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  • Hardcover: 544 pages
  • Publisher: Baen Books (Aug. 1 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671318268
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671318260
  • Product Dimensions: 15.5 x 4.1 x 23.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 862 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #890,794 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

In this admirable continuation of the authors' March Upcountry (2001), Prince Roger McClintock and his diminishing band of Royal Marines are still on the soggy, hot planet Marduk and still having an interesting time. Their way to the sea and their ultimate goal is barred not only by jungle, swamp, weird wildlife and local politics, but also by a wandering barbarian horde known as the Boman. In addition, the Marines' technological advantage is shrinking faster than their numbers, their vitamins may run out before they reach safety and the course of true or any other love for the prince and female sergeant Nimashet Despreaux is not running smoothly. However, human and Mardukan are able to combine resources including the engineering skills of the city of Diaspra, the wealth of the port city of K'Vaern's Cove, and the military talents of Marine Captain Pahner, exiled Mardukan prince Raster and formidable general Bistem Kar to generate both weaponry and tactics to defeat the Boman. The development of a Mardukan combined-arms force will fascinate sophisticated readers (the manual of arms for a four-armed, 10-foot soldier is a thing of beauty), while the overthrow of the Boman will grip straightforward action lovers in spite of the staggering body count. And there's the distinct hint of at least one more volume about Prince Roger's homeward journey at the end of this one, a hint that will please many. (Aug.)
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Stranded on the hostile planet Marduk and charged with the protection of Prince Roger, Tertiary Heir to the Throne of Man, the Bronze Battalion of the Empress's Own company of elite soldiers makes its tortuous way toward the sea and their only hope of returning home. This fast-paced sequel to March Upcountry continues the odyssey of men and women caught in a struggle for survival and determined to maintain their courage and humor in the face of overwhelming odds. Coauthors Weber (the Honor Harrington series) and Ringo (A Hymn Before Battle) excel in depicting the lives and times of soldiers both on and off the battlefield. With particular appeal to fans of military sf, this title belongs in most sf collections.
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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By SouthernFried on Jan. 8 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
March Upcountry was a good book. Kept me reading and was a nice fun ride. March to the Sea doesn't quite live up to it's predecessor.
This book was harder to finish than the first. If you are looking into buying this book, you've probably read the first and know the basic storyline. If you haven't read the first, dont buy this book until you have, you'll be lost.
I was surprised how much the "growing up" of Roger made the first book so interesting. In this book, he is grown up, and is becoming a major hero to everyone involved. All well and good, but not quite as interesting as watching the "spoiled brat" come to grips with real life in March Upcountry.
March to the Sea seems to be full of filler material. Pages and pages detailing the intricacies of gunsmithing, logistics, training, etc. Each new town the marines arrive in they have to build armies from the ground up. This includes getting the political support, finding raw materials for weapons, training non-combatants how to use weapons, finding food and transportation, etc. Over, and over, and over again. Each town they come to they have to start from scratch, and we get to hear every detail. Hell, I feel I could build my own cannon and rifles with the detail I was given. The thing is, I DON'T WANNA KNOW HOW TO BUILD Rifles, Ships, Cannons, etc...get on with the story!
Now, I know that logistics, training, manufacturing, transportation are key elements to any successful military operation. But, after 3 seperate wars, I just don't wanna hear it anymore.
Seems to me, March Upcountry and March to the Sea, could EASILY be combined in one book. I have a gut feeling that the new book, March to the Stars will be more of the same.
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March To the Sea is the second novel in the Empire of Man series, following March Upcountry. This series is very much like Rider Haggard's tales of forays into unknown lands. In the previous volume, Bravo Company, Bronze Battalion, of the Empress' Own Regiment, have been stranded on Marduk with His Highness, Prince Roger. Guarding Roger has always been an interesting experience, but protecting him from tens of thousands of Kranolta barbarians, ambitious Radj Hoomas of Marshad, and other Mardukan delights has brought bodyguarding to a new high (or depth). Now the marines, with their auxiliaries, are concentrating on getting to the seacoast. They are making good time and enjoying peaceful relations with the natives, except for a few short-lived bandits, but then the weather changes.
The marines love the cold weather -- well, Sergeant Julian does -- but the natives, with the exception of Cord, cannot handle the dryness that come with the cold, so the marines are forced to buy the flar-ta and let the drovers return to their homes. The drovers are willing to sell just as long as Poertena isn't negotiating for the marines. Poertena learns, however, that while he may be better than the Prince at negotiating with the natives, the Prince is better at the game of spades. On the other side of the mountains, they run into a herd of flar-ke and Roger is proven right about their aggressiveness; the marines win the fight, but with high casualties. By the way, flar-ke taste a lot like chicken.
Shortly thereafter, the surviving marines reach Ran Tai, a city surrounding a lake within a bowl-shaped valley in the mountains. Ran Tai is a rich town, trading in the spice from nearpeppers raised in the valley and also in gold, silver and iron as well as some alluvial gemstones.
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The above statement is not something that Roger and company would be glad to hear. In fact they might just tear your head off for saying it in their presence. Marduk is hell. The temperature goes from really hot (110F) to really cold. It is filled with four-armed Mardukans who are savages and Mardukans who are at least slightly civilized. Then there are the savages who pretend they are civilized. All in all, not a world that Prince Roger Heir Tertiary to the Empire of Man would have preferred to be stuck on. This is the second book of the series and continues where the first left off. Roger and his steadily dwindling marine bodyguards have crossed the mountains in the middle of the continent. Now they must journey "to the sea". As they get close to their objective, they meet with increased hostility and increased level of technology. This will test Roger's leadership ability as he trains the Mardukans themselves to fight for their cities.
Roger and his bodyguards are in a race against time, entropy, and casualties. Their vitamin and protein supplements are dwindling, their ammo is almost used up, and little by little Roger loses the friends he has made in his Company.
The final battles will be faught for something we all are familiar with, freedom. Freedom of expression and freedom of the pursuit of individual happiness. Except it will not be humans who will carry the fight, rather it will be the Mardukans themselves. Yes, the mucus covered savages have something similar to the United States and if they don't fight those barbarians off, Roger will be unable to cross the Great Sea and will eventually starve.
Roger continues to exemplify his leadership skills and continues to learn. Once this book ends, the journey will have one more leg to travel before Prince Roger is sent into the stars from which he was born and dazzles all who thought they knew him.
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