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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Baen (January 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743498771
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743498777
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.1 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #812,427 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A blend of Keith Laumer's Bolos and David Drake's Slammers. . . ." --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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This would make a pretty good script for a video game.
TimInBC
Highly recommended to any fan of military sci-fi this novel has the feel of reality with all the flash and bang of a space opera.
James J. Gerbino
Both space and ground-based future combat proposes problems which the authors solve in truly unique ways.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By James J. Gerbino on July 12, 2003
Format: Hardcover
Another Baen book that covers new ground in the Military Sci-fi sub-genre, The War With Earth has some old ideas mixed with some startling concepts and great action. The result... a thumping good book!
Our hero has just finished fighting a long and terrible war in the coffin of his super-cybertank. Then he finds out he has really only fought a virtual 'fake' war as his training and he is not only not a general and war hero, he is only a tank commander. But a real war is on the horizon.
The real juice of the story is the Mk 19 Battle Tank and its machine intelligence. The tanks have more personality than the characters in many a novel and the interaction between tank and human is the soul of the story. The action is really secondary to me. I read this in one sitting and then went online and found the author's other book from Baen, A Boy and His Tank.
Highly recommended to any fan of military sci-fi this novel has the feel of reality with all the flash and bang of a space opera. The workings of military hierarchies are dead on and the future politics ring true. Good stuff.
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17 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Andrew X. Lias on July 28, 2003
Format: Hardcover
I am rather fond of A Boy and His Tank. Although not a book that's going to win a Pulitzer, it was a remarkably fun bit of millitary adventure.
The sequel, however, is simply awful. For one think, almost the entire first half of the book is spent detailing the protagonists real estate, financial and political doings, in thoroughly tedious and unexciting detail.
What is worse, however, is that this is one of those stories where the hero not only invariably wins, but he becomes immensely rich and powerful in the process, never making any but the most inconsequential of missteps and always demonstrated to be intelligent, wise, and unlucky beyond all conceivable possibility.
Worst of all, virtually everything that happened in the first book is negated in the second. All of the really interesting events from the first book are proven to be, quite literally, a dream. One is left to wonder what the point was.
Frankly, the story reads like [...] It is fantasy wish-fulfillment of the most indulgent variety. Rather than having interesting characters with foibles and limitations who face actual challenges, we have a kind of mock-god who goes around knocking the stuffing out of cardboard enemies who come across as no more threatening than cut-outs.
I do not know why this book is so deplorable when its predecessor was so enjoyable. Perhaps it's a case where one author is the right number (Frankowski wrote ABahT by himself), where a second author is one too many. Or, perhaps, the author simply lost his direction. Whatever the case may be, if like the first book, stop. Trust me, you'll be better of for having done so.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A. L. Jones on August 9, 2003
Format: Hardcover
Reading this reminded me how many of the hundreds of SF titles I've read really didn't think much through like the real implications of technology or the character's lives outside the action/technical problem. This book is bursting with new ideas, insights, and concepts that probably will influence real military designers more than Star Trek or Star Wars' thin concepts of Francis Drake's longboat in space or aircraft carriers in space ever did. The implications of the technology and how it's used together reflects both Frankowski's often subtle wisdom and his collaborator's military field experience.
It definitely has the impact of how war goes when one side is constantly trained, tests simulations to find the right approach and rehearse, has superior communications and information, and maximizes a technological advantage. The first reviewer probably wouldn't believe the U.S. performance in the Gulf War, Afghanistan, Grenada, Panama, Iraq II, or anything the Israelis, British SAS, etc. have accomplished either because this stuff does create such an enormous advantage over any foe. I enjoy Frankowski's social commentary, economic insights, human relationships, and entrepreneurial mindset as much or more than the combat sequences and I think they make his books considerably different and richer than most. I've met and worked with a lot of folks like his characters so I guess they don't seem unbelievable to me. This and it's prequel A Boy and His Tank are among the best real military SF yet written, they're just not space operas based on World War I battleship slugfests, WWII carriers, or 17th century Spanish Main models.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By TimInBC on June 18, 2006
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Ok, I know that when I pick up a Frankowski book it's going to be a Heinleinesque romp in which a supergenius and his almost-as-brilliant friends are going to slaughter millions of faceless bad guys despite being surrounded by incompetent leaders and wimpy civilians. I know that occasionally he will stop to sigh, "Ah, the humanity" before slaughtering some more people. I even expect the usual stuff about the militocracy - serve in the army or you don't vote, for example. I can put up with that occasionally for a plot full of interesting ideas.

But this? Pfui. Here we have an apparently-infinite supply of drones, tanks, ammunition and AIs whose intelligence finally answers the question, "Who wrote the Junior Woodchucks manual that Huey, Dewey and louie always looked in to learn how to do anything?"

Now stir in a diamond of apparently infinite size, the ability to operate at 30-50 times normal speed in Dream World and in Combat Mode - although oddly enough the other side never seems to be able to do this. Add in a transmitter-receiver network that can send anything anywhere in zero time.

Now use those to write a plot that is a series of small challenges, each solved by a bit of "with a mighty leap they did it, never mind how" and each ending with lots of dead bad guys.

The only intellectual challenge in this book is deciding whether it's a tribute to early pulp fiction, or the outcome of a ghastly prank where the authors placed a large wager with other authors that they could write the most ludicrous tripe ever printed on paper.
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