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Battletech 16: Bred for War (Bk. 16) Mass Market Paperback – January 1, 1995


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Product Details

  • Series: Battletech
  • Mass Market Paperback: 378 pages
  • Publisher: Roc (January 1, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451453794
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451453792
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 4.2 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #467,276 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Michael A. Stackpole is the New York Times bestselling author of over 40 novels, including I, Jedi and Rogue Squadron. He's won awards in the realms of podcasting, game designer, computer game design, screenwriting, editing, graphic novel writing and novel writing. He lives in Arizona and frequently travels the United States attending conventions and teaching writing workshops. His website is www.stormwolf.com

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Zachary Zelmar on January 24, 2005
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I give Bred For War three stars for being a top-tier novel of the occasionally entertaining Battletech series.

Stackpole squeezes an incredible amount of content into 378 pages. He advances stories and characters at an amazing pace. I could select several other Battletech books that, combined, contribute less to the Battletech story arc than Bred For War does alone. Even casual conversations between civilians cover interstellar war news and detailed theories about Melissa Steiner's death. When characters discuss a leader, they will include his childhood history and the history of his ancestors two generations back. Nearly every major political group has an active role in this book.

Stackpole has a very clear, straightforward writing style. He communicates quickly and efficiently; he does not use flowery language. On a style spectrum with deadpan Tom Clancy on one end and poetic Shakespeare on the other, Stackpole lies close to Clancy. You will find no descriptions of the clouds, or the flowers in bloom, or unbridled love between lonely souls. Feelings are not explicitly stated, but rather inferred through actions.

Stackpole includes a huge number of characters, tied together through a web of feudal oaths, treaties, and ancient hatreds. Through covert operations, frame-ups, betrayals, and lies, human civilization is pulled into an all-out war. Stackpole handles the story threads well considering the breadth of the story. However, many scenes last barely two pages before shifting attention across the galaxy. I think Stackpole found himself rushed to wrap things up.

Victor Davion has inherited a realm that his father Hanse recently enlarged.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 23, 1998
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Michael A. Stackpole continues his tremendous success in the BATTLETECH universe with this exciting and intelligent novel. This time the story centers on the impending death of Joshua Marik and the steps that Prince Victor Steiner-Davion of the Federated Commonwealth is willing to take in order to avoid a war that threatens to tear the Inner Sphere apart. Combine this with the continuation of the battle between the Crusader and Warden factions within the Clans, and the result is a crackerjack novel combining spectacular action sequences and an abundance of political intrigue.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By kallan on February 19, 2004
Format: Mass Market Paperback
It's always amusing to see Michael A. Stackpole portray Victor Steiner-Davion as the greatest man in the universe despite his general incomptence, twisted morality and lack of likeability. Thankfully Victor rarely appears in this book.
"Bred for War" has many different storylines, all competently handled, that advance the general history of the Inner Sphere in 3057. Don't even think about reading this book if you're not familiar with the BattleTech setting. We have the resurgence of the Capellan Confederation and the Free Worlds League, the Refusal War between Clan Wolf and Clan Jade Falcon, and the widespread turmoil caused by the afore-mentioned Victor's stupid choices. There's a well-balanced mix of action and intrigue, none of it particularly gripping - but like I said, this is standard, competent Stackpole. You don't expect the Earth and you don't get it, either.
The stand-out is the storyline involving the planet Zurich and Noble Thayer, a writer looking for a quiet hideaway who turns out to be much more than he seems when a revolution sweeps through. This would have been worth a book on its own.
One final point. When is Stackpole going to learn something - anything - about women's clothes?
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jameson R. Triplett on January 23, 1998
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Going through the Clan civil war, this is probably the best of the battletech series. If you've played Mechwarrior 2 this is a book that is a "must read." Good hunting
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