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Empire of Man (March Upcountry combo volumes Book 1) (English Edition) [Format Kindle]

David Weber , John Ringo

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New York Times best-selling series - Omnibus - March Upcountry and March to the Sea, Books 1 and 2 in the Empire of Man Series.

Roger Ramius MacClintock was young, handsome, athletic, an excellent dresser, and third in line for the Throne of Man. It probably wasn't too surprising that someone in his position should react by becoming spoiled, self‑centered, and petulant. After all, what else did he have to do with his life? Then warships of the Empire of Man's worst rivals shoot his crippled vessel out of space and Roger is shipwrecked on the planet Marduk, whose jungles are full of deadly predators and barbarian hordes with really bad dispositions. Now all Roger has to do is hike halfway around the entire planet, then capture a spaceport from the Bad Guys, somehow commandeer a starship, and then go home to Mother for explanations. Fortunately, Roger has an ace in the hole: Bravo Company of Bronze Battalion of The Empress' Own Regiment. If anyone can get him off Marduk alive, it's the Bronze Barbarians.

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About The Empire of Man Series:

“Will fascinate sophisticated readers (the manual of arms for a fourarmed, 10 foot soldier is a thing of beauty) . . . [and] grip straightforward action lovers.” —Publishers Weekly

“Coauthors Weber and Ringo excel in depicting the lives and times of soldiers both on and off the battlefield.” —Library Journal.

With over seven million copies of his books in print and seventeen titles on the New York Times bestseller list, David Weber is the science fiction publishing phenomenon of the new millennium. In the hugely popular Honor Harrington series, the spirit of C.S. Forester’s Horatio Hornblower and Patrick O’Brian’s Master and Commander lives on—into the galactic future. Books in the Honor Harrington and Honoverse series have appeared on fourteen best seller lists, including those of The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and USA Today. While Weber is best known for his spirited, modern minded space operas, he is also the creator of the Oath of Swords fantasy series and the Dahak saga, a science fiction and fantasy hybrid. Weber is has also engaged in a steady stream of bestselling collaborations including his Starfire Series with Steve White, which produced the New York Times bestseller The Shiva Option among others. Weber’s collaboration with alternate history master Eric Flint led to the bestselling 1634: The Baltic War, and his planetary adventure novels with military science fiction ace and multiple national best seller John Ringo includes the blockbusters March to the Stars and We Few. Finally, Weber’s teaming with Linda Evans produced the bestselling Multiverse series. David Weber makes his home in South Carolina with his wife and children.

John Ringo brings fighting to life. He is the creator of the Posleen Wars series, which has become a New York Times best selling series with over one million copies in print. The series contains A Hymn Before Battle, Gust Front, When the Devil Dances, Hell’s Faire and Eye of the Storm. In addition, Ringo has penned the Council War series: There Will be Dragons, Emerald Sea, Against the Tide, and East of the Sun, West of the Moon. Adding another dimension to his skills, Ringo created nationally best selling techno thriller novels about Mike Harmon (Ghost, Kildar, Choosers of the Slain, Unto the Breach, A Deeper Blue, and, with Ryan Sear, Tiger by the Tail). His techno thriller The Last Centurion was also a national bestseller. A more playful twist on the future is found in novels of the Looking Glass series.

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With over seven million copies of his books in print and seventeen titles on the New York Times bestseller list, David Weber is the science fiction publishing phenomenon of the new millennium. In the hugely-popular Honor Harrington series, the spirit of C.S. Forester’s Horatio Hornblower and Patrick O’Brian’s Master and Commander lives on—into the galactic future. Books in the Honor Harrington and Honoverse series have appeared on fourteen best seller lists, including those of The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and USA Today. While Weber is best known for his spirited, modern-minded space operas, he is also the creator of the Oath of Swords fantasy series and the Dahak saga, a science fiction and fantasy hybrid. Weber is has also engaged in a steady stream of bestselling collaborations including his Starfire Series with Steve White, which produced the New York Times bestseller The Shiva Option among others. Weber’s collaboration with alternate history master Eric Flint led to the bestselling 1634: The Baltic War, and his planetary adventure novels with military science fiction ace and multiple national best-seller John Ringo includes the blockbusters March to the Stars and We Few. Finally, Weber’s teaming with Linda Evans produced the bestselling Multiverse series. David Weber makes his home in South Carolina with his wife and children.

