- Hardcover: 544 pages
- Publisher: Baen (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: 37 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,344,826 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.
From Library Journal
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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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. It has taken 2 books to go aproximately 2/3 the way to their final destination, the elusive "Star Port." They are still 1/3 away from the damn thing, they now have to cross a perilous Sea in the new book. Argh!!!
Book does have some pretty good battle scenes. Reminiscent of "The Lost Regiment" series. Hordes of Native barbarians being slaughtered and piled up by a couple dozen marines. Over, and over, and over again. Still, this can be fun :)
I can't say this is a bad book, but I won't say it's a good one either. If you enjoyed March Upcountry, like I did, you probably will semi-enjoy this book. If you semi-enjoyed the first, you'll probably not like this one too much. Not a ringing endorsement I guess.
Now the question is, do I give the new book in the Series, March to the Stars a chance.....Well, I dunno :)
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. However, it has a problem with barbarian hordes migrating from the north. Not only a problem in themselves, the hordes have been driving local tribes off their ranges. After bloodlessly defeating one such tribe, the marines hire them as caravan guards in their trek to Diastra. Unfortunately, Diastra is under siege by the barbarians and the entire area all the way to the sea has been overrun. Apparently the marines will have to fight the rest of their way to the sea.
Look for the mirrored armor on the back cover; how do artists get away with such license? One also doesn't understand how readers can expect a romantic affair in the middle of a desperate sorty into enemy territory. The reader should try finding time and energy for a little romance between long marches, night sentry duty, and random attacks.
Recommended for Ringo and Weber fans and anyone else who likes combat SF and exotic cultures.
-Arthur W. Jordin
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