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The Rods and the Axe (Carerra Series Book 6) Kindle Edition
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Tarawa. Iwo. Normandy. Names that shine in the military history of two worlds, places where brave men stormed ashore and fought their way to victory no matter the odds. But then there are other names: Marathon. Malta. Gallipoli.
Balboa’s Patricio Carrera has driven the Tauran Union from his adopted country, driven them out with appalling loss and worse humiliation. That’s not enough though. To finally finish his enemies, Carrera needs to draw them back for a more telling defeat. He cannot take the battle to them because, beyond some long range bombardment capability, he cannot reach them. But when they return, they don’t plan to come alone; they insist on having someone else do most of the bleeding for them.
Carrera understands this. And that’s why he’s provoked the Zhong Guo mercilessly, infuriating their ruling Empress. He needs the Zhong in the war, to buck up the Taurans to continue the war to its bitterest end.
But to get to Carrera, the Zhong must take the Isla Real, the strongest island fortress on two worlds. In the process, they’ll learn why Marines never forget those other names. . . .
Carrera’s enemies are about to learn why the expression "blood-stained water" is not just a literary allusion.
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About Tom Kratman’s Carrera series:
“[I]nterplanetary warfare with. . .[a] visceral story of bravery and sacrifice . . . fans of the military SF of John Ringo and David Webershould enjoy this SF action adventure.”–Library Journal
“Kratman's dystopia is a brisk page turner full of startling twists … [Kratman is] a professional military man … up to speed on military and geopolitical conceits.” –Best-selling author of America Alone Mark Steyn on Tom Kratman’s uncompromising military SF thriller, Califate
“Kratman raises disquieting questions on what it might take to win the war on terror…realistic action sequences, strong characterizations and thoughts on the philosophy of war.” – Publishers Weekly
A Desert Called Peace
The Lotus Eaters
The Amazon Legion
Come and Take Them
Rods and the Axe
Tom Kratman is a former infantry colonel who served in the U.S. Army for many years before becoming a lawyer in Virginia. He’s now a full-time writer.
About the Author
- ASIN : B00L17ZGY6
- Publisher : Baen Books; 1st edition (June 15, 2014)
- Publication date : June 15, 2014
- Language : English
- File size : 1984 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 511 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #557,250 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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At this time, I'm mostly wondering when Tom Kratman is going to get back to the Carrera series. No problem if he still needs to storyboard it, the logic, math, and thinking are what carry this series (not that the characterizations are bad--they're actually very good); I suspect most of the storyboarding is long done and either got wiped out somehow or Mr. Kratman is working on voicing his newer characters into their roles.
But the battle scenes are vivid and exciting, the personal interplay is well written and engaging, the characters are well developed and interesting...overall a very good read.
I lose track in all the detail about certain things especially discussion about Balboan military units or groups for example. I have no idea of their actual sizes based on the descriptive words used...so I have to fight a tendency to let my eyes track to the right and down when those details appear and I can't really process them.
In this particular book, I kept waiting for the Prologue scene to be played out. What was up with that?
I can only assume it was implied toward the end?
Enjoyable book with, for me, minor issues.
Top reviews from other countries
Da non perdere (come, sinceramente, molti dei libri di Kratman).