John Ringo brings fighting to life. He is the creator of the Posleen Wars series, which has become a New York Timesbest-selling series with over one million copies in print. The series contains A Hymn Before Battle, Gust Front, When the Devil Dances, Hell’s Faire and Eye of the Storm. In addition, Ringo has penned the Council War series: There Will be Dragons, Emerald Sea, Against the Tide, and East of the Sun, West of the Moon. Adding another dimension to his skills, Ringo created nationally best-selling techno-thriller novels about Mike Harmon (Ghost,Kildar, Choosers of the Slain, Unto the Breach, A Deeper Blue, and, with Ryan Sear, Tiger by the Tail). His techno-thriller The Last Centurion was also a national bestseller. A more playful twist on the future is found in novels of the Looking-Glass series: Into the Looking Glass, Vorpal Blade,Manxome Foe and Claws That Catch, the last three in collaboration with Travis S. Taylor. His audience was further enhanced with four collaborations with fellow New York Times best-selling author David Weber: March Upcountry, March to the Sea, March to the Starsand We Few. There are an additional five collaborative spinoffs from the Posleen series: The Hero, written with Michael Z. Williamson, Watch on the Rhine, Yellow Eyes and The Tuloriad, all written with Tom Kratman, and the New York Times best seller Cally’s War and its sequels Sister Time and Honor of the Clan, both with Julie Cochrane. In addition, Ringo’s Princess of Wands and Queen of Wands broke new ground in contemporary fantasy adventure. And his science-based zombie apocalypse Black Tide Rising series includes Under a Graveyard Sky, and To Sail a Darkling Sea. A veteran of the 82nd Airborne, Ringo brings first-hand knowledge of military operations to his fiction.

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Amazon.com: 4.7 étoiles sur 5  77 commentaires
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 REPRINT ALERT! - But GREAT reads! 7 février 2014
Par John Patin - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle
I have these great reads in the original hardcover issues and felt compelled to warn buyers who might be too quick on their mouse buttons that the two complete novels in this volume are REPRINTS of the first two books in this excellent series. Too many times I have seen people come back and give low star comments to such reprints because they hit 'buy' too quickly before understanding that this was not a new story in a series they had already enjoyed. So, just a heads up. If you have them already, this IS a great way to get them on your Kindle economically. If you are new to the Empire of Man series, then buy this one and enjoy some GREAT SF reading. Be warned, however. There is more and your money will not be safe because once you have read these, you WILL be buying the rest!
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Part One 4 février 2014
Par Arthur W. Jordin - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Broché
Empire of Man (2014) is the first SF omnibus in the Empire of Man series. This volume contains March Upcountry and March to the Sea.

March Upcountry (2001) is the first novel in this series. In several ways this series resembles C. S. Forester's Flying Colours, a tale of fighting men stranded on foreign soil who are trying to evade the enemy and capture transportation home.

Prince Roger, the Empress of Man's third son, is making a goodwill tour to Leviathan aboard the assault transport Charles DeGlopper. Unfortunately, the transport is sabotaged and has to land on Murduk, the closest suitable planet with a spaceport. The Imperials discover, however, that it has been occupied by the enemy and two enemy cruisers are in orbit.

Roger and his marine bodyguards cram into four assualt shuttles with as much materiel as they can carry and set course for the planet while the navy takes on the cruisers. The DeGlopper manages to kill one cruiser and lures the other to close range, then self-destructs, taking that cruiser with it. The shuttles land without being detected.

Now they only have to travel thousands of kilometers across the continent to a seaport, take ship to an island, and then assault the spaceport, hopefully capturing a ship without being detected. Moreover, the planet is inhabited by rather bellicose sentients, so they will likely have to fight their way to the coast.

As they march out from the landing site, Roger kills a large, scaly herbivore after Captain Pahner calls hold fire and gets reamed out by the Captain. Shortly thereafter, Cord, a native, shows up to meet the person who killed the flar beast that was chasing him. When told that Roger had done it, Cord declares that he owes a life debt to Roger and is now his slave. After bivouacing among vampires and marching through a jungle filled with their flesh dissolving larva, the surviving marines reach Cord's village and are made welcome.

Cord's tribe, The People, have a problem with the local city-state, Q'Nkok; the city folk are stealing their wood and giving them inferior trade goods. They could attack the city, but would then be vulnerable to other tribes. The marines accompany them to the city, where Roger meets the King of Q'Nkok and explains the problems.

Since the King seems to be friendly, the marines bug the various noble Houses and discover that three of them have conspired to stir up the villagers, creating confusion so they can overthrow the king. The marines help the King to thwart the plot and in return receive supplies and support for their journey.

March to the Sea (2001) is the second novel in this series. Bravo Company, Bronze Battalion, of the Empress' Own Regiment, has been stranded on Marduk with His Highness, Prince Roger. Guarding Roger has always been an interesting experience, but protecting him from tens of thousands of Kranolta barbarians, ambitious Radj Hoomas of Marshad, and other Mardukan delights has brought bodyguarding to a new high (or depth).

