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Northworld Trilogy by [Drake, David]
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"Northworld is that rare work -- a novel that works on more than one level. A stunning tapestry ... highly recommended!"

-- The SFRA Newsletter

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The inhuman Rulers of the galaxy sent three fleets to learn what had happened to the world located by Captain North and the Survey Team he led. Neither a soul nor a message returned. The fourth time, the Rulers sent a single man: Nils Hansen.

Commissioner Hansen had a mind that saw the shortest path to each task's completion and a ruthless determination to do what the task required. The cost - to himself and whoever happened to be in the way - didn't matter. Hanson's Special Units had kept his planet safe from the most sophisticated and violent criminals in the galaxy. Now Hansen was being sent to penetrate a spacetime enigma which had made gods or demons of the first humans to discover it. He would succeed or die.

Northworld: a place of slashing violence and mystic transformation
Northworld: a place of treachery and dazzling beauty
Northworld: a place of honor, of faith, and of love.

Hansen's iron will and strong arm confront godlike power and godlike cunning while a galaxy trembles for the outcome. And if Hansen dies - he will not die alone!

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1821 KB
  • Print Length: 791 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Baen Books; 1 edition (July 1 2007)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00B0OWFG2
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars 13 customer reviews
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By A Customer on July 22 1999
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Although this story starts off a little slowly, it is defiantly one of the better Science Fiction trilogies i have ever read. The average reader will not have a problem getting into the plot of this story as it is very easy to understand. Captain North was sent to survey a new planet and he and his crew both disappeared. Three more fleets of ships were sent to learn what happened to them and neither soul nor message returned. The forth time, the rulers of the galaxy sent a single man: Nils Hansen. The story starts out with Hansen as the leader of a Special Units team keeping his planet safe from some of the most violent and intelligent criminals in the galaxy. He doesn't stay there long however. The plot of this story is so original that you can't help but be drawn in by it. The characters are great and you really get to know Hansen and love to see him win. The battle parts are great and the weapons used are nothing short of awe inspiring. It gives a whole new definition to the word armor. The only bad thing i have to say about this book and the only thing that keeps it from receiving 5 stars is the fact that is is NOT complete by any stretch of the imagination. You are left wondering what happens next at the end of the book. Many of the sub plots are left the same way with the main characters just dropped someplace. It is very frustrating as you grow to like all of them in different ways through the course of the book. As a whole i would not hesitate to recommend this book to anyone who likes Sci-fi but i hope you have a good imagination because your gonna have to make up the endings yourself.
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This is another classic trilogy from David Drake, who forged "Hammers' Slammers" and also (with Steve Stirling, another fine wordsmith) gave us "The General" series. Drake is particularly adept and both using and acknowledging the sources of myth and legend while striding boldly outside what we used to think were the limitations and cliches of those genres.
Nils Hansen is a tough, brutal man but no more so than is necessary to get the job done; and as in all of Drake's so-called military science fiction (which category does his work a descriptive disservice) here is a series hero who, like most people who work at 'the sharp end', understands all too well that - Nietzsche to the contrary - that which does not kill us does not make us stronger; it usually leaves us crippled in mind or in body and wired and plumbed with tubes and monitors and pain snaking around under the sheets.
As Drake himself has said (and I have poorly paraphrased); if you choose to deploy men of violence then you owe it to them, yourself and the rest of society to not be ashamed, surprised or ignorant of the results. Not that Drake uses his books to expound philosophy; this is an excellent read on many levels.
Drake tells strong stories strongly. And in a field where all too many authors over-indulge in the presentation of motivations and personal psychology to the detriment of action and passion, Drake is an outstanding craftsman of damn good books.
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The Northworld Trilogy, based on Norse tales, is not a light, airy read. Many of the characters are less than likeable, and blood and gore are easy to find (not a problem here, but some are more squeamish). That said, this is a good series. One reviewer complained that some of the characters were two-dimensional. Doesn't everyone know a few people who seem the same? Not everyone in this world or any other has varied and complex reasons for their actions, or lack thereof. The characters have their reasons, and one of the driving forces for many of them (as was true in many Norse stories) is revenge. Mr. Drake has a way with imagery, especially when dealing with combat that makes it seem as if you are in the fight, and you care about the characters involved. All in all, a good series by an author with many good series such as Hammer's Slammer's; the Igniting the Reaches trilogy; and his new series, with Eric Flint, (An Oblique Approach, and In the Heart of Darkness).Also HIGHLY recommended is his book, Patriots.
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This book (Northworld) was unoriginal and rather boring. The characters were less than one-dimensional and quite frankly there was little to interest me. There was plenty of opportunity here for the author to more thoroughly develop his universe (social structure and characters). Instead he decided to focus on poor descriptions of combat sequences and the occasional deus ex machina to drag the story along. The book featured a main character about whom we couldn't care less, and one surrounded by blithering idiots to boot. Apparently in the author's mind, women exist simply to satisfy the sexual urges of male characters.
Now, I understand that this was all based on Norse mythology, but there's no reason to preserve the same intellectual level.
Fortunately I read this book without having to spend any money to do so (thanks Baen Free Library!).
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What was the book supposed to be about? I was expecting an off-world war adventure (the book delivered on that premise in spades. Good.) and I expected an adventure (never realized or possible in this context). I found the prose confusing, misleading and hard to follow. I didn't think the author was communicating to me at all, and in the end felt totally frustrated with the entire piece. I know this guy is supposed to be famous and published an awful lot of books, but I think he's published a lot of awful books if this is his regular prose. There's so much good sci-fi around these days that I can't warn strongly enough: read them and give this book a miss. Its really that bad. You've been warned. Read something by Simon R. Green instead.
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