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Carnifex (Carerra Series Book 2) [Kindle Edition]

Tom Kratman
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Patricio Carrera has been waging what amounts to a private world war to bring to justice the murderers of his family; He's raised an army and air force and used them. He's raised a fleet and he's about to use that. He's suborned one republic and is about to undermine another. He's tracked his enemies across half a world, breaking, in the process, any notion of international law that stood in his way.

Now he's deployed his legions to Pashtia, penultimate hideout of the Salafi Ikhwan who have made him what he has become. But with each step further from his home, revenge seems no closer. And with each step he leaves behind him a little of his dwindling humanity.

Revenge is a dish best served cold. Yet the trail itself grows cold, as cold as the snow-capped, windswept mountains of Pashtia. Only Carrera's hate still burns hot, and that's a fire that is slowly consuming him.

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Tom Kratman is author of A State of Disobedience (Baen). In 1974, at age seventeen, he became a political refugee and defector from the PRM (People's Republic of Massachusetts) by virtue of joining the Regular Army. He attended Boston College after his first hitch, then rejoined the Army until after the Gulf War, when he decided to become a lawyer. Every now and again, when the frustrations of legal life and having to deal with other lawyers got to be too much, Tom would rejoin the Army (or a somewhat similar group, say) for fun and frolic in other climes. His family, muttering darkly, still puts up with this. Tom is currently an attorney practicing in southwest Virginia.

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From Publishers Weekly

Kratman (A Desert Called Peace) raises some disquieting questions about what it might take to win the war on terror in this military SF novel set in a future world with obvious parallels to our own. When Salafi fanatics launch a 9/11-style attack on the hated Federated States of Columbia, they end up killing the family of Col. Patricio Carrera. Carrera vows to destroy Salafism by any means necessary and raises an army in his wife's native land to provide that means. He takes the fight to Pashtia, where the planners of his family's doom are cowering. This disturbing but insightful narrative takes Nietzsche's aphorism about staring into the abyss and runs with it to its grim conclusion. As always, Kratman delights in offending left-wing sensibilities, but this will only enhance its appeal to his target audience, who will enjoy it for its realistic action sequences, strong characterizations and thoughts on the philosophy of war. (Nov.)

About the Author

Tom Kratman, in 1974 at age seventeen, became a political refugee and defector from the PRM (People's Republic of Massachusetts) by virtue of joining the Regular Army. He stayed a Regular Army infantryman most of his adult life, returning to Massachusetts as an unofficial dissident while attending Boston College after his first hitch. Tom is currently an attorney practicing in southwest Virginia. Baen published his first novel, A State of Disobedience and two collaborations with John Ringo in the Posleen War series, Watch on the Rhine and Yellow Eyes.

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78 of 81 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Legion Carries On January 16, 2008
Carnifex (2007) is the second SF novel in the Carrera series, following A Desert Called Peace. In the previous volume, Patrick got another lesson about family vengeance. Then the FSC gave him responsibility for Pumbadeta and lent him FS troops to hold his old ZOR. First, the Legion took out the bridges and surrounded the city.

The Legion let out the sick and injured, pregnant and nursing, and small children, but everybody else was kept in the city to consume the food. After the dogs and cats and rats became scarce, the Legion let out the remaining women and children. At the request of a friendly imam, Carrera allowed the local populace to organize a revolt against the mujahadin and then the Legion el Cid took the city.

In this novel, Fadeel al Nisa is tortured onboard the Hildegard Mises after his capture at Pumbadeta, but he provides little information until his parents are brought aboard. While still holding some things back, Fadeel does perform a scripted interview for the TV cameras. The primary message is the foolishness of those who are blown to bits while taking out innocent bystanders.

Using one item of information from Fideel, a Legion assassination team takes out three Ikhwan chiefs and leaves calling cards implicating the Tauran press. Then an Ikhwan team takes out a Tauran News Network truck and everyone inside it. The press is now becoming disillusioned with the terrorist cause.

