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The Complete Hammer's Slammers: Volume I Paperback – October 6, 2009
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Here are brief reviews of the more substantial stories (mostly short stories, except where noted) from THE COMPLETE HAMMER'S SLAMMERS (VOLUME ONE):
*** UNDER THE HAMMER (1974) - Details a newbie Rob Jenne's first day among Hammer's Slammers - and he ends up having to learn fast.
**** THE BUTCHER'S BILL (1974) - If you hire the Slammers to get the job done, don't expect them or Sergeant-Commander Pritchard to play around when things get tough.
*** BUT LOYAL TO HIS OWN (1975) - Tells how the Slammers regiment got their start, and introduces Joachim Stueben, Colonel Hammer's smallish personal bodyguard - who has a prediliction for killing.
*** CAUGHT IN THE CROSSFIRE (1978) - A young lady has to learn to kill quickly, and then chooses to join up with the Slammers, rather than go back with her now-husbandless villagemates.
***** CULTURAL CONFLICT (1979) - A remotely stationed platoon of Slammers meets up with an intelligent race of dense forest tree-dwellers, which leeds to a different kind of conflict with immense ramifications to all parties.
*** 1/2 HANGMAN (1979) Novellete - Danny Pritchard is now a Captain, and highly-trusted element of the Slammers. He doesn't approve of the casual voilence of Stueben, but will get the job done when called upon.Read more ›
The Slammers are, as Dave once said himself, "the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment with ray-guns", and are notably inspired by what Dave saw and heard while he was with the Blackhorse Cav in Vietnam and Cambodia some few years ago. Some of the best tales available to bring the violence, confusion and sometimes ambiguity of who the "good guys" are in combat to the reader.
If you have read Dave's Slammers material before, you'll enjoy having it pulled together into this anthology and will want the book. If you haven't, you owe yourself the pleasure of getting this book of tightly written, fast moving stories of what combat does to those who have the "privelege" of experiencing it.
One of the cool aspects of the Complete series is the insertion of small chapters that describe various aspects of the Drake universe that I do not believe are described elsewhere, such as the development of powerguns, the ascension of tanks on those battlefields, the emergence of the mercenary "trade system" and other things. Also included are illustrations that give you an idea of what some of these vehicles look like.
All in all, I highly recommend these books for anyone who enjoys military sci-fi.
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Going into this, you have to understand the main characters are the hover tanks and to a lesser extent the commander Alois Hammer. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Johnnie B.
Hammers Slammers is a tough read. Not for the craft of the story but because I wanted to understand and "feel" every detail. Read morePublished 1 month ago by G. Clark
Completed my collection of the Slammers books. This is a good introduction to the Slammers series.Published 1 month ago by Bruce E. Beinlich
Getting the series in kindle format to replace hard copy.Published 1 month ago by Craig C. Brinkmeyer
Drake you cophead . Now I'm even more sleep deprived! This is a great volume of realistic (can sci-fi be realistic? Read morePublished 4 months ago by A Dunn
Great stories, well told! If you are a Hammer's Slammer's fan, you'll love all three volumes. If not, you may very well become a fan.Published 4 months ago by Larry