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"Northworld is that rare work -- a novel that works on more than one level. A stunning tapestry ... highly recommended!"

-- The SFRA Newsletter

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The inhuman Rulers of the galaxy sent three fleets to learn what had happened to the world located by Captain North and the Survey Team he led. Neither a soul nor a message returned. The fourth time, the Rulers sent a single man: Nils Hansen.

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!

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 791 pages
  • Publisher: Baen (March 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671577875
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671577872
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.3 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (347 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #875,305 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Army took David Drake from Duke Law School and sent him on a motorized tour of Viet Nam and Cambodia with the 11th Cav, the Blackhorse. He learned new skills, saw interesting sights, and met exotic people who hadn't run fast enough to get away.

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.

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I'm from Iceland and know the myths that Drake bases this book on quite well and I must say he does a very good job. The story is well writin and manages to bring the feeling of the viking sagas into a great sci-fi book. Strongly recommand this book for all Drake fans
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This review is for the whole trilogy and not just the first book.

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.
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The Northworld Trilogy, based on Norse tales, is not a light, airy read. Many of the characters are less than likeable, and blood and gore are easy to find (not a problem here, but some are more squeamish). That said, this is a good series. One reviewer complained that some of the characters were two-dimensional. Doesn't everyone know a few people who seem the same? Not everyone in this world or any other has varied and complex reasons for their actions, or lack thereof. The characters have their reasons, and one of the driving forces for many of them (as was true in many Norse stories) is revenge. Mr. Drake has a way with imagery, especially when dealing with combat that makes it seem as if you are in the fight, and you care about the characters involved. All in all, a good series by an author with many good series such as Hammer's Slammer's; the Igniting the Reaches trilogy; and his new series, with Eric Flint, (An Oblique Approach, and In the Heart of Darkness).Also HIGHLY recommended is his book, Patriots.
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Okay I will keep it short, although there have been criticisms of the ending, I don't agree with them, predictable yes but I don't see how that is automatically negative. But the true strong point of this work is how the author blends craft and wonderful ideas. I do like Simon R. Green and an earlier review had mentioned him as a better alternative, but Green does not have the craft or skill to his writing that Drake does. He has great ideas though. Basically what I am attempting to say is this, Northworld is a wonderfully written series that you can easily lose yourself in.
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Northworld is one of my favorite books. I've owned my copy of it for about two years, and am now reading it for the fourth time. This book is complex at times, so you have to put some effort into keeping up with it. David Drake did a good job combining sci fi and nordic mythology. The combinations of futuristic technology with a feudal society in the Peace Rock sections is especially interesting. And in response to those who say the ending is predictable, yes it is. And I would have been disappointed with any other ending.
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This is another classic trilogy from David Drake, who forged "Hammers' Slammers" and also (with Steve Stirling, another fine wordsmith) gave us "The General" series. Drake is particularly adept and both using and acknowledging the sources of myth and legend while striding boldly outside what we used to think were the limitations and cliches of those genres.
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.
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Loosely referenced to Norse themes, but not very well done. gratuitous sex throughout, improbable escapes, miraculous victories....blah. Gorey as are the Norse references, but purposely. Had to skim a lot to finish.
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