Now the marines, with their auxiliaries, are concentrating on getting to the seacoast. They are making good time and enjoying peaceful relations with the natives, for a change, except for a few short-lived bandits. But then the weather changes.

The marines love the cold weather -- well, Sergeant Julian does -- but the natives, with the exception of Cord, cannot handle the dryness that come with the cold. So the marines are forced to buy the flar-ta and let the drovers return to their homes. The drovers are willing to sell just as long as Poertena isn't negotiating for the marines.

Poertena learns, however, that while he may be better than the Prince at negotiating with the natives, the Prince is better at the game of spades. On the other side of the mountains, they run into a herd of flar-ke and Roger is proven right about their aggressiveness; the marines win the fight, but with high casualties. By the way, flar-ke taste a lot like chicken.

Shortly thereafter, the surviving marines reach Ran Tai, a city surrounding a lake within a bowl-shaped valley in the mountains. Ran Tai is a rich town, trading in the spice from nearpeppers raised in the valley and also in gold, silver and iron as well as some alluvial gemstones. However, it has a problem with barbarian hordes migrating from the north.

Not only a problem in themselves, the hordes have been driving local tribes off their ranges. After bloodlessly defeating one such tribe, the marines hire them as caravan guards in their trek to Diastra. Unfortunately, Diastra is under siege by the barbarians and the entire area all the way to the sea has been overrun. Apparently the marines will have to fight the rest of their way to the sea.

This series is a high adventure tale somewhat like the story of The Ten Thousand, but with a company-size unit using high-tech weapons. It is also very much like Rider Haggard's tales of forays into unknown lands. Moveover, it is a coming of age story.

Roger begins this journey as a somewhat spoiled and naive nobleman whom his mother doesn't fully trust. Each new situation provides Roger with more insight into his strengths and weakness and allows him to grow as a man, a leader, and a lover. The romance between Roger and Sergeant Despreaux is surely destinied to grow.

This cover is more like the story. The original novels had mirrored camosuits on the dust jackets. Have you noticed how often the cover illustrations don't quite match the story!

There are two more novels in this series. The next installment in this omnibus sequence is Throne of Stars.

Recommended for Weber and Ringo fans and anyone else who enjoys tales of armed combat, exotic cultures, political intrigue and a touch of romance. Read and enjoy!

-Arthur W. Jordin
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Ringo and Weber at their Best 23 février 2014
Par TeamJJ - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
This is a combo book of the first two Prince Roger books and an excellent intro to the good Prince. A good space opera yarn with space battles, ship crashes, and bold marches around half a planet that is mostly jungle and all hostile. Good read and its especially good to find Ringo on Kindle. After reading these two, I bought the other two and will start them when I wrap up these two. I'm about 80% done with the whole book now.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 As good as military SF gets 13 février 2014
Par Keith Cockrell - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle
I read these books years ago and was delighted to come across an ebook combo. They are so good I actually enjoyed them more this time. Both of these writers can write and work really well together. Hopefully Baen will put a companion with the other two books. Heck, maybe renewed interest will get the duo of to write a fifth one.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 super Prince Roger military science fiction tales 4 février 2014
Par Harriet Klausner - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Broché
Empire of Man
David Weber and John Ringo
Baen, Feb 4 2014, $14.00
ISBN: 9781476736242

"March Upcountry." The Empress of Man Alexandra VII sends her spoiled youngest son Prince Roger MacClintock to waive the flag at the planet Leviathan's Net-Hauling event. Roger protests about having to visit a backwater orb that smells for light years around, but does his duty. On the trek through space, terrorists disable Roger's ship forcing an emergency landing on the dangerous planet Marduk that makes Leviathan look like the center of civilization. Accompanied by Royal Marines, Roger needs to grow up rather quickly if he is to survive the hostile planet whose low-tech natives prove as deadly as any species in the universe.

"March to the Sea." With many of the elite soldiers already dead and more expected to follow while still stranded on the hostile planet Marduk, Prince Roger and his remaining protective Royal Marines desperately march to the sea where their only hope of rescue lies. To reach their goal, the outsiders must trek through dangerous terrain filled with deadly unknown species while also avoiding the feral Boman. However, the endangered humans have native allies like exiled Mardukan Prince Raster and General Kar assisting their hellish journey while also finding some surprising higher than swamp-level technology in the cities of Diaspra and K'Vaern's Cove.

This reprint of the first two Prince Roger military science fiction tales contains plenty of action on a fascinating "backwater" world. "March Upcountry" is a delightful coming of age saga as Roger transitions from spoiled royal to responsible team member. "March to the Sea" is a fast-paced survivor thriller, which looks deeply at a superpower struggling out of its element while allied with a backwater contingent against a native bloody horde.

Harriet Klausner
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