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Carnifex Mass Market Paperback – October 27, 2009
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Revenge: it won’t bring your wife and kids back, but it might help with the nightmares.
Patricio Carrera has been waging what amounts to a private world war to bring to justice the murderers of his family. He’s raised an army and air force and used them. He’s raised a fleet and he’s about to use that. He’s suborned one republic and is about to undermine another. He’s tracked his enemies across half a world, breaking, in the process, any notion of international law that stood in his way.
Now he’s deployed his legions to Pashtia, penultimate hideout of the Salafi Ikhwan who have made him what he has become. But with each step further from his home, revenge seems no closer. And with each step he leaves behind him a little of his dwindling humanity.
Revenge is a dish best served cold. Yet the trail itself grows cold, as cold as the snow-capped, windswept mountains of Pashtia. Only Carrera’s hate still burns hot, and that’s a fire that is slowly consuming him.
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- Publisher : Baen; Illustrated edition (October 27, 2009)
- Language : English
- Mass Market Paperback : 935 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1416591508
- ISBN-13 : 978-1416591504
- Item Weight : 13.6 ounces
- Dimensions : 4.19 x 1.5 x 6.75 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,526,934 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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People with a bent for rigorous presentation of views might want to save the Authors Afterword for their permanent library. Kratman is trained as a lawyer and makes his points with the logically precise inevitably of an avalanche.
I have read him prior to now in his collaborations with John Ringo (the Live Free or Die series of Ringo is a favorite of mine.) Now I have discovered an author of power and imagination (and humor-he names an airplane a NA-23 for example). I will take the time to seek out his other works, particularly in this series.
An author who quotes Col. Ralph Peters, Churchill, The Bible, and Heinline has an intellectual reach that I find admirable.
Recommended as an adventure story and even more so as an examination of important aspects of our current society.
There is, as in all the Baen military s.f. genre, a surfeit of blood and bodies - which is to be expected; after all, this is a war. This book pays more attention to character development, and we are introduced to a number of persons who will surely appear again in future books. There is a significant amount of sexual content, with Kratman emphasizing fellatio as both an expression of love between two partners, and as an expression of dominance between parties. This coupled with the gore makes this book less than ideal for readers under 16, in my view. Like all good writing, the author has a clear worldview, and you are free to accept or reject it at your leisure. The setting up and knocking down of straw men like the media, the Kosmos, and progressive politics in general can get a little tiresome, especially when Kratman uses Carrera as a mouthpiece for his beliefs, but there is less of it in this book than there was in "ADCP". It is also heartening to see Carrera beginning to pay a personal price for his vengeance by book's end; clearly he is learning that revenge affects both parties permanently.
I am looking forward to the development of the Legion from a band of mercenaries to a nation-state in their own right - and I wonder how long it will take before the "Earthpigs" get what's clearly coming for them.
Robert A. Hall
Author: The Coming Collapse of the American Republic
(All royalties go to a charity to help wounded veterans)