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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Roc (December 3, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451459059
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451459053
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 4.2 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,023,575 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

Customer Reviews

Characters are interesting and well developed, and the story and pacing are superb.
D. P.P
I just finished reading the first of the Halo books which was also great and was waiting for the others to come and started reading this.
Peter Keller
I don't want to say too much in case I give anything away so just read it and find out.

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By DHONDT Ann (my wife) on January 14, 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
For those who've read a lot of books by Michael Stackpole, they will be pleased to see him go back to a first person narrative and a brash, active, go-for-it type of hero (easily compaired to Wolfgang Kies). For those who've read tons of Battletech-novels, this one might seem very different from Stackpole's other books in the series. There are hints of the larger picture in this universe, the so-called center-thread Stackpole used to "own" before ... but the events are not of the same magnitude: the plot is about single planets (perhaps indicative of the communications problems that define this new era) instead of star-spanning realms or even the whole Inner Sphere. Then again, as it was probably intended, it is a good jumping-on point for new readers (new players of the new game) with only minimal referals to all that happened a century before.
My only real "beef" with the book, is that 95 % of the story could just as easily have been set in another story- or game-universe (heck, it would've been a good Wolf & Raven story) ... with only a few Mech-battles thrown in.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By D. Konig on November 23, 2002
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Oh how death does walk again... Stackpole's maiden novel in the new Mechwarrior Dark Age Era is, in my honest opinion, the fourth best book in the entire Battletech/Mechwarrior series (the first three being the Blood of Kerensky Trilogy, also by him). Although written in the first person, a new point of view for the series, Sam Lubin is compelling as a mech jockey for hire w/ a penchalant for bad luck and the narrator of the story... his story. The character of Mason Dunne provides an anti-Sam, and Janella Lakewood rounds out the compilation with both a strong authority, and a soft tenderness only a Knight-Errant could provide. The opposition of course is not only portrayed as ruthless, cunning, and abominable... but also beautiful and attractive in this time of crisis. Their true identity is of course part of the guessing game that draws you into the book. The energy Stackpole spends here is not wasted... he does not give Lubin the invincible Victor trait he has been highly criticized for. In fact, it literally looks as if Victor is on his last legs... but his legacy is already present to carry on for him. While much has been revealed, there is still much to be revealed but this is as good a start as anyone could ask for. This is a book for everyone... for old CBTers this is a good way to look at the new era... for new MWDAers this is a bold entry into their new world... and for people who just like a good story with intrigue this is the book for you... or someone you like.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Doc VINE VOICE on December 10, 2002
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Welcome to the Dark Age, courtesy of Michael Stackpole. After a leap of several decades into the future from the last Battletech novel, things have changed far more, perhaps, than during the entire succession wars period. Nearly all the familiar characters from the past are dead, leaving only a very limited tie to the past; in fact there is really only one returning character from the old days.
Humanity is still fractured with regards to any single galactic government, but there has been an inroad to peace, if only in a limited region of space. Unfortunately, though this new principality has been around for a while, it is not so secure as its residents might hope. The initiation of the Dark Age concept actually occurs several months before the book begins, with the centuries-old, high-speed interstellar communications network being sabotaged by unknown conspirators. This has forced all the interdependent worlds to begin fending for themselves for the first time in a long time. The results are frightening, with power being seized by very unsavory individuals.
Writing in the first person, a first for any of the Battletech/Mechwarrior series, Stackpole shows the same brilliant prose and excellent action and intrigue that his readers have come to expect from him. While the game line might not appeal to all the old fans, I think that the new storyline will. Except for a few re-drawn political lines, the universe is still recognizable. And for new readers to the game universe, Stackpole does a good job in bringing the reader up to speed on the past 60+ years of the Inner Sphere. I highly recommend this book.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By J. Chovan on December 4, 2002
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I was very pleased to see that Michael Stackpole was returning to the Battletech universe. His previous novels were central to the old storyline, and I'm sure he will continue in this new age of 'Mech combat. This novel is written in the first person, which is a welcome change, and it seems that Mr. Stackpole enjoyed playing with the character of Sam Donnely. Having read many of Mr. Stackpole's other novels, I found it quite entertaining to see some scenes and ideas from his fantasy novels (i.e. Talion: Revenant). The story introduces the reader to the new Inner Sphere; The Republic, after several generations of peace, is now coming apart at the seams. Sam Donelly finds himself in the middle of this unrest and must use all of his considerable skills to ensure the innocent are not harmed. While the Mech action found in the old Battletech series is not as evident in this novel, the foundation is laid for the general conflagaration that will soon (it seems) envelop the Republic of the Sphere. I thoroughly enjoyed this novel. It was well-written and the "overly intellectual" musings of Sam are quite humorous. Of course, it was good to see Victor Davion make a cameo and soothe those who thought that everything from the old Battletech universe was stripped away. Can't wait for the next novel.
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