Forged in Blood Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
Warriors and soldiers tied together throughout time and space.
From the distant past to the far future, those who carry the sword rack up commendations for bravery. They are men and women who, like the swords they carry, have been forged in blood. These are their stories.
In medieval Japan, a surly ronin is called upon to defend a village against a thieving tax collector who soon finds out it's not wise to anger an old, tired man. In the ugliest fighting in the Pacific Theater, an American sergeant and a Japanese lieutenant must face each other, and themselves. A former US Marine chooses sides with outnumbered Indonesian refugees against an invading army from Java. When her lover is stolen by death, a sergeant fighting on a far-flung world vows vengeance that will become legendary. And, when a planet fragments in violent chaos, seven Freeholders volunteer to help protect another nation's embassy against a horde.
Featuring all-new stories by Michael Z. Williamson, Larry Correia, Tom Kratman, Tony Daniel, Micahel Massa, Peter Grant, John F. Holmes, and many more.
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|Listening Length||14 hours and 31 minutes|
|Author||Michael Z. Williamson - editor|
|Narrator||Eric Jason Martin|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||May 18, 2021|
|Best Sellers Rank||
#129,035 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals)
#432 in Science Fiction Anthologies & Short Stories
#1,487 in Military Science Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
#2,000 in Science Fiction Anthologies (Books)
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Oh right, the review. When was the last time you read a story that spanned two thousand years starring the same character? Never? I hadn't either. Why not try something new, and epic, and fantastic? Pick this one up and give it a whirl.
Find out exactly who Sergeant Lisa Riggs was and how she died. (Hint, she's in The Weapon too, but we didn't know it at the time).
Find out exactly how Rowan Moran, student of Iaido, won a peerless honor for the Freehold by rescuing the Caledonian Royalty armed "only" with his "ceremonial" sword.
Find out which well-known Baen author managed to slip a Monty Python shout-out into his story,
Find out what happens when you get two Chinrans, a Pacelli and a handful of other operatives into a fortified position and unlimited targets...
I laughed, I cried, (no exaggeration). I loved the whole thing from cover to cover.
* Mixtape not actually available on iTunes. Yet.
The concept of an object, a sword in this case, as a subject to hang a series of short stories from is not new, but the coherence and quality of this work makes the theme work beautifully. It can be read as a novel, and that is quite remarkable.
The quality of the authors represented here is hard to touch, and they deliver. Each story is interesting, many are genuinely wrenching, and all are superbly written.
"Steel isn't strong, boy; flesh is stronger...What is the sword compared to the hand that wields it?" - Thulsa Doom
The flesh is ephemeral, but the steel endures. Yet without the flesh the steel is useless. Down through the centuries, the sword has passed from hand to hand. The War Bride, she has been called. She exists for battle, to become one with a worthy owner and seek glory in strife. She has been broken many times. And reforged anew. These are some of her stories.
Michael Z Williamson is a subject matter expert on the making, use, and history of edged weapons. He combines his knowledge and writing talents with a host of other talented authors to tell the stories of the War Bride and her wielders. Whether, young or old, brave or cowardly they all are changed by their time with the sword. Some will not survive that time.
Mike and the other authors bring use comedy and tragedy, nobility and perfidy to offer us a glimpse into the ethos of the soldier and what it means to stand in the breach to serve and protect the ones they love.
Each of the stories link together very well, and the later stories give us additional insight to characters mentioned briefly in the first two books of the 'Freehold' series, as well as revisiting familiar characters from those same books.
Overall, an excellent addition to the 'Freehold' series...don't miss out!