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March to the Stars (Prince Roger Series #3) Mass Market Paperback – April 1, 2004
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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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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.
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. *****
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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... An absolute favorite. From civilized canibals to open ocean naval warfare, to spaceships battles, the series continues to amaze, inspire, horrify, and read well. Great Job!Published 5 months ago by M. Dave Salisbury
March to the Stars (Weber, David) ...; Item came as described. thank you.Published 7 months ago by oshirenshi