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Fabulously Sized Mecha?
Reviewed in the United States on September 15, 2017
What sets the Four Horseman Series apart from other books that have Mecha, Aliens, Mercenaries, AI, Dog eat Dog universe, and Might makes Right is realism. How many books have you read about the heroic Humans go against the galactic hordes in their super duper Mecha and defeat them, and never talk about the little things. Such as what happens if your a bit overweight, OK obese, and you need to fit into a Mecha? In real life, Fight Pilots in the Navy have height and weight requirements. If you are not within them, and need to use the ejector seat for example, you might break your neck. Same thing with roller coast limits. It's refreshing to have a book address real world issues for Mecha, such as being over weight. In this universe, some mercenaries use the Series 7, vs. the newer 8, because of the size issue. Famously Sized is the term one retailer just started using for Plus Sized Clothes.
One of my favorite scenes from a previous book, Winged Hussars, is when the hero enters a Mecha that has not been customized for his size due to an emergency, and gets pinched on his private parts. I have never read another series that is realistic with Mecha, in a way that adds to the story. It's not an infodump, which Mr. Weber who did the forward and is an amazing author is famous for, but rather adds in a positive way to the story.
The Tech Manual for the series is A+. I have read all the books, and its refreshing how the universe stays pretty consistent and authors are not allowed to do crazy stuff that ruins the universe. There are limitations and rules in the universe, which makes it realistic. There is no FTL, Anti Matter bombs, transporters that work between star systems, moon sized spaceships, etc.
Do you need to read any of the other 6 books first? No. This one is a good stand alone read. The stories in a Few Credit More flesh out more of the 4 Horseman Universe, so if you have read the other books this is a great addition.
Is there anything I would improve? Glossary of Aliens at the back, I get confused beyond on the characteristics beyond the Tortantulas (think 1950 era sized spider monsters, with armor and weapons), Flatars (coolest aliens in the series), and Minsha (had issues with Iran).