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The Sword and the Dagger [Paperback]

Ardath Mayhar

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Product Details

  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Contemporary Books (April 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0931787777
  • ISBN-13: 978-0931787775
  • Product Dimensions: 18.5 x 10.9 x 2.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 113 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #928,674 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Pre-History of the BattleTech & Mechwarrior Universe games March 18 2013
By KevinPDonnelly - Published on Amazon.com
I owned & read this book when the only way to play with 'Mechs was to get the Miniatures and tabletop together to do battle with your friends. Ardath SHOULD have written many more. The characters of Hanse Davion, Archon Kristina Stiener and the rest of the Inner Sphere Houses, the warfare and intrigue made the miniatures games that much more enjoyable. Though it has been called "outdated" and not really connected, the Whole Modern Era of Mechwarrior and all these Successors to/of the Clan invasion (liberation according to the Clanner View as the progeny of General Kerensky..)would not exist without works such as this. Not to mention the Original Box Set with the paper card miniatures FASA first published in the mid '80's. Current "History" Does Not exist with out a Foundation to spring from. This book should not have been the sibling-less offering it had to become when FASA started to die. If Anyone would truely like to understand where the Lave Gun in MechAssault on the Original XBOX, or any of the other amazing LosTech advances, brought back by the Clans,NAIS and many others came from, this book and the original Compendium and Tech Readouts from the FASA years, would give them the understanding of ComStar, The KF drive and the rest of The Star Leagues' Pre-History, The Foundation, as it were, Of MechWarrior Online, MEKTEK and all the other platform/offerings available in the universe of Battle/Mech Warriors.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars You need this book Sept. 5 2001
By John Winters - Published on Amazon.com
First off you're going to see doubles for important people cropping up throughout the books and this is where that whole idea got started. It also explains a few things about 'mechs that aren't explained in later books, such as how they are able to hold so much ammunition for such large bore autocannons. I will admit the story is kind of flat at points, but if you don't read this book you aren't going to fully understand some of the later ramifications, especially the reasons for the fourth succession war that occurs in the Warrior trilogy. So if you can find it get this book and read it. I know one thing is for certain though I'm not getting rid of my copy, its just to hard and expensive to find.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A story of intrigue, but a bit faulty?? Feb. 23 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
As one of the first Battletech books, this deserves respect, and the story is intriguing, though it is now outdated, what with the viability of cloning these days. The idea of supplanting one of the rulers of a successor house is brilliant, and the meticulous planning are nearly perfect, and I would like to say I was satisfied with the ending, but it left me wanting more, which is a good thing for the publisher, a bad thing for me. ;)
8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Sword and Dagger Feb. 13 2002
By Philip Rigby - Published on Amazon.com
....It sometimes seems confusing, in the fact that it was not what I was used to, post Clan Invasion tech and politics, not pre-clan. Once I got through that though, the story was good.
The characters are realistic, in their growth through the story. Also, the combat descriptions, while not as good as the later novels, is fair. The story is essential to the Battletech universe, and it explains many things. Things I hadn't understood from later novels, became clear from this book. It also gave me the incentive to purchase the Warrior Trilogy.
All in all, a good read.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The seeds of inner sphere political conflict Oct. 28 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
This early battletech novel is a superb starting off point for any reader. The introduction of the capellan and davion states sets the stage for the future Warrior Trilogy. I feel that Liao was the hero in the book. The Capellan aspirations for the Star League throne are well founded. Fans also get to see more characterization of Arden Sortek who was left out of most other novels. This book should be put back in print immediately!

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