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Not Exactly The Three Musketeers [Mass Market Paperback]

Joel Rosenberg
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Feb. 15 2000
Kethol--The pretty fellow, a long and lanky redhead with an easy smile and an easygoing attitude that his clever eyes deny. He is quick with a quick...and quicker with a sword.

Durine--The big man, a head taller than most and twice as wide, built like a barrel, with a loyal heart and hands too thick to use anything more delicate than an ax handle.

Pirojil--The ugly one, his face heavy-jawed, with an eye ridge that would mark him as a Neanderthal only to the most gracious. But looks deceive, and his might be the rarest gift of all.

Athos, Porthos, and Aramis they're not.

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Rosenberg's intrepid retainers of the Castle Cullinane return in this jaunty addition to his popular Guardians of the Flame series. Doughty men-at-arms Pirojil, Durine and Kethol are stuck with the dirty work when sneaky outworlder Walter Slovotsky avoids accepting a commission from the Dowager Empress to investigate claims that Lady Leria Vor'sen is being pressured to marry Lord Miron, the son of ambitious Elanee, baroness of nearby Keranahan. Along the way they're joined by the wizard Erenor, whose arcane powers may be rivaled by his theatrical ability, and whose background is as colorful as those of the Cullinane retainers. Though Lady Leria denies feeling any pressure under the watchful eye of Elanee, the three decide it's best to escort the young woman back to speak directly with the Dowager Empress?a plan that sets in motion a dangerous chain of events, all designed to keep Leria from reaching Cullinane safely. Fortunately Pirojil, Durine and Kethol, ably assisted by Erenor, are equal to the task of protecting Leria under almost any circumstances, given a little help from Slovotsky and Cullinane's dragon, Ellegon. Rosenberg writes his usual competent mix of earthy characters and gritty action, including a surprising climax that will irrevocably change the trio of friends and soldiers.
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"Picaresque."--Kirkus Reviews

"A rollicking saga of swordmanship and intrigue, spiced up with dragons, damsels, and droll wizards."--SF site

