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- Print Length: 253 pages
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- Publisher: Delphinium Press LLC (September 7, 2016)
- Publication Date: September 7, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01LVVZBX2
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- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #981,034 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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It is an entertaining tale of a puzzling world. 800 years after a global nuclear exchange.
Humans, their bodies, minds and social organizations are changed in ways that unfold in the telling of the tale.
The narrative follows the evolution of the career of a young man, an innocent, surrounded by odd folks with cryptic motivations. Through the telling of the tale the characters become clearer without becoming clear. It will take much more telling to achieve that goal but the trip is fun.
I eagerly await volume 3.
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In the engaging world that Bryan Choi and Erica Carson have crafted, ammunition is currency, death is a constant certainty, and hope is in short supply. The map of Europe has been redrawn, and the Argead Dominion and its soldiers were unfortunate enough to be directly between the mutated Templars of Ursala in the West and the endless hordes of the immortal padishah and his Imperium to the East. Fortunately, our heroes, the luckless men and women of the ill (some say heretically) named company Tirefire the Lesser, have discovered the best way to face the apocalypse: with gallows humor and a strong inclination to hoard ammunition, because a dead hero has nothing on a live, wealthy retiree.
There's also Taki, our stalwart protagonist and currently the second-newest member of Tirefire the Lesser. You'll like him. He'll make you facepalm multiple times, but you'll still like him. Even if he *is* still a virgin.
The post-apocalyptic genre gets a lot of unflattering descriptors these days: overexposed, unimaginative, repetitious. Swords of the Imperium deftly exploits its setting to tell a story that defies these stale conventions, one that's more military tactics than mutants, more banter than biohazards, and more royalty than radiation. If you've ever wanted to read a story about knights in platemail and kevlar following up a lance charge with a volley from their painstakingly refurbished Lee-Enfields, or hard-bitten soldiers equally adept with longswords and revolvers squaring off in battle, then you should invest in this series immediately. I promise you won't regret it.
You'll want to check out the previous book in the series, Guns of the Temple, for the full context here, but Swords of the Imperium helpfully brings you up to speed pretty quickly. Both are fast-paced and packed with banter, action both grounded and akin to superheroics, and an overarching plot that's equally at home narrating the fate of empires, the machinations of ancient rivals, and the even more ancient, unsleeping, impossibly stubborn determination of the rank and file to never peel, cook, or eat potatoes ever again.
Unless they're fried, of course.
Seriously, give it a read. I promise you won't be disappointed.
The setting remains in the post-apocalyptic world where most of civilization has been destroyed, but those who remained created their own. What's the saying? War never changes? Despite the lessons of the past, war is a daily aspect of life in the new world. In a setting that, while set in the future, is oddly reminiscent of something before modern times, countries are at war with one another. Bullets are the currency of choice with the premium "old-world" bullets being worth the most as money but also highly desired for its use as actual ammunition. Of course, their arsenal doesn't stop there! Sword and shield are also commonplace. But that's not all: some humans are "gifted" with the special power known as prana which gives them the ability to use supernatural abilities. Such as shooting fire, wind, and lightning.
The story follows a ragtag group of soldiers on their quest for revenge while working for their new bosses. They've already been through a lot together and in their connection to each other and also their constant bickering. Seriously, get this book for the banter and insults alone and it would be worth it. The main character, Taki, is the least experienced of them all but probably the most mature one of the bunch. Watch as he navigates a harsh world of war and tries to figure out the most dangerous threat of all: girls. Bless his heart the poor little guy tries his best.
Pick this one up for sure, and if you haven't read Guns of the Temple, pick it up too and read it first!
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