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Winged Hussars (Revelations Cycle) Audio CD – Unabridged, March 1, 2021
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Michael Hinton is an actor of stage and screen as well as a voice-over artist, puppeteer, and writer. Classically trained, Michael has performed in New York, the UK, and regionally throughout New England. He holds a master's degree in professional acting from the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School in Bristol, England.
- ASIN : B08Z5LSXXX
- Publisher : Tantor Audio; Unabridged edition (March 1, 2021)
- Language : English
- ISBN-13 : 979-8200455218
- Dimensions : 5.2 x 5.7 inches
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Winged Hussars gives a different perspective of the Four Horsemen Universe. There is lots of action, some mystery, cliffhangers and a huge desire to find out who the real enemy is. I think the pace, action, writing style are in line with anything Robert Heinlein or Jerry Pournelle have written for the genre. I have also checked out Mark Wandrey's website and immediately purchased one of his other novels. If you want more of the Four Horsemen, by all means buy the other novels and the anthology. They are wall well worth the money.
This reminded me a lot of the first book. (it should, as they have the same author, book 2 was someone else's work.).
I can't point out a single major complaint. I think my only real problem was that this was such an adrenaline filled plot that it tired me out just reading. The story never paused and reflects on itself or allowed the characters to grow outside of all the conflict.
There is a lot to like here, so I give it 4 stars.
Mark Wandry has created a compelling story with interesting characters: The Captain of the ship and the Space Marine who just joined the unit. This wildly divergent view point allows the reader to get a sense of the sweeping space battles, then the In-your-face action killing aliens and defending the ship. Totally worth the time!
This books the plot thickens as yet another one of the legendary 4 horsemen are under attack on all platforms, and hot damn, what a exhilarating read this was. Brilliantly written with again little as mounts of teasers to let know this series is getting ready to launch everything you you've come to like OUT OF THIS UNIVERSE.
The action is on point.
The drama that pulls you into each character is fantastic. Alex has made the ranks of a favorite character, cannot wait for more of her to show up in the future.
Mark Wandrey has hit his stride as an author of classic military science fiction. His newest novel, Winged Hussars is one of the best reads I’ve had this year.
The universe he and fellow author, Chris Kennedy have created is well-rounded and far-reaching. They have created characters that have the reader wanting more. This was definitely the case in Winged Hussars. Throughout the novel, Wandrey had me wondering about characters, watching their development with interest, and in a few cases, sitting back in my chair and breathing out.
The book is non-stop action from the first page and the pacing is what you would expect from someone that has been writing for as long as Wandrey.
I’m looking forward to the final installment by Kennedy in a few weeks with, The Golden Horde. And from what I’ve been given to understand there will be much more of the The Four Horsemen…to which I heartily say, “Ooorah.” (Or Hoowah, Hoorah, Huzzah…or whatever exclamation of celebration you care to use.)
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The first is that I found the characterisation of the heroine – one Alexis Cromwell, the commander of the Winged Hussars – as being well-rounded, with perhaps more depth than the two previous Commanders readers may have come across when reading Cartwright’s Cavaliers and Asbaran Solutions. Apart from my somewhat being subjective, this is also partly due to the two previous titles which have introduced readers to the Four Horsemen Universe, to the Galactic Union and also to a glimpse of Alexis Cromwell, as she helps out the young and unexperienced Jim Cartwright. Also present in this title is Rick Culper – Jim’s boyhood friend in Cartwright’s Cavaliers – and his debuts as a mercenary marine specialised in boarding actions and defending ships from boarding.
A second feature that has grown over time but was already present in previous titles are the various alien species. This is because the Winged Hussars, in addition to being the richest and the most numerous of all of the Four Horsemen mercenary companies, is also the one that relies the most on aliens, with these making up about half the numbers. You therefore get to know more about quite a few species, including MinSha or Bakulu, to name just a couple, and massive ursoïds that make excellent heavy weapon specialists. My overall favourite in this book is one Oort, a massive and relentless female Tortantula (a giant and heavily armed and armour spider) which, unlike the savage and utterly ruthless who enjoin challenges and slaughter, and always fight to the finish, develops a conscience and indulges in philosophy.
A third feature is about this mercenary company’s specialty, which are space warships. You therefore get treated to a whole collection of ship-to-ship engagements, boarding actions and a couple of major space battles, something that is of course quite original in the series since the two previous volumes were more about ground and/or space to ground assault forces. These clashes are all told in a vivid, exiting and gripping way, showing the tactical and strategic mastery and superiority of Alexis Cromwell.
A further feature is that you get some glimpses of the Commander’s past, of her daring twin sister, and, towards the end, an explanation for her somewhat morose and at times strange behaviours, in particular. One limitation here is that this is just about it. There is precious little about their mother although there is a bit about the origins of the company, and about the historical reference that underpins its name.
Five stars for the longest (and, for me at least, the best) of the series so far.
Forget all your high tech gravity defying technology, everything in this series is as basic as it comes and that only adds to it. Throw in a bunch of kick ass mercenaries and aliens that you cant help but dislike and you get the complete package.
Looking forward to more from these two guys.