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I read this book when I was in grade school It was my introduction to David Drake and his brand of military science fiction I saw an ad for the book in a vintage copy of Analog magazine and decided to re read it for old times sake.The heroes of this story are the soldiers of a nameless mercenary company hired to stiffen the spines of a local unit fighting a civil war on the planet Cecach Their side is losing, and the soon to be victors are religious extremists After the collapse of the fron I read this book when I was in grade school It was my introduction to David Drake and his brand of military science fiction I saw an ad for the book in a vintage copy of Analog magazine and decided to re read it for old times sake.The heroes of this story are the soldiers of a nameless mercenary company hired to stiffen the spines of a local unit fighting a civil war on the planet Cecach Their side is losing, and the soon to be victors are religious extremists After the collapse of the front and the capitulation of their allies, the mercs have to fight their way out in order to escape.I loved this book when I was a child, but I don t think I understood it as well then I m trying to figure out if one of the main characters is meant to reinforce an ugly stereotype or if it just comes across that way Great readGreat story about a unit in the pot and the Lt who led them out of it Warfare on a personal level. Classic early Drake military SF Less tied to a specific historical event or setting than much of his later work it really doesn t seem to fit the model of the 10,000 to me Has some similarities to the Hammerverse, but the tech is different enough to make it fairly certain it s a different timeline. If you like science fiction with a lot of action, you can t go wrong with David Drake I ve read several of his books and enjoyed them all He is very good at depicting alien cultures and technology without getting bogged down in unnecessary details. A well done little book I think it is based on the Czech Legions attached to the Imperial Russian Army during World War One The newly installed Communist government in 1917 concluded a separate peace with Germany the Czech Legion, who were initially promised safe passage out of Russian territory were attacked by the Bolshevik Red Army in a effort to destroy this Czech military unit What is a relatively small group of Czech mercenaries to do Why capture the Trans Siberian Railway and fight y A well done little book I think it is based on the Czech Legions attached to the Imperial Russian Army during World War One The newly installed Communist government in 1917 concluded a separate peace with Germany the Czech Legion, who were initially promised safe passage out of Russian territory were attacked by the Bolshevik Red Army in a effort to destroy this Czech military unit What is a relatively small group of Czech mercenaries to do Why capture the Trans Siberian Railway and fight your way across Russia to Vladivostok in Siberia In this SF book militant, humorless neo Protestant Republicans are crushing the inept and vaguely corrupt Federals the space mercenaries, who speak Czech, are especially despised by the Rubes Let the fighting begin To be honest, I can t really explain why I love this book so much I don t know, like the rest of David Drake s military sci fi books it s a solid piece of fiction There s mercenaries, there s fighting and killing, there s a group of mercenaries being burned as some nationals make a behind the scenes deal that involves them betraying the mercenaries for the greater good of their people There s also a suicide trek across a beleaguered planet so they can somehow escape to safety.There s also s To be honest, I can t really explain why I love this book so much I don t know, like the rest of David Drake s military sci fi books it s a solid piece of fiction There s mercenaries, there s fighting and killing, there s a group of mercenaries being burned as some nationals make a behind the scenes deal that involves them betraying the mercenaries for the greater good of their people There s also a suicide trek across a beleaguered planet so they can somehow escape to safety.There s also some incredibly interesting characters that I simply couldn t help liking After reading this book, I was left wishing that this could be the start of another mercenary book series I mean, sure, he s already got Hammer s Slammers, but I firmly believe the world always needs onemilitary sci fi mercenary series Why Because that would be cool Super cool, even .EBOOK ♷ The Forlorn Hope ⚕ They had fought long and hard, and damn near won in spite of everything But now the men who hired them are going to sell them to the enemyand so begins a novel of adventure in which a band of Star Mecenaries is driven across the face of a planet by enemies bent on their distruction With only the guns in their hands, this tiny band must battle ships, artillery, treachery, and the most powerful tank in the universe This came thru the FOPAL sale and I decided to read it before I sent it off to the Bargain Room after not selling Good Drake war story, which is good indeed Not as over complicated as some of his fantasy plots, and not as caught up in the future military tech as Slammers sometimes did Didn t really see much of Xenophon in it tho certainly the same theme of a mercenary crew trying to fight out of a bad situation. When I first read David Drake, my impression was that he wrote good action, but that there was so much of it that there was no room for variety This book reinforces my assessment of non stop action, but the characters and strategies show plenty of variety Drake is excellent at portraying deeply flawed but still sympathetic characters, though I think he avoids shades of gray in his bad guys. OK military SF, about a company of mercenaries left high and dry by their employers I had trouble keeping track of the names characters, since the author kept switching among POVs, but it wasn t a major problem.