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March to the Stars (Prince Roger Series #3) Mass Market Paperback – April 1, 2004

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Book 3 of 4 in the Empire of Man Series

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Science fiction icon David Weber (the Honor Harrington series) teams up with Airborne-soldier-turned-author John Ringo (A Hymn Before Battle) in their third novel about Prince Roger Ramius Sergei Chiang Alexander MacClintock, Heir Tertiary to the Throne of Man. March to the Stars continues the adventures of Roger and the Bronze Barbarians that started in March Upcountry and continued in March to the Sea as they battle their way across the remote planet of Marduk in their bid to return home to Earth. Through the course of these first three novels, Roger has grown from a spoiled brat into a true leader of men and aliens alike. March to the Stars takes the Bronze Barbarians of the Imperial Guard across the Eastern Ocean of Marduk, facing giant sea monsters and pirates, and eventually to a spaceport held by humans of questionable loyalties. The naval battle with Mardukian pirates contains some swashbuckling heroics worthy of Errol Flynn himself, and Roger learns that not everything is as it seems on either Marduk or Earth. Fortunately, he's got the Bronze Barbarians and the Basik's Own at his back.

Collaboration is a tricky art form, and the resulting work can often feel rough and blocky, with the writers' differing styles at odds. Weber and Ringo deliver a work with a smooth blending of style, serving up a sum that is indeed greater than its parts. Readers should be warned, however, that by the end of the story they will likely be tempted to scoop up other works by these authors to satisfy their reading needs while waiting for the next novel in the series. --Ron Peterson --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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In their third outstanding military SF novel about a spoiled, foppish princeling's coming of age while marooned on the primitive planet of Marduk after a bungled assassination attempt, Weber and Flint (March Upcountry; March to the Sea) show Prince Roger developing into a thoughtful and highly competent (not to mention dangerous and charismatic) leader, who can inspire loyalty among both his Marine bodyguards and the Mardukan troops who have lent a hand or four. Parallels with Prince Hal in Henry IV are probably intentional, adding a certain gravitas to the many exceptionally well-done battle scenes, especially one that recalls the scale of Tolkien's Helm's Deep, which Roger wins by exercise of intelligence rather than strength. The prince and his followers discover that the original assassination attempt is part of a wider plot, as is a particularly loathsome example of cross-cultural contamination affecting the dominant Mardukan society. As Roger and company prepare to leave the planet, readers can look forward to seeing how the authors will retell Henry V. It should be one hell of a St. Crispin's Day.
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 626 pages
  • Publisher: Baen (April 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743488180
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743488181
  • Product Dimensions: 4.1 x 1.6 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (104 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #678,952 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
There are reasons to read this book and then there are reasons not to read this book. If you, like me, thought the first two books of this series was some of the greatest sci-fi you have ever read, then you might be disappointed at reading this book. The March series, for now, is scheduled to be part of a 7 book series, which you no doubt knew roughly since Weber is given to writing a fuller universe than is present in March Upcountry. Given that knowledge, this book is more of a conclusion, a bitter conclusion, but still a conclusion to the battles fought on Marduk.
This novel serves the purpose of introducing the problems Roger will face when he tries to leave Marduk. Which was expected of course, just not the depth of those problems which came as a surprise for me. Rather a bitter, twangy, and sweet surprise. You will not see Roger "grow" as he grew in March Upcountry or March to the Sea. However, you will see Roger experience factors which will cause him to grow, because if he doesn't grow the consequences are rather unpleasant.
The sea voyage will be new and refreshing but after that things become more twisted. The land campaign is plagued with complexities of security and planning. Hard enough to fight natives who outnumber you, but add the spaceport to the mix and things start getting ugly.
So... If you want to continue this series or just want to know the end of the time spent on Marduk with an adequate sense of completion, then read the book. If you want to see Roger become more than he is at the moment, then you'll have to wait for the next book or books in the series. If you want to see Roger's romance develop into marriage, don't count on it buddy. Now that you know everything you need to know before reading the book, decide on whether it is worth it to you to read it.
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Format: Hardcover
During the first two books (MARCH UPCOUNTRY & MARCH TO THE SEA) spoiled Prince Roger transformed into a warrior. At the beginning of book three, Prince Roger Ramius Sergei Alexander Chiang MacClintock and his Marines have begun crossing a treacherous sea on the planet Marduk.
Many native Mardukan characters from the previous books had joined the Royal Marines. The Empire thought them all long dead. However, Roger's troop had to somehow get off the hot and boggy planet they had wrecked on before they could let the Empire know otherwise.
After six long months of marches and too many battles to recall, they were finally nearing the small and secluded space port which was their destination. Information made the port seem to be hostile instead of friendly, but since nothing had been easy up until now, the information did not come as a big surprise. The hostiles would just have to learn the old truism: You DON'T mess with a MacClintock.
***** Okay, I do not think it is a spoiler to tell you this much: There is going to be a fourth book. There HAS to be. By the time you are half way into the book you just KNOW that there is no way all this can be done in one book. The authors added a few new twists to ensure the necessity of another book. Personally, I believe this series is the best, with only the Honor Harrington series being better. There is just too much time in between each of these books though.
If you are just researching and have not read the first two books as yet, then do not bother to begin reading the series until after the next book comes out. You must read all the books, in order, to understand the major characters, as well as what is going on.
Each book left me begging for more and this one is no exception. This is an awesome series with two well known and brilliant authors creating spectacular characters and places for readers to lose themselves in. Highly recommended book. Part of a highly recommended series. *****
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Format: Hardcover
I have to admit I had extremely high expectations for March to the Stars, probably too high. After all March Upland and March to the Sea were two of the best books I have read in years. The characters, character development and action were superb. However this third installment left me a little unsatisfied.
In March to the Stars you have for the most part the same characters, same action, so where is the problem? The problem is that they are the same. I mean how many barbarian hordes can you slaughter before it gets a little old? How long can unrequited love continue before it gets stale and you begin to believe the characters involved are mere idiots instead of soul scared human beings? (I have to admit this part really bothered me, the romanticist in me wanted to see a lot more development in the relationship between the prince and Sergeant Despreaux and the turn it took disappointed me. My problem you say? Correct but it did not help to give me an overall "feel good" for the book.)
Another problem I had with this series is when will it end? In my opinion this could have been wrapped up in this volume ending what I would consider to be one of the best stories written in the past few years. But no, we are left on the hook again. Not necessary a bad thing but I fear that excessively prolonging it will diminish the excellent story that has already been written. I look to the Wheel of Time or the Sword of Truth series' as examples of authors who just don't know when to stop! I am sorry to see a good thing run into the ground and I fear it may happen here. John Ringo's A Hymn Before Battle series is heading down that path quickly. Every story needs closure or it becomes tedious and boring.
In summary this volume was average at best. The best I can say about it, since I will probably have to wait another year for the next one, is that I won't waiting around with that gut wrenching anticipation that March to the Sea gave me.
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