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The Sword and the Dagger (Battletech) Paperback – April, 1987


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Product Details

  • Series: Battletech
  • Paperback
  • Publisher: FASA Corporation (April 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0931787777
  • ISBN-13: 978-0931787775
  • Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 4.3 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #277,780 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Customer Reviews

The writing style is poor and the plot weak.
Piket
The book is somewhat less pervaded with the notion of "Good vs. Evil" that runs amok in Stackpole works and in that light, does its job.
Augustus
I've read them all and This ranks at the top.
gavin priebe (someguy@randomc.com)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By KevinPDonnelly on March 18, 2013
Format: Paperback
I owned & read this book when the only way to play with 'Mechs was to get the Miniatures and tabletop together to do battle with your friends. Ardath SHOULD have written many more. The characters of Hanse Davion, Archon Kristina Stiener and the rest of the Inner Sphere Houses, the warfare and intrigue made the miniatures games that much more enjoyable. Though it has been called "outdated" and not really connected, the Whole Modern Era of Mechwarrior and all these Successors to/of the Clan invasion (liberation according to the Clanner View as the progeny of General Kerensky..)would not exist without works such as this. Not to mention the Original Box Set with the paper card miniatures FASA first published in the mid '80's. Current "History" Does Not exist with out a Foundation to spring from. This book should not have been the sibling-less offering it had to become when FASA started to die. If Anyone would truely like to understand where the Lave Gun in MechAssault on the Original XBOX, or any of the other amazing LosTech advances, brought back by the Clans,NAIS and many others came from, this book and the original Compendium and Tech Readouts from the FASA years, would give them the understanding of ComStar, The KF drive and the rest of The Star Leagues' Pre-History, The Foundation, as it were, Of MechWarrior Online, MEKTEK and all the other platform/offerings available in the universe of Battle/Mech Warriors.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By John Winters on September 5, 2001
Format: Paperback
First off you're going to see doubles for important people cropping up throughout the books and this is where that whole idea got started. It also explains a few things about 'mechs that aren't explained in later books, such as how they are able to hold so much ammunition for such large bore autocannons. I will admit the story is kind of flat at points, but if you don't read this book you aren't going to fully understand some of the later ramifications, especially the reasons for the fourth succession war that occurs in the Warrior trilogy. So if you can find it get this book and read it. I know one thing is for certain though I'm not getting rid of my copy, its just to hard and expensive to find.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Philip Rigby on February 13, 2002
Format: Paperback
....It sometimes seems confusing, in the fact that it was not what I was used to, post Clan Invasion tech and politics, not pre-clan. Once I got through that though, the story was good.
The characters are realistic, in their growth through the story. Also, the combat descriptions, while not as good as the later novels, is fair. The story is essential to the Battletech universe, and it explains many things. Things I hadn't understood from later novels, became clear from this book. It also gave me the incentive to purchase the Warrior Trilogy.
All in all, a good read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 23, 1998
Format: Paperback
As one of the first Battletech books, this deserves respect, and the story is intriguing, though it is now outdated, what with the viability of cloning these days. The idea of supplanting one of the rulers of a successor house is brilliant, and the meticulous planning are nearly perfect, and I would like to say I was satisfied with the ending, but it left me wanting more, which is a good thing for the publisher, a bad thing for me. ;)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rocky Sunico on September 11, 2014
Format: Paperback
Like many other Battletech novels that would follow this one, the story begins right in the middle of the action, which was rather fun. It's always nice to see how a full military assault unfolds starting from the enemy forces entering the target system and breaking past both orbital and ground defenses. The Capellan Confederation has always been known for its cunning tactics and reliance on trickery and their assault on Stein's Folley was a classic example of this. I'm not entirely sure why it was so important to take the point of view of Capellan aerojock Uchita Tucker given she quickly disappears from the story once the matters on Stein's Folly are resolved.

The greater story in play is a fairly complex one, and initially it felt a little annoying to be stuck with Ardan Sortek as our reference character. As much as his problems with Hanse Davions strategies are founded in his sense of honor, they way he acts on this does make him come across as a bit of a petulant child. But it did give him a lot of opportunity to grow as a character and so I suppose I can appreciate what was done here.

The Liao plot was a rather complex one - and I'll admit that I initially didn't quite get how it was being played out at first. Despite all the other books I've read in this franchise that were set well after this story, the twists and turns in this story were a little beyond me. That may or may not be a bad thing. On the one hand, perhaps it was truly such a masterful plot and one that deserves professional respect and admiration. On the other, perhaps it was just badly written and thus unintentionally confusing. It's a little hard to determine which of the two was more likely.

The first novel showcased a nice mix of Mech combat and ground tactics.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 23, 1999
Format: Paperback
It is amazing how the reviews of this book vary. I wonder how many of the reviewers played Battledroids (aka Battletech). There is no doubt the other writers are fine writers, but only Keith's Gray Death Legion surpasses how much I enjoyed this book. So much of the rest . . . simply filler and fluff to carry the game line.
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