On the UEPF Spirit of Peace, Captain Wallenstein returns from Terra Nova with a distinct aversion to ever going back again to visit Mustafa ibn Mohamed ibn Salah min Sa'ana. She briefs High Admiral Robinson on the situation down below.
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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Carnifex by Tom Kratman January 17, 2008
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This book is a continuation of A Desert Called Peace, at least one more follow up is planned. This book takes Carrera to leading his mercenary troops, The Legion, to defeating the immediate enemies who destroyed his family. His allegiance is now only to the Legion and his adopted country. He carries out military operations which forces three times his size are unable to do. Making enemies and new allies as he does so. Of interest is also the blurbs which detail the Earth now under the governance of the United Nations, controlled by the transnationals (tranzis). An the UN's attempts to control the colony world. An excellent read and I highly recommend it.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Carnifex" is Latin for "Butcher" October 26, 2007
"Carnifex" is exactly the right title for this book. If you liked "A Desert Called Peace", you'll like this book. If you think that we're being too nice to the terrorists in Iraq, Afghanistan, etcetera, you'll like this book. If you agree that the Laws of War only protect those who ABIDE by the Laws of War, you'll like this book.

Neither "ADCP" nor "Carnifex" are for the weak of stomach. There's explosions, and fires, and bullets flying. As Arlo Guthrie said, there's "blood, 'n gore, 'n guts, 'n veins in muh teeth, 'n dead burnt bodies...". On the other hand, watching the bad guys get theirs is truly inspirational. I hope that there's another coming in the series. It's time to go back to Earth.

Baen's military SF isn't for everyone. It's very much an acquired taste. But then, so is Kimchee, or Habanero peppers.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Continuing Saga November 6, 2007
The sequel to "A Desert Called Peace", Carnifex dives into the increasingly open warfare between the United Earth and the Terra Novans. The Legion, formed by Patrick Carrera and allies in Balboa, continues the fight against the radical Islamics. The good guys experiment with a naval contingent, and take on both Salafi pirates and the shipping conglomerates supporting them.

Interestingly, Patrick Carrera, like Edmond Dantés, struggles mightily with the cost of seeking his revenge. The next generation of Carreras looms large as the Legion forges strong ties with the tribal societies of Pashtia to oppose the dominant Salafi mujahideen, as well as their supporters, the United Earth representatives and their allies the perfidious cosmopolitan progressives.

A great read for all military science fiction fans, Carnifex, like ADCP, explores the darker side of warfare against an unprincipled enemy.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Second Book For The Series... October 25, 2007
The second book in the Terra Nova series, "Carnifex" is the point in the story where most authors would have ended. With the chaos surrounding him, Patrick Carrera has managed to build the mercenary unit he founded to kill those that killed his family, the Legion Del Cid, into a real military. Every day, he gets closer to the man that ordered the attack that killed the ones he loved...the only question is if the quest for revenge will burn him out before he gets there.

Carnifex expands the universe that Kratman writes in, adding more details about how venal the government of United Earth is, showing how in some ways the United Earth has created it's own worst enemy, and politicians that are the very definition of "if this is the cure, give me the disease".

It's a good book, but one that must be read carefully, lest the reader look too deeply into how much he would love to see Osama Bin Laden hanging from a cross with ropes...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very good read and an excellent sequel
Very good read and an excellent sequel. Beware if you hold a liberal outlook as this book is not for you and will no doubt leave you gibbering in rage
Published 17 days ago by Doug Misson
4.0 out of 5 stars Blood, guts, guns and sex - it must be Tom Kratman again!
As other reviewers have mentioned, this is the second in a series chronicling the "Legio del Cid" from its foundation by its father and guiding spirit, Patrick... Read more
Published 21 days ago by Pastored27
4.0 out of 5 stars This is a fine follow-on in his series and bodes well for the ...
Mr Kratman has a hard-hitting style that combines true historical elements with a current influx of reality, saying things that many people think but few are willing to say out... Read more
Published 3 months ago by R. Ramirez
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Published 4 months ago by W. Marias
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good read, keeps your attention
Published 4 months ago by David R Goslee
5.0 out of 5 stars In it to win it.
Mr. Kratman covers it all. From the individual infantry private to the complex logistics that are part of a day to day working army. Up most respect for the main character.
Published 4 months ago by smallkatz
5.0 out of 5 stars Just keeps getting better
If you haven't been reading Mr. Kratman's books start now. This man knows how to think and to write about what he thinks. If only more people did.
Published 5 months ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Damn good read and tells the hard truths about war
Here's the total review for the whole series so far. Damn good read and tells the hard truths about war, counterinsurgency, and what it really takes to win as well as the fallacy... Read more
Published 5 months ago by David Orlebeke
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Published 5 months ago by Michael Wiglesworth
5.0 out of 5 stars Read it
Read the entires series and enjoyed them all.
Published 6 months ago by book guy
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