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The Sharp End (Hammer's Slammers Series) Hardcover – 1993


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Product Details

  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Baen (1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671721925
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671721923
  • Product Dimensions: 24.1 x 16.2 x 3.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 658 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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Format: Hardcover
David Drake's work is more subtle than a first reading would suggest. If you were to read just one Hammer story, or one Belisarius, you might think he was rubbing your nose in the blood and gore like so many of today's movies do, just to get a gut reaction and celebrate the carnage. However if you read the books a second, and a third time, and reflect on some of our recent history, you begin to understand that while the characters entertain the background of blood and gore reflects the brutal reality of human conflict the characters must act in, and survive. War is ugly. The characters that evolve and survive are forever affected by this ugliness. A tremendous amount of history is created in conflict. We are a product of that history and that brutality - David Drake wants to make sure we remember that and that we don't forget the human nature of the people who undertake the most brutal of human occupations. I would recommend his books to anyone who wants to serve their country, or who wants to be responsible for sending sons and daughters to war. There is a rough side to that business, and David Drake does an excellent job of reminding us of the ugly, the profound - and most of all the human sides of war. And,
it's a rollicking good read!
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By A Customer on July 29 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This is very much a book in the Slammers series. This might be slightly superior to the others since all the main characters are introduced separately in a short story each, obviating the need for a long drawn-out bloodbath as in most Slammer stories. For most of the book the actual combat vehicles are missing, although these make a surprise entrance in the last chapter, apparently more for sentimental reasons than for the sake of the story.
In short: if you like the Slammers buy this. If you don't know what the Slammers are leave it in the bookstore.
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
Excellent addition to the Slammers series. Actually, they are no longer the Slammers in this story, which takes place after the final story in the original Slammers book, when Hammer ascends to power over Niew Friesland. So the Slammers are now the FDF (Friesian Defense Forces), but the still kick butt across the stars. The book was (as all the Slammer's stories) a well developed set of characters in an understandable conflict who "whup" butt and (maybe) come to know themselves better in the process.
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