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Northworld Trilogy Mass Market Paperback – March 1, 1999
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From the Back Cover
Commissioner Hansen had a mind that saw the shortest path to each task's completion and a ruthless determination to do what the task required. The cost -- to himself and whoever happened to be in the way -- didn't matter. Hanson's Special Units had kept his planet safe from the most sophisticated and violent criminals in the galaxy. Now Hansen was being sent to penetrate a spacetime enigma which had made gods or demons of the first humans to discover it. He would succeed or die.
Northworld: a place of slashing violence and mystic transformation
Northworld: a place of treachery and dazzling beauty
Northworld: a place of honor, of faith, and of love.
Hansen's iron will and strong arm confront godlike power and godlike cunning while a galaxy trembles for the outcome. And if Hansen dies -- he will not die alone!
More About the Author
Dave returned to become Chapel Hill's Assistant Town Attorney and to try to put his life back together through fiction making sense of his Army experiences.
Dave describes war from where he saw it: the loader's hatch of a tank in Cambodia. His military experience, combined with his formal education in history and Latin, has made him one of the foremost writers of realistic action SF and fantasy. His bestselling Hammer's Slammers series is credited with creating the genre of modern Military SF. He often wishes he had a less interesting background.
Dave lives with his family in rural North Carolina.
Top Customer Reviews
David Drake's best stories create characters and environments (such as soldiers in a theater of combat) which seem straightforward but are actually quite alien to those of us who live in modern, civilian settings.
Northworld transports a character from a futuristic civilization into a barbaric, violent world, where life is short and (for the majority) unpleasent.
A lot of authors spend page after page describing rustic sunsets and muddy roads and leave me feeling like they're imagining everything happening in a 'holodeck' with low-tech scenery but modern behavior and motives.
David Drake tells this story through his characters' actions rather then through extensive description or tortured internal monologues, and Northworld takes us with the main character to an alien world based loosely on Drake's intepretation of Norse Eddas.
I love it, and keep my copy around for re-reading, but it is a story that I have to be in the mood for due to its grim environment.
Nils Hansen is a tough, brutal man but no more so than is necessary to get the job done; and as in all of Drake's so-called military science fiction (which category does his work a descriptive disservice) here is a series hero who, like most people who work at 'the sharp end', understands all too well that - Nietzsche to the contrary - that which does not kill us does not make us stronger; it usually leaves us crippled in mind or in body and wired and plumbed with tubes and monitors and pain snaking around under the sheets.
As Drake himself has said (and I have poorly paraphrased); if you choose to deploy men of violence then you owe it to them, yourself and the rest of society to not be ashamed, surprised or ignorant of the results. Not that Drake uses his books to expound philosophy; this is an excellent read on many levels.
Drake tells strong stories strongly. And in a field where all too many authors over-indulge in the presentation of motivations and personal psychology to the detriment of action and passion, Drake is an outstanding craftsman of damn good books.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Kept me interested the whole time. Nice to be able to read a complete series without having to download more than one book.Published 4 days ago by Jay Halsey
This book is a tale of days gone by from the warrior's point with some interesting side stories and peoplePublished 25 days ago by Duane Hagen
I never finished this book I was so lost I even tried reading it another time and still could not figure out what was going on the authentic jumped around too much to all the... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Virginia
This is many sided group of fighting stories best told by old men to young boys. It has all the right stuff to keep readers of all ages turning the pages. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Joe
Enjoyed this very much. Family felt neglected while I was reading this one!Published 2 months ago by Roberta Dietz
David Drake's writing has always been entertaining, crisp, stimulating. I love military sci-fi and Drake is a past master of the genre (would love to see another Ned Slade... Read morePublished 2 months ago by 5th Buck