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4.0 out of 5 stars Definitely an enjoyable book. Dec 3 2003
By K. Weld
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I actually started the series by reading this book (thank you, Andy, for the gift. Good call) and I enjoyed it quite a bit.
Summary: Three soldiers are dragged into a political argument and ordered to investigate a minor dispute in the outreaches of the realm, which leads to more than anyone had bargained for.
Pretty good opening concept, although I never read the backs of the books (it ruins the surprise for me). What interested me more than anything else was the pure grittiness of the world that Joel, whom I'm sure doesn't mind being on a first-name basis from me, captured and dropped into my hands. In a land of magic, legends and dragons, one wouldn't expect there to be hardship in simply travelling or even danger in getting a simple drink.
If life were so simple, there wouldn't be much of a story. So the attention to detail, the dangers of everyday life in a world without constant police presence, was impressive.
The characters are hardened veterans, having fought, bled and watched those they've known fall in battle, or even in a street fight. They're honorable without being fanatical about it, exceptionally practical and utterly dedicated to their lord. Joel captures and keeps the societal differences between our world and theirs, and the consistency of it was well done indeed.
The characters are Pirojil, ugly as can be and never is he portrayed otherwise, Durine, large and dangerous and distant, and Kethol, heroic and not too bright but humble. Despite their weaknesses, they are engaging and make for some plausible interaction. It seems obvious that people who have worked together for a long time would know each other, but Joel makes it a point to note some of their conversational short-cuts, and includes some failings among friends that are understandable.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A fun read July 27 2002
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This book is a fun read. I started reading the guardians of the Flame series a few years ago and have enjoyed them all.
The book starts off a little slow but has great character developement and by the end you won't want to put it down. In fact you'll be sad that it's over.
This the first time that the leads of the story are neither Othersiders or the son of an Oothersider and it is fun to see things from a different point of view.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Half-hearted at best Sept. 21 2001
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I keep hoping the Guardians of the Flame series will improve, but after the first two, it was all down hill. The author has a habit of reusing favorite phrases and descriptions. Particularly disgusting is the frequently mentioned "loosing of the bowels with a horrible flatulence" upon someone's death. Although many of the other stories in the series follow an interesting idea (modern-day folks transported into a wizards-and-warriors world), this story fails to have anything interesting to explore. He keeps you in the dark about the 'real' part of the plot until at least page 288, and even then it's over so quickly that I almost missed it. This book doesn't really have anything to recommend it; it has poor writing, poor character development, and a poor plot. I'd take Terry Brooks over this any day.
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4.0 out of 5 stars good book... Aug. 26 2000
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I didn't exactly ROFLOL, but there are funny places in the book that at least made me chuckle, and all the rest of the literary requirements (plot, characterization, not overusing cliches, etc.) were there.
I had not read any of the other Guardians of the Flame novels, but that probably made it better for me--I get tired of unedited books that insist on telling *everything*. "The protagonist breathed in and while breathing out noticed the gnat whirring to and fro. Finishing that complete cycle, the protagonist breathed in again." It was nice to think that there was something I didn't know--histories, alliances, hates, stories.
Of course, I now plan to read the rest of those books :)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not Exactly the Three Musketeers Aug. 10 2000
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Another Great book for the Gaurdian of the Flame series. I was a little disipointed it didn't continue with Jason. I would have given 5 stars if the book would of continued with the original characters. Ahira was not even mention and Walter and Ellegon did not have a big enough roll. Yet the book was a good filler until the next book in the series comes out!!!
To the readers who liked the book, but did not read any of the prior books in the series I think you would be diong your self a favor to try and get a hold of the hole set if possible.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad, but not great March 25 2000
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I didn't realize when I bought this book that it was part of an ongoing series. I was disappointed because the author didn't really seem to make any effort to bring the reader in to his world, so I was screwed because I'd never read the other books in the series. The characters and plot had potential, but they seemed empty and cold, and I found myself longing for deeper characterization, especially of the "heroes" and their relationships with each other. How did they meet? Why did they become friends? What keeps them together? These and other questions all seemed inadequately addressed and made me wonder, at times, if they weren't characters carried over from some other book (which indeed they are). If you're a fan, maybe you'll like it, I couldn't really say, but don't try to read it with no knowledge of the world.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Terrific Companion to the "Guardians of the Flame" Series
I really enjoyed this book.This is more of a companion story with less about our first group of heroes than to the previous 6 books in the series . Read more
Published on March 21 2000 by Allan Bradley
2.0 out of 5 stars Decently written, but grey in nature
The writing style and content are not particularly brilliant, but were captivating enough to keep me turning pages against my better judgment. Read more
Published on March 13 2000
4.0 out of 5 stars Please stop the madness.
I have read ALL of the previous Guardian Novels and can say this one follows nicely... To Hnutt001@aol. Read more
Published on March 10 2000 by denwagh
5.0 out of 5 stars Dumas should have had it so good
I'm not sure I buy the notion that Rosenberg's three heroes are intended to reprise Dumas' -- Durine and Pirojil could maybe both lay claim to being Porthos, while Kethol is much... Read more
Published on Feb. 24 2000 by Oscar Bartles
3.0 out of 5 stars Sorry, Joel...
Not a bad read in a generic-Glen-Cookish manner.
Not the best that i've read from Joel Rosenberg, but it served to fill the time. Read more
Published on Feb. 13 2000 by Michael Weber
2.0 out of 5 stars Rather sad what has happened to this series
I truly loved the first three Guardians of the Flame novels, which is why it was so sad reading this book. Read more
Published on Nov. 7 1999
5.0 out of 5 stars The Man has Style........
I have to admit when I started this book I was upset that it did not delve into his past characters from the Gaudian's series more. Read more
Published on July 6 1999 by Hnutt001@aol.com
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