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Hero Mass Market Paperback – November, 1991

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The Metzadan Mercenary Corps' reputation hangs on a young man's fight to overcome his fear of battle while a guerilla war on the planet Neuva Terra tests the mettle of the galaxy's finest soldiers-for-hire. This sequel to Not For Glory ( LJ 3/15/88) exhibits Rosenberg's talent for fast-paced, readable military sf with a unique ethnic twist. For large libraries.
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: New Amer Library (Mm) (November 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451451198
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451451194
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.7 x 6.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,520,778 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Barnacle Bill on August 9, 2004
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I'm going by memory because I read this years ago. I was moved to write this because, looking for more in the series, I discovered that nobody had written a review of this one.

From the title of my review, you might gather that I think this is similar in style to David Drake's work. I do indeed - if you like Drake you'll like this. You could probably transplant the story wholesale to the "Hammers Slammers" universe.

The title character is a young man from a distinguished family on a world that makes its living by selling their services as mercenaries. Similar in principle to Dickenson's Dorsai, but with a twist - the Metsadans are essentially transplanted Isrealis, with the reputation of the IDF carrying over. BTW, I'm not Jewish, but as a student of military history I can say that the IDF is probably man-for-man very near if not at the top in military skill. The Metsadan Mercenary Corps is the IDF-in-space, and for a nominal fee they'll fight for you...

Our hero's problem is that he is a coward. The story finds him in his first contract, in service of an apparent Italian colony against some other ethnicity on the same planet (I forget who they were - it isn't very important to the story). He disgraces himself in his first action, but his influential relatives manage to avoid his being cashiered by assigning him to "advise"/command a unit of decidely non-elite locals. The story is about how he deals with the twin challenges of his own fear and his unenthusiastic subordinates.

Anyway, it stuck in my head enough that I not only remember it but was searching for a sequel - so if you like military science fiction of the "gritty" sort, I recommend it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By M. Blitz on November 19, 2004
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Your wish is granted. Rosenberg's _Not For Glory_ is the first (and so far, only other) book in this fantastic series. This, the second book, is actually the prequel.

If you're a fan of futuristic military campaigns, these two titles definitely need to be a part of your collection. Both books are about as realistic, believable, and character-driven as the genre ever gets.
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Format: Kindle Edition
This is one of a series about a barren world populated by Jewish refugees from Earth whose sole export is soldiers. A combat "virgin" freezes twice and, because his brothers and uncle are there and have influence, is then assigned to lead a forlorn hope to either redeem himself, or, more likely, die. A masterpiece, using shifting points of view effectively, with fully fleshed characters, well explained cultures, and brief but intense combat scenes. What's more, the coward is not really redeemed; he performs well, "faking" his role as a leader of men, but he is still a coward, so there is no happy ending. This is much more than a piece of genre fiction, it is a novel that can match itself with the best of literature. I can certainly compare it to "All Quiet On The Western Front" in setting out the futility of war and the havoc it wreaks on ordinary people turned soldier.
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By Mark C. Phinney on November 20, 2014
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The book embodies two interesting concepts: the Jews have been driven not only from Israel but from Earth by the Islamic empire (aka caliphate); and the protagonist, with an extended family of well known and highly regard military members and has just graduated from boot camp, sees himself as a coward ... even before he enters combat for the first time. The author lays the basis for a very interesting multi-volume future.
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By Stephen Stair on December 27, 2014
Format: Hardcover
I love this book. So much so, that I wish I could give it a sixth star. I'm not usually much for military sci-fi, but the protagonist in this book is so compelling, I couldn't put it down. Not even when I re-read it, which I've done many times.
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