. No, Tokyo must be convinced that further attacks are dangerous--and to do that, Vereschagin has a plan....

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5.0 out of 5 stars Frezza's `Fire in a Faraway Place' Dec 22 2003
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Robert Frezza, who is a military veteran, writes a very believable and engaging sequel to his first book ``A Small Colonial War'' that told the story of Lt. Col. Anton Vereshchagin's 35th Imperial Rifle Battalion and its efforts to put down a revolt on the colonial planet of Suid-Afrika. Now, the Japanese empire has returned in the form of another fleet and Vereshchagin's men, who have integrated themselves into the Suid-Afrikan body politic and society, must decide whether to accept the yoke of Imperial control or rebel along with the planet. Great development of characters and fine storytelling.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Top line military SF March 10 1999
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"Fire" is a worthy sequel to A Small Colonial War. Robert Frezza's universe and characters are equal to David Weber's Honor Harrington series and arguably are even better. Superb military SF.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Among the best military SF ever written May 18 2004
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Believable likeable military characters; asynchronous warfare that would have impressed Joyn Boyd.
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5.0 out of 5 stars `Second Book, But Not Second Best June 12 2006
By Keltixx - Published on Amazon.com
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Continuing the story of the 35th Imperial Rifles and the Sud-Afrikan peoples. As with the first book, I care for these people and hurt when one of them dies...and Frezza allows beloved characters to die. The death of a character you like is gut wrenching, but real. There is no sugarcoating of war here. Read this book, but read "A Small Colonial War" first. Then read "Cain's Land" to end the trilogy.

I recommend these books to anyone who wants to try and understand a little about war and warriors.

These are books I keep and reread as "old friends".
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Frezza's `Fire in a Faraway Place' Dec 22 2003
By Daniel A. Hart - Published on Amazon.com
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Robert Frezza, who is a military veteran, writes a very believable and engaging sequel to his first book ``A Small Colonial War'' that told the story of Lt. Col. Anton Vereshchagin's 35th Imperial Rifle Battalion and its efforts to put down a revolt on the colonial planet of Suid-Afrika. Now, the Japanese empire has returned in the form of another fleet and Vereshchagin's men, who have integrated themselves into the Suid-Afrikan body politic and society, must decide whether to accept the yoke of Imperial control or rebel along with the planet. Great development of characters and fine storytelling.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Among the best military SF ever written May 18 2004
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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Believable likeable military characters; asynchronous warfare that would have impressed Joyn Boyd.
5.0 out of 5 stars More Rnjoyable than pulp MilSciFi Oct. 22 2013
By Dejan N. Nenov - Published on Amazon.com
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I really enjoy this series. It is a pity the author has not continue in SciFi since the mid 90's
5.0 out of 5 stars Bob- we miss you Feb. 15 2013
By Curtis Childress - Published on Amazon.com
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2nd book of the Colonial War series. If you are a fan of the Variag, the Iceman, Der Henker and the rest of the folks- this is it. For those that wondered what would happen if the Imperials return to Suid Africa- it does get messy. Not a good idea to mess with people that are PROFESSIONAL soldiers.

For an unknown reason, Robert stopped writing- so be careful about getting addicted- there is only one more in the series, and the McLendon's Syndrome books. Would love to see more, but do not think that will be forthcoming
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