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In 1974, at age seventeen, Tom Kratman became a political refugee and defector from the PRM (People’s Republic of Massachusetts) by virtue of joining the Regular Army. He stayed a Regular Army infantryman most of his adult life, returning to Massachusetts as an unofficial dissident while attending Boston College after his first hitch. Back in the Army, he managed to do just about everything there was to do at one time or another. After the Gulf War, with the bottom dropping completely out of the anti-communist market, Tom decided to become a lawyer. Every now and again, when the frustrations of legal life and having to deal with other lawyers got to be too much, Tom would rejoin the Army (or a somewhat similar group, say) for fun and frolic in other climes. His family, muttering darkly, put up with this for years. He no longer practices law, instead writing full-time for Baen. His novels for Baen include A State of Disobedience, Caliphate, and the series consisting of A Desert Called Peace, Carnifex, The Lotus Eaters, The Amazon Legion, Come and Take Them, The Rods and the Axe, and A Pillar of Fire by Night. He has written novels with John Ringo: Watch on the Rhine, Yellow Eyes, and The Tuloriad. Also for Baen, he has written the first three volumes of the modern-day military fiction series Countdown.
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This set of linked short stories are a good but not great contribution to the author's main series of novels. I would highly recommend you read the series starting at the beginning or you really won't understand the context for some of these stories. Part of the fun of these series is being immersed in a complex alternate world with all of it's personal drama, politics and conflict. You will miss a lot by just dropping in on this small slice of that universe. The book is edited decently for the most part.
I bought this without reading the full description and was expecting some short stories in Carrera's world. They turned out to be from a time before Carrera. I forced myself to read the whole thing. Some of the stories were mildly interesting and included some combat scenes, but if I could do it over, I would not spend the time or money again.
Reviewed in the United States on December 11, 2019
The Col has put together a top notch group of authors to write stories set in his universe. well written individual stories separate yet adding to the whole. I literally had a hard time putting it down. Each small story is a part of the big picture. Like frames from a movie.
This is worth the read overall. Some of the stories are only ok, but at least three of them - the one set in alt-Vietnam, the one in alt-Mexico, and the one regarding the UN are excellent and more than enough to encourage me to pick up the next volume.
This is a collection of short stories all dealing with the new planet and her newly established colonies. Many of the places are very familiar to those readers of the "Carreraverse" and some long back stories are fleshed out here. Leading to some new questions (of course). Good reading all around.
4.0 out of 5 starsCurate's Trixie Eggs Short Story Collection.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on January 16, 2020
Most of these short stories are good,I enjoyed some more than others,as is inevitable in any Multi-Author Collection. Adds a LITTLE to the "CarreraVerse" as to what happened on Terra Nova before the Worlds turned. I had hoped that there would have been a Collection on the Wars between the Terra Nova States prior to the MAIN story line,but that it seems is unlikely. As ever,we must await the next episode in the Main story line as regards the change of status of the Tauran Union,etc.Can but hope the next and last[hopefully not!]volume will come out faster than the last one!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on November 20, 2019
Great introduction to the Carrera series, fleshing out the back story, hinted at in the Krattman books. The stories are well written and mesh well together. Damn good read TBH. Can't wait for the second in the series.
Kratman has assembled a great team for this collection. Terra Nova is the canvas on which the messy future of humanity is painted. All the vertues and vices of the powerful and powerless are on display. It's hard to tell which was the best but the first entry deserves an honourable mention. Modern policeing from what I've read in the media and have been told by recently retired officers is a mess of sensitivity training, insane levels of paperwork and identity politics. Shoehorn this concept of policeing on a multi-ethnic and national colony ship to the stars. Oh, and try not to cry as things inevitably unravel. I can't say I enjoyed it as it's only to possible given modern politics and international governance. The other stories cover the budding resistance to the UN's polocies. Lest a reader think some of the activities described are over the top read how UN peacekeepers treat locals where they operate. I'll be eager to read the next collection of stories in this setting.