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The Cold Cash War Mass Market Paperback – September 1, 1992

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About the Author

Robert (Lynn) Asprin was born in 1946. While he has written some stand alone novels such as Cold Cash War, Tambu, The Bug Wars and also the Duncan and Mallory Illustrated stories, Bob is best known for his series: The Myth Adventures of Aahz and Skeeve; the Phule novels; and, more recently, the Time Scout novels written with Linda Evans. He also edited the groundbreaking Thieves World anthologies with Lynn Abbey. His most recent collaboration is License Invoked written with Jody Lynn Nye. It is set in the French Quarter, New Orleans where he currently lives.


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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback
  • Publisher: Ace (September 1, 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0441113826
  • ISBN-13: 978-0441113828
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 1 x 5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,002,889 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Alan P. Zube on March 13, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I have read Asprin's amazing "Myth" and "Thieves' World" series, and compliment him greatly on these fine works. One day, I was reading a list of Asprin books and saw "Cold Cash War". Normally a fantasy lover, I expanded my horizions and decided to see if this science fiction/war novel was any good.
Boy, was I suprised. Asprin amazes me with grim detail and cultural changes in his "corporate world", where the country is run by feuding businesses. With mercenaries and Japaneese samauri, these corporations battle the US government in the ultimate battle for business freedom. Not for every Asprin reader (especially not a lighthearted one), but an intriguing book for any techno or war fan. The only depressing thing about it is that Asprin never wrote a sequel.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By David Hood VINE VOICE on July 17, 2006
Format: Mass Market Paperback
There are some interesting ideas in this brief satire of business, war and politics. Unfortunately they get overshadowed by the poor mechanics of the plot. Along with the interesting ideas are also some hoary cliches Asprin should have been ashamed to have included. We have the elite ninjas, we have the grizzled and competent mercenaries.

What seems to be at first an anti-corporate screed as we see corporations warring with one another by the use of simulated combat and slowly escalating this combat to real combat and assassinating executives of other corporations soon turns to an anti-government screed as the governments go to war against the corporations and lose badly. At the end we have joint rule by corporations and a Russia-China communist consortium presented as a good thing!?

I am normally in favor of shorter works given today's prediliction towards 1000 page books full of filler, but in this case the book was too short to fully develop the plots of double-crossing and to develop his characters.

So though it was interesting and a quick read, the oddness of the conclusions and shifting of villains and the lack of development leave this only average.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 18, 1997
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Those used to Asprin's more recent works might have difficulty connecting the author of light humor works such as Phule's Company and MYTH-Adventures to this biting, bloodthirsty satire on the corporate culture and warfare. This is not a pleasant world - from corporate subcontractors sabotaging equipment to take over their competitors to wounded soldiers burying themselves alive to deprive their enemies of a body count, nothing is sacred, and everything is for sale to the highest bidder.

Many argue that Asprin is at his best when writing screwball comedy, and in depicting vivid characters to interact within this framework. In Cold Cash War, his characters are often too stereotypical to have individual identities, and the humor is much more deeply seated. Skeeve in the author's Myth Adventures books is frequently sympathetic because his actions are unbelievable - the Cold Cash Warriors, however, are entirely too believable, even when their actions are unpredictable. This places an edge on the humor, as if we are uncertain whether to laugh or shudder.

This book is a must-read only to the dedicated Asprin fan, along with the author's other fantasy-war book, The Bug Wars. Those who enjoy their humor dark, and with a healthy dose of cynicism, will also enjoy this book. Those who would rather wait and find out who offed Gleep may want to pass this one by.
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
The Cold Cash War (1977) was Robert Asprin's first book. Asprin was later to establish a name for himself with humorous fantasy - the Myth Adventures series probably being his most impressive and longest-running contribution to the genre. However, in 1977, Asprin seemed to have a much more grim look at things.

In The Cold Cash War, corporations are using military operations as a bizarre way of settling contract negotiations. Armies - all wearing special suits and using non-lethal weaponry - muck around in the wilderness (mostly Brazil).

By employing armies of mercenaries to zap one another in this advanced form of lasertag, the corporations resolve their disagreements without having to deal with things like 'courts' or 'laws'.

The book starts with a conflict between a communications conglomerate and an oil company, but its focus quickly expands. A negotiating tactic results in non-military personnel (e.g. 'Jan in Corporate') becoming fair targets. Fake warfare immediately becomes real assassination. It doesn't take long for the government to notice the sudden spate of dead executives, and fake warfare soon becomes dangerously real...

There are other players involved as well. A Japanese zaibatsu - for no discernible reason - is preparing to get involved. Information brokers and spies flit around the outskirts of the conflict, trying to figure out what's going on. And most ominous of all - the Communist nations (the "C-Block") squat silently in the background, biding their time as the capitalists kill one another off.

The story is told through a half-dozen disparate points of view. A corporate negotiator, an information broken, a mercenary commander and even one of the marketing team assigned to 'sell' the war to the public.
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