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We Few (March Upcountry) Hardcover – April 5, 2005
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About the Author
John Ringo is author of the New York Times best-selling series so far comprising A Hymn Before Battle, Gust Front, When the Devil Dances, and Hell's Faire, and co-author with David Weber of March Upcountry, March to the Sea and March to the Stars, the first two books in this series. His latest novel is Into the Looking Glass (Baen).
- ASIN : 074349881X
- Publisher : Baen; First Edition (April 5, 2005)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 400 pages
- ISBN-10 : 9780743498814
- ISBN-13 : 978-0743498814
- Item Weight : 1.27 pounds
- Dimensions : 6.5 x 1 x 9.75 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,404,049 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This is a 4- book series. March Upcountry, March to the Sea, March to the Stars, and We Few. The planet, its natives, and its wildlife is as much a character as is Prince Robert. Other reviewers have provided the story details. For those who aren't gung ho military science fiction fans, it is still a good story with a complex alien world, a culture that historically progresses forward from nomadic hunters to farming to city states. We get to explore an alien world and we also see Prince Roger's world through alien eyes.
The sequence of books so far in the series is:
March to the Sea
March to the Stars
Having fought their way from one end of a primitive planet to the other, captured a spaceport, and captured an enemy starship, Prince Roger and the 12 survivors of his bodyguard had acheived what they thought would be necessary to return home. Unfortunately they now find that there has been a coup on Old Earth, in which the sabotage of Roger's ship was only the first act.
Roger's mother the Empress Alexandra is being held prisoner by the evil Prince Jackson and by Roger's own father: his brother, sister, and all his nephews and nieces have been murdered. And in the belief that he was dead and can't answer back, the real criminals have made Roger the scapegoat for the murders, so that all his potential allies think he's the traitor.
But the people who are running the Empire have made two mistakes. First, Roger is very much alive: second, he's a McLintock and they've made him very, very angry ...
The "We few" of the title is a reference to the few survivors who fought all the way round Marduk and the bond between them.
Excellent collaboration between John Ringo and David Weber. The naval battle scenes and political manouvering could have come out of an Honor Harrington book, while the ground fighting scenes are very reminiscent of the "Posleen" series. In other words, the best of both writers.
The ending does appear to leave open the option of at least one more book in the series, so I will wait with interest to see if another one comes forward.
I recently decided to try Dave Weber's Military Science Fiction to see why it is so popular. I am now hooked. I will read everything he wrote, and keep up with his new stuff. His military has real hooks to lure me into believing the unreal. I grew up a Marine brat, and then was a Viet Nam Vet, I recognize he is a Vet of the 82nd Airborne, therefore I understand he writes about believeable military manners and culture that could be the same in any army of any period of history--- even a far future period.
Forty years ago I read the space operas of Doc E.E. Smith, as well as the ancient historical fiction works of L. Sprague DeCamp(He wrote good military fiction, some very humorous, about the wars of the ancient Greeks, before he was famous as a sci-fi author). I also dipped into the Captain Horatio Hornblower novels by Forster. Weber wades in the same waters.
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But anyone who underestimates the new battle hardened prince will do so at their peril.
Overall a superb finish to the series that leaves you wanting more, I'd enjoy a continuation of the story with Roger kicking ass